Melissa Joan Hart Applies Childhood Lessons to Raising Sons

09/03/2008 at 04:00 PM ET
Courtesy The Wilkersons

Melissa Joan Hart is using her experience of being raised on the East Coast as the oldest of seven siblings to help her be a better parent to sons Mason Walter, 2 ½, and Braydon ‘Brady’ Hart, 5 ½ months. The actress tells TastyBaby, that "I’m trying my best to do everything my parents did for us, while also using the past as a learning device," but Melissa is the first to admit that "things have changed a lot since I was a kid and I am applying that with my morals and traditions that I was raised with." Melissa explains that she and husband Mark Wilkerson have formed one with their boys, "going to Disneyland on a birthday." However, "if we move back east, that one may be tough to keep up, but maybe we can do a birthday trip in February between their birthdays."

One thing that stands out to the 32-year-old is that before she had kids, she "always made my family come first and now I have my own little family to care for. I believe helping them become incredible adults is my biggest job now." In helping to accomplish that, Melissa is familiar with environmentally friendly products and tries to be green, but admits that "it is so difficult with kids."

"I think about it all the time, but with kids you want everything easy and clean and sometimes disposable stuff is the way to go. But other times, you can sacrifice a little time or effort to make the planet a better place for them."

Click ‘More’ to read about how Melissa and the boys stay active.

The former Sabrina the Teenage Witch star explained that "Ihave been looking for a hobby my whole life but haven’t been able tofind one," and that is something that she doesn’t want for her sons.Instead, she "want[s] them to try a little of everything and pick whatthey like when they are older." To accomplish that, she and Mark spendtime with each of the boys doing something different, which also helpsto keep everyone healthy and active.

"Somedays me and Mason take classes like art or music together, almosteveryday we go for a family walk, or to the park. We play a lot in theback yard with the dogs, but we are always moving."

Source: Tasty Baby

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Melissa has the cutest family!!

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