Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren are both busy actors but that doesn't stop them from teaching their kids about the important things in life.

The value of hard work is one of those things.

Jessica is mum to three beautiful children - 10-year-old Honor, and 7-year-old Haven and baby Hayes, who turns one on New Years Eve.

And the 37-year-old wants them to appreciate all of the hard work that she and Cash do during the weekdays.

She said, ''if my kids complain when Cash and I go to work I say, 'Do you like your life? Because it's not free. Your dad and I work hard so you have everything you have. That's why you take care of your stuff. And guess what? If you don't work hard, your life won't always be like this.''

While the couple are working hard to give their children a happy life, she wants them right now to learn to recognize their privilege and work hard to have the lifestyle that they want when they're older.

So how does she overcome ''mum guilt''?

By taking her kids on her business trips with her. 

She said, ''I recently took Honor with me to Milan. We were two days early so we could have some together time. I can't be at every school drop-off and pickup, but I'm showing her my time is valuable and she is valuable to me. I also want her to see that my work is important and that I'm trying my best to make a difference, and maybe she'll absorb it.''

As candidly as she speaks about exposing her kids to her job, she also says that it's important that she doesn't bring the stress from work home with her.

She has previously spoken about how much she loves her job but that when things get too much, she refocuses ow she looks at things.

She said, ''a happy work place actually makes for a healthier person and healthier children. If you work five hours a day, but hate your job, your attitude when you come home and what that imposes on your kids outlook and their life and relationship with them, it really affects it.''

It seems that Jessica has nailed the work-life balance and just look at how adorable she and her family are.



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