Deborah Norville says time flies when you have kids

04/02/2008 at 10:16 AM ET

Deborahnorville Deborah Norville has a message for all the other working moms out there:  "Lighten up on yourself!"  In a new interview with Mommy Track’d, the Inside Edition host talks about her refusal to sacrifice career for family (or vice versa) and says that all parties involved –including children Karl ‘Niki’ Nikolai, 17, Kyle Maximilian, 12, and Mikaela Katherina, 10 — are no worse for the wear. 

Your kids will survive your parenting mistakes and you will survive your kids and Lord willing, you and your husband will survive what is, without doubt, the most stressful event your marriage will face: child rearing!

That’s not to say that Deborah hasn’t had to make some tough decisions along the way, however.  Presented with the opportunity to anchor the CBS Evening News on Sundays, the 49-year-old walked away from the job because it required too much travel at a time when Niki was already displaying some separation anxiety issues.

I could NOT subject my child (and soon to be children, number two was on the way) to more of the absences that were causing him such trauma. I felt I couldn’t ask CBS to rewrite the rules of the game, by making demands that other mom/correspondents couldn’t make. So it seemed right to start fresh at ‘Inside Edition’ where I DID have written into my contract a limit on the amount of travel.

I knew the ‘news’ business would still be there if I chose to return later. But the time with the children really does fly by and the predictability of a New York based anchor job has allowed me to be there for the school plays and sports games and homework duty and doctor’s appointments.


Whether you work full time, part time or are taking some time off but plan to go back, Mommy Track’d is the multi-tasking site for you. We offer busy moms something they desperately need — a smart and entertaining resource to help manage the daily tug of war between work and home.

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celebaddict on

I say time flies when you’re having fun … and having kids is fun!

Judyb on

I remember when Niki was born there was a picture of her breastfeeding him in a womans magazine. It was a very beautiful picture but it caused a huge uproar. I liked her then and I like her now.

rainy on

I can’t find anything showing her oldest child’s correct age, but she had her first child in early 1991, right after I had my daughter. That would make the child 17. The picture that Judyb refers to was in in a March 1991 issue of People magazine.

ann on

Niki was born 27-Feb-1991, that would make him 17 and I sure her other kids are older as well.

Sarah’s note: Yes, I just found the correct ages for all the kids and changed Missy’s post. Thank you!

Tricia on

I am so glad you changed the kids’ ages from the original post–I was going a little nuts, because I remember doing jury duty in Manhattan in late 1990, and Deborah was there as well. She was a co-anchor on the Today Show then, and pregnant at the time. When I saw the original post, I thought, “Whatever happened with that pregnancy from almost 18 yrs ago?!?!” I can’t believe how the years have flown by . . .