Even though Jenni makes it look easy, the Flipping Out star says being a working mom is anything but. "How do you balance your work and family life? Barely," Jenni told The Daily Dish (clip above). "You keep it together, and I have so much respect for people that do it all, women, men. It's so rewarding to be a parent, but it's the biggest responsibility I think you'll ever have, that you're in charge of this other life and wanting the best for it."
Jenni admits that she also has a lot of help in raising Alianna. "I will give a massive amount of credit to my nanny, who has helped shape Alianna's life," Jenni said. "I think it's very important to not feel guilt when there's other figures that influence your daughter or son. Embrace that, embrace their teachers, embrace other people shaping them to who they will become, because I find it for myself, if I'm going to be jealous that my nanny and her have a bond, that's just my own problem, really, because they both have enriched each other's lives so greatly. And why not be able to have both of those things pan out and to have this other beautiful relationship built? I don't think it makes us any less of a unit."
Luckily, Jenni's boss Jeff Lewis realizes the difficulties of being a working parent. "I think when I was pregnant, Jeff understood that sometimes things were moving a little slower with my brain. So yeah, he was pretty understanding, and he definitely cut me some slack, I think," Jenni explained. "But I mean, that's cutting slack in Jeff Lewis' world, so how much slack is that really? It's like a pin drop."
With a baby girl of his own on the way, Jeff should be able to empathize with Jenni soon enough. "Now that he's becoming a parent, I think he is understanding things and appreciating things on a whole new level, so that will only continue when he does actually have the baby, I think," Jenni said.
But being away from Alianna, whether Jenni is at work or her daughter is at school, will probably always be a challenge. "Being away from Alianna is always difficult. As a working parent, you never want to leave home," Jenni said. "There's days where you just don't want to go to work. You want to just say, 'I want to just be with my baby all day long.'"
Jenni said one of the best things to do is to make the most of the time she and Alianna spend together. "If you're a working parent, I think, when it's your time with your child, be with your child. Don't be on your phone, don't plug out, don't clock out, and that will mean everything to them," she said. "I think Alianna and I have a really tight bond, but you have to work on that, like anything else. You have to be dialed in to make a relationship great."
Who wouldn't want to spend as much time as possible with the always-adorable Alianna?