Reality Show Moms Tell All About Motherhood

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As moms, we deal with dishes in the sink, stinky laundry in the corner, messy rooms behind closed doors – but what would happen if the cameras were in the house all day? Reality TV moms can't hide anything – and that's why we love them. We learn they are just like us (or sometimes nothing like us), but we applaud them for being so open with their family life and we've laughed and cried along with them. Our friends at Cafe Mom interviewed five of our favorite reality show moms -- Amy Roloff, Michelle Duggar, Kris Jenner, Tori Spelling, and Betty Hayes -- to celebrate them this Mother's Day and to also learn a little more.

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    Amy Roloff
    "Those moments [on the show] don't represent the last or the next 20 years of our lives, whether we are going through the best times or the most horrible times. You almost want to say, 'Can I put a mirror in your face?'" -- Amy Roloff, "Little People, Big World"

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    Michelle Duggar
    "I'll put it the way my daughter, Jill, said it: 'Mama, they just don't understand or know what it's like to be in our large family and how much fun we have and how sweet is it to have these little ones that look up to us and want to be like us.'" -- Michelle Duggar of "17 Kids & Counting"

    Beth Hall, AP

    Tori Spelling
    Although she was often upstaged by her late pug Mimi La Rue in the past, Spelling has become a force to reckon with as she pursued entrepreneurship and stayed in the spotlight on "Tori & Dean: Inn Love," all while pregnant with her second child, Stella.

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    Alex McCord
    "Ultimately there's not a lot of difference between me and most other moms. We all want the best for our children, to love them, educate them and provide them with the tools needed to launch themselves successfully into the world." -- Alex McCord, The Real Housewives of New York City

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    Kate Gosselin
    "You must have help -- accept it. It can be very difficult especially for someone like myself who likes to be in total control. That will continue until your kids are grown!" -- Kate Gosselin, "Jon & Kate Plus 8"

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    Amy Wolff
    "I know I will get bigger, and I know I will have a lot of baby weight. But I also know it won't be this huge, insurmountable thing. If I had gotten pregnant six months after the show, I would have been in the head space of worrying about my weight, and being really focused on that." -- Amy Wolff, "Biggest Loser"

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    Denise Richards
    We've been hearing about Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen drama in the tabloids for years, but when Richards decided to get her own reality TV show, "Denise Richards: It's Complicated," we learned she wasn't kidding. Between her messy, public divorce, raising her children and maintaining her status as a sex symbol, Richards' life is certainly more dramatic than the average mom.

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    NeNe Leakes
    Arguably the most popular of the "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," it's not surprising that NeNe Leakes upstages her two sons with social drama and her outspoken personality. Despite the controversy, Leakes says she still makes time to help others through her organization, "The Twisted Hearts Foundation," which promotes knowledge about domestic violence in the community.

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    Mommy Meerkat
    These moms of "Meerkat Manor" are wilder than most of the other matriarchs on reality TV, but they manage their families with the same loving care. Dominant female Flower rose to power and led her pack, the Whiskers, for more than five years.

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    Renee Wilson
    Appeared on "The Biggest Loser" with daughter Michelle Aguilar. Renee, 47, lost 45 pounds in seven weeks. "She was the quintessential yo-yo dieter," Michelle, 27, told "Prevention." Luckily the mother-daughter team was able to use familial motivation to break their old habits and start living a healthier lifestyle.

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Amy Roloff, mom of 4, star of TLC's Big People, Little World
I wouldn't trade anything to not share in the little and big moments I have been privileged to be with them. In a fleeting moment they are grown up on their own and I'll still be their mom. [Motherhood has taught me] that I don't need to be so focused on what people think of me, how good or not good I am.... The most important thing is to be the best I can be as a mom because four kids are depending on me.

Michelle Duggar, mom of 18, star of TLC's 18 Kids and Counting
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. I can say that the real proof is in the pudding. After work is done, you get only so many chances to mold and shape little lives. I pray the impact I had will come through later.

When my kids were young, they made handmade cards [for Mother's Day]. I keep them in a keepsake box.

Kris Jenner, mom to six children plus four step-kids, star of E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The most important lesson motherhood has taught me is that God has given me a huge responsibility in raising children, that will ultimately be the most important job I will ever do in my entire life. It has taught me that there is no room to be selfish.... My job is to be there for them always, and teach them strength, support, kindness, honesty and unconditional love. Being a Mom has been the greatest gift and the biggest joy I will ever know.

When they were little they used to hug so tight I thought I would choke and now, we all tell each other we love each other maybe 20 times a day! We never hang up the phone or sign off of an email or text without saying "I love you." Also the pride I feel for my children when they accomplish something they are excited about, and to see the joy that lights up their face. Priceless. When my kids are happy I am happy! Kim once said something she wasn't aware of that really hurt my feelings and when I finally told her, she wrote me the most amazing letter of how much she loves me and how much I mean to her. I will cherish it forever.

Tori Spelling, mom of 2, star of Oxygen's Inn Love, author of Mommywood
Motherhood has taught me so much. It changes your whole perspective on life. You realize how unimportant the small things are in life. You come to grasp total patience and are given the blessing of an overall purpose. I see life differently now through their innocent and yearning to be nurtured and taught eyes.

The best part of being a mom is knowing that it's my smile that greets each new day for the. It's my embrace that gently rocks them to sleep each night. It's knowing that I'm completely responsible for these little beautiful beings that depend solely on our love and nurturing to guide them. That's solidified each morning when I come into Liam's room and from his crib a huge smile beams out at me and I hear "hi mama." That's all I need to get through my day!

Betty Hayes, mom of 10, star of TLC's Table for 12
Motherhood has taught me how to be completely unselfish. Once you experience the unconditional love between a mother and child, your direction in life changes. You no longer come first and amazingly enough you don't mind. You don't mind giving them the last bit of whatever it is that you are enjoying and you don't mind standing in the sweltering sun praying for him to catch that fly ball because their happiness is your happiness....

My parents have a saying that I believe is the best advice for any new parent. "When they are at their least unlovable is when they most need to be loved."

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