Talk Show Host Tamron Hall Talks About Juggling Motherhood and Career
Tamron Hall is clearly thriving as a top talk show host on her solo daytime show. The television personality is also in the throws of balancing motherhood with her 9-month-old son Moses and the newlywed stage of marriage to husband Steve Greener.
With so many changes in just the past year, Hall is continuously strategizing on how to achieve the ever-elusive work-life balance and recently shared her typical routine with Parents Magazine.
Running the show
Hall spoke on the pressure she sometimes feels with being the backbone of her new talk show, which launched in September.
“With my work, I feel a huge responsibility to the people around me because if I win, everyone wins,” she told Parents earlier this month. “Everyone’s future, including my baby’s, is linked to mine. It’s a lot of pressure!”
Now with her show already renewed for a second season, Hall is learning to relax a bit. “I used to be anxious about the enormity of it all. Before my first day, I fantasized about packing up my baby and husband and jetting off to Mexico to sell T-shirts,” she admitted. “But I don’t think about it anymore on a day-to-day basis.”
The juggling act
Now with several months under her belt of heading the talk show, Hall is finding ways to divide her time between work and home.
“I call Mondays ‘Moses Mondays’ because we do only one show and he meets me here. On Wednesdays, I take him to baby music class,” the former Today co-host shared. “On Fridays, I work from home, studying for the upcoming week. I try to arrange my calls during his naps, but it’s a juggle.”
As most mothers do, Hall struggles with guilt over getting distracted at times and not giving enough of herself to either side. “I used to feel guilty for using my phone around him, but I can’t put my team on hold because I’m playing with my son, right?” she said. “That’s not fair to them either. So I just keep calls quick.”
Hall also realizes when she needs to delegate, including at home. “I recently said to my husband, ‘Do you think those paper towels just magically appear?’ I have this ‘I can handle it all’ attitude, but I’m trying to stop,” she revealed. “Not as a punishment to Steven, but as a lesson to myself. I have a partner and should pass off some of the household management.”
Keeping it real
Hall’s authenticity may be one of the top reasons her show is such a success, especially when it comes to the challenges of being a working mom.
“I’m not playing dress-up on the show. It’s me. I mean, I don’t wear a jewel-encrusted Miu Miu dress around my son, but I always dress cute,” she shared regarding her wardrobe. “This idea that momhood means uncute is so not true. Yes, I’ve had days when I’ve walked around disoriented in milk-stained leggings. But I’ve also had disorienting days as a working woman supporting myself in a competitive field driven by patriarchal rules. I just didn’t have milk stains then.”
The talk show star also keeps it real on social media, often posting relatable pics and foregoing the Photoshop. “I don’t mind Instagram, with all its filters, as long as we also get real and say, ‘Do you know how many pictures I took before I posted this one?’” Hall said. “If we all just rip off our masks and say, ‘Damn it, this is hard,’ we can release the pressure we unnecessarily endure. We’re all just doing the best we can.”
No wonder why Hall is such a fan fave!