Glee Star Jessalyn Gilsig Says Motherhood Taught Her The Meaning Of Living

‘Glee’ star Jessalyn Gilsig got some good parenting advice, but it didn’t come out of a parenting book.  The actress got her best parenting tip on raising her 4-year-old daughter Penelope from pre-flight safety instructions.

“My mom told me, ‘Remember on the plane, they say if the oxygen masks come down, put yours on first before your child,’” Gilsig, 39, shares in the Fall issue of Mom. “I said it would be impossible, and she said, ‘I know, but they say it for a reason.’”

And that reason is what Jessalyn tries to apply to her every day living.

“I realized she was saying the best way to serve your child is to make sure you’re healthy, because they’re so dependent on you,” she explains.

“But it’s hard, because you figure you’ll get to yourself later. I’ve learned I’m no good to Penelope — or myself — if I’m not healthy.”

Being on a hit tv show keeps the celebrity mom busy, but it’s her daughter that makes her cherish every moment with the family, including husband Bobby Salomon.

“Motherhood has taught me the meaning of living in the moment and being at peace. Children don’t think about yesterday and they don’t think about tomorrow. They just exist in the moment,” she explains.

“When I’m with Penelope, I have to be present. I owe that to her — to not be haunted what might have been or to be obsessed over what I shoulda, woulda, coulda been doing.”

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