09/15/2011 05:37 pm ET | Updated Nov 15, 2011

Soleil Moon Frye, Punky Brewster, Talks "Happy Chaos" And Parenting

You might remember her as Punky Brewster, the feisty, energetic kid who won America's heart in the 80s. Now, she's grown up and a mother of two, ages 3 and 6, but Soleil Moon Frye says she and the beloved television character are alike in many ways.

As a kid, she always imagined the parent she'd be, but admits that's not the mom she's become. Being a perfect parent isn't realistic; "I'm just me," she says. Her new book, "Happy Chaos," represents a family truly operating at it's best in those chaotic moments: the messy house, the skinned knees, the sprinkles on the floor.

As Punky puts it: "The most magical moments happen in the most perfect imperfect moments."