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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Punky Brewster on being a mom



punky.jpgSoleil Moon Frye is all grown up. So grown up, in fact, that the celebrity, best known for her role in the 1980s sitcom Punky Brewster, has written a book on parenting. Recently, the 35-year-old released Happy Chaos, which chronicles her life from child stardom to time with her two daughters, Poet, 6, and Jagger, 3.

We caught up with Frye, who also is currently serving as “Mommy Ambassador” for Target, by phone from her home in Los Angeles, where she lives with her kids and husband Jason Goldberg.

What is on your nightstand?
It’s funny, I first have to say that I love classic literature. That’s one of the things I studied when I went to New School in New York. So I always go back to the classics. I just recently read The Giving Tree again with my daughters, and there I was bawling my eyes out just like I did when I was a kid. And what I have next to me on my nightstand always is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. Some people have the Bible next to them, but this seems to be my book of inspiration.

Is there a particular piece in The Prophet that stands out?
I literally go through it and find whatever it is I need at that moment. I’ll flip through it, and I’ll get insight. For example, when I was in Haiti a few months ago, I took it with me, and I kept reading back on the part about how we are builders.

Press for your book linked it with your blogging and social networking on Twitter and Facebook. Does this mean your time with books and writing is strictly digital?
First, it seems most of my time reading and writing is done between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., and I have to remind myself to go to bed because I’m going to have to get up with the kids. I’ve even tweeted from my closet at 3 a.m. But, I still love books and how you get taken away to a faraway place when you open them, and I still love to write by hand, and I encourage my girls to keep a journal as well.

Was there a particular poet on your mind when you named your daughter Poet?
There is a little inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe’s A Dream Within a Dream. I’ve always loved the lines, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.’’ We thought Poet would be a great name, and we also thought it would be fun to use “Poe’’ for short.

— Piper Castillo

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