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Hoda Kotb Dishes On Raising Daughters Haley & Hope, Says She Loves Having A 'Little Family' Of Her Own

Aug. 22 2022, Published 1:09 p.m. ET

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Hoda Kotb is used to working long hours as a co-anchor for the TODAY show, and believe it not, she's somehow managed to maintain her career while also parenting her two little girls, Haley Joy, 5, and Hope Catherine, 3.

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Though 58-year-old broadcast journalist and TV personality can't always be there when they wake up, she leaves her children a morning note and a map on how to find it.

"I draw cartoons, and then I hide it so they see it before they go to school," she shared. "Then a lot of the time I'm done with work and can pick them up in the afternoon. We're eating dinner at 5, in the bath by 6, drying off at 6:30, in the room singing all their songs. It's over, lights out, click, at 7, and I'm usually out by 7:30 because I have to get up at 3 a.m."

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The morning bird doesn't know what she'll do when the children grow up, but she's been "digging this weird time" so far. "I'm on a child's schedule!" she said.

The I've Loved You Since Forever author has realized that building a life around her kids has given her a sense of greater joy — even more than she could have imagined.

"Family to me is everything — and having one of my own is something I never thought I'd have," she said. Kotb became a mother at age 52 through adoption.

"I always imagined family as my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister," she explained. "I envisioned it that way until I was 50. Imagine someone saying, 'Hey, guess what? You're actually going to have a whole other family.' It still surprises me! It delights me to know that I have Haley and Hope."

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The morning show host also spoke about other special moments she shares with her children. "They fell asleep on me yesterday after having meltdowns, and I sang to them, and in that moment I was just thinking to myself, 'I get to feel these things. We get to have this together,'" she gushed. "It blows my mind that I get to have this adorable little family that's just right for me."

Kotb, who ended her two-year engagement to financier Joel Schiffman, 64, earlier this year, spoke about parenthood in a chat with PEOPLE.

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