Mariska Hargitay on Traveling With Toddlers

04/28/2009 at 03:00 PM ET
Courtesy Health

The journey of parenthood for actress Mariska Hargitay has been a learning experience from the start. While her pre-baby life is a memory of the past since welcoming her son August Miklos Friedrich, now 2 ½ years, Mariska jokes that, among other things, she has since acquired a newfound patience for traveling toddlers.

“My perfect analogy for being a parent is before you have kids, and you’re on a plane, and there’s a screaming kid, you’re like, shut that kid up, give me earplugs, get me a blanket to put over my head!” she laughs in a new interview with Health magazine. Now as a fellow mother, the 45-year-old is more likely to lend a hand — or a smile! — to the stressed parents.

“Because you think about the time your kid was screaming, and you know everyone hates you, and there was the one parent who looks at you and smiles, and that compassion is everything.”

Despite her busy schedule, Mariska manages to find pleasure in the simplest of things. Her remedy for life’s troubles? Laughter, and for her, the ability to laugh is not one she takes for granted. “I always try to laugh,” she says. “Between August — and the things that come out of that kid’s mouth — my friends, my husband … I laugh a lot.”

Still, while her son’s sayings keeps her in fits of giggles, the temptation to add to her family of three isn’t pressing on her list of priorities.

“You know, I have no idea. Do I want more? Sometimes. Am I scared of it? Yeah! I have a lot on my plate, so I can’t say I want more of anything right now.”

August is the first child for Mariska and her husband Peter Hermann.

Source: Health

— Anya

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Katie on

To me Mariska is the epitome of compassion! Gotta love this woman! And I find her very hilarious in real life, as I have watched some interviews.. she is as she says part Lucille Ball!

Natasha on

I LOVE this woman. She’s amazing. I hope she does have more kids because August is gorgeous.

Tessa on

I love Mariska Hargitay, but I am guessing she is probably done having kids (reading btwn the lines of her interview). She had a lot of health issues with her pregnancy with August, and she recently had a collapsed lung. And at 45, she might want to just focus her time on August. He’s such a cutie-pie!

Tee on

Mariska is a wonderful actress and appears to be a wonderful wife and mother. I would love to see her have more children. She and her husband have spoken about adopting. That would be a great way for her and Peter to add to their family if they choose not to have any more biological children. (For that matter, it’d be great if they choose to have more biological children!)

FC on

I understand her views on the subject of more children. But hey, she’s got a beautiful one right now and that’s nothing to be ashamed of!

I love the bits from her interview, and she looks fabulous on that cover. 🙂

Emily on

That analogy is right on! I’ve noticed the difference most in motherhood during travel/outings as well. It actually stressed me out a lot until some wise women told me, “You know what? Babies cry. People have to understand that.” I too love that compassionate, I’ve-been-there look from other parents!

desaudia on

mariska is totally gorgeous and seems really cool

Lioness on

I wish we could see more of Augustus- I never like to compare one celeb baby to another, or pick a “cutest” or favorite… so I’ll just say that Augustus is unbelievably easy on the eyes- I mean just really, really cute! And he always looks happy. CBB, where are the Augustus shots!? Mariska looks gorgeous as always.

Lioness on

Pardon me, August. And I’m also conflictedly glad that the kid isn’t constantly subjected to paparazzi in his face. So I’ll wait patiently for the next pic of the little man 🙂

Anne on

I love and admire this great woman. She has a beautiful family.