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Hilary Duff Says Her Kids’ Lack of Sibling Rivalry is Her Mom-Guilt Remedy

Seven years after having a baby boy with Mike Comrie, Hilary Duff gave birth to a baby girl with her now-husband Matthew Koma. Banks and Luca Cruz are in totally different life stages (the toddler vs. big kid gap is wide) but they both still require a lot of attention from the mom of two. And as plenty of parents can attest, dividing your energy between two or more kids isn’t easy — and can bring on mom guilt like nothing else. But Duff seems to be handling it like a champ. 

“A newborn needs their mom so much, and so much of that time is sitting and nursing. You’re kind of incapable of physically doing anything else with another child,” she tells People. “[My son] Luca was almost seven when I had her. I had a lot of guilt and felt like, ‘Am I giving him enough?’”

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Once Duff saw Luca with Banks, though, it really changed things for her. “Their bond was so sweet right away. It helped me overcome that [guilt] because I saw that he was old enough to [understand],” the actress told People. “If I could give him a finite, ‘Hey, I have to do this for the next 35 minutes, and then it’s going to be your time with me,’ he could wrap his head around that. The age gap is actually really great. They’re buddies,” she concludes. 

As far as social distancing is going, her family is hanging in there together. “We’re trying to make it fun and playful and trying to involve the kids in cooking. Trying to make everything fun has been key, and we just feel really accomplished by the end of the day!” the Younger star says about their family dynamic during the pandemic. But helping with “four-plus hours of homeschooling a day,” while keeping her house clean is something Duff says is a huge challenge. Sounds like she’s pretty much…every mom at home with kids right now.

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