7 AM to 7 PM: Allison Holker Boss Finds Time to Dance Daily While Raising 3 Kids

Allison Holker Boss and Twitch Boss with their kids

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Parents don’t work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.—we work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., from the moment our kids wake up until they go to sleep. This is an unfiltered look at a day in the life of Allison Holker Boss, professional dancer, TV host, and mom of three.

Allison Holker Boss is literally that—a boss. A boss mama, a boss dancer, a boss TV host, and a boss wife. You probably remember seeing her as a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” or as a professional dancer on “Dancing With The Stars.” More recently, you may know her from her viral TikTok and YouTube videos—where she shares dance-based workouts, innovative choreography, and grooving with her family.

In the early days of the pandemic, the mom turned to social media alongside husband Stephen "tWitch" Boss, DJ, dancer and co-executive producer at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” to help get people moving with their Boss Family Workouts. They haven’t stopped. Her social media is chock-full of feel-good dances and heartwarming family moments.

Boss grew up in Utah, and began dancing as a child. Her longtime love of dance shines through in many of the videos she posts with her family from their beautiful home in Los Angeles, California.

Boss has three children—Weslie, 13; Maddox, 5; and Zaia, who will be two in November (the eldest was from a previous relationship and the two youngest she had with Boss. She’s been with her husband for over a decade (they married since 2013), and the couple is closer than ever.

“We love when we have the chance to work together,” Boss says. “We've been leaning into it a lot more since the pandemic.” The couple dances together every single day.

Between finding time to work out, hosting HGTV’s "Design Star: Next Gen," filming dance videos, and raising three kids, Boss is an expert when it comes to time management. “I live by my day planner, religiously,” Boss says. “It is by my side all day long. I schedule my days hour by hour, so when I say I live by my day planner, I really mean it.”

Even though her day is scheduled, Boss pencils in quality time with her youngest now that her older two children are back in school.

I live by my day planner, religiously. It is by my side all day long. I schedule my days hour by hour, so when I say I live by my day planner, I really mean it.

“Zaia is with us a lot of the day,” Boss says. “She could be starting in daycare, but she's our third child. To be honest, especially with the pandemic and our other kids not being able to be at school last year, we never really got to be with just Zaia!”

Boss says she makes little dates to bring Zaia to the park by herself. She finds that allowing her young toddler to see and explore the world on her own, without the influence of her big brother and sister, is very beneficial.

“My husband and I feel like we need to have time with just her before she goes to daycare,” Boss says. “She wasn't born during the pandemic, but she's definitely a pandemic baby. She was born just a couple of months before it all started, [in November 2019], so there wasn't a lot of her going out and exploring and being places that much, honestly. We're having a lot of fun with that now.”

Boss has an inspiring and impressive background. She's performed on some of the most prestigious stages, such as at the Olympic Games, and with the biggest stars, like Demi Lovato. But these days, it's all about her family.

Follow along to see a day in the life of Boss—how she balances everything from school pickups and snacks, to social media content and self-care.

Allison Holker Boss and Twitch Boss

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7 a.m. We’ve been up for 30 minutes. My family, we all wake up at 6:30 a.m. every morning. We are actually really big on our nighttime routine.

When I start my mornings, everything I go to do is already ready for me to get my morning started easily. At night before I go to bed, not only do I make sure the house is tidied up, but I always prep my husband and my coffee mugs with our coffee K-cups. I get my daughter's bottle ready to be made. It's already set out. I pre-make my son's school lunch—we do a lot of that easy prep work at night.

When we wake up in the morning, if anything happens or we feel rushed or someone woke up late, those things are already ready to go. It feels like we have control of our mornings.

My daughter, bless her heart, she's 13—she gets herself up. If her light is on underneath the door, she's good and going. And then me and my husband, we split up and conquer. We will change off who's doing who but either I've got Maddox, and he's got Zaia bottle duty—or vice versa.

We kind of tag team the whole morning situation. I look at our morning routine like an obstacle course or a relay. I pass something off to him, he passes it onto the kid. We don't even have to verbalize anything, we just know what each other are thinking and doing. We are a good team, I'll say that.

I look at our morning routine like an obstacle course or a relay. I pass something off to him, he passes it onto the kid. We don't even have to verbalize anything, we just know what each other are thinking and doing.

7:30 a.m. We give my daughter her bottle. She is almost two and she's obsessed with “Sesame Street.” After we've gotten her dressed for the day, she sits in her pack 'n play \, and she watches an episode of “Sesame Street” while we get our son ready with his breakfast. We finish making his lunch, pack up his homework if it hasn't already been packed up, and head out.

8 a.m. It’s really fun because we live very close to Maddox’s school. My husband and I split off, and I get to walk my son to school which is so fun. It's something that I'm so grateful for. My husband drives my daughter to school—we split those duties. But we look forward to it each and every morning.

9 a.m. After I drop the kids off at school, it's really important for me to get my workout in at home. We feel very fortunate that we're able to have equipment at our house. It makes it so easy with having a kid.

I just get on our treadmill. I’ll do some abs, I’ll lift some weights, and I feel very grateful that we have that access in our own home. It's been a really big game-changer for us to have that equipment here.

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11 a.m. After I do my workout, we go to our office called Boss Studios. I have a nanny that helps with Zaia during that time, for a couple of hours, while we get some work done at our office. We’re doing Zoom meetings, we're doing calls. We're taking meetings in person. We’re doing a lot of social media content. We're really pushing our YouTube channel right now. We have a couple of things in the works that we'll be releasing later that we're really excited about.

My husband and I have found that we have so much fun when we work together. We do have our own individual projects where we don't work together, which we're so grateful for. But we have a lot of fun when we can come together creatively and do our dance videos or family videos.

Right now I'm hosting a three-part Instagram live interview series with GoGo squeeZ where I interview experts about supporting kids and their families during this busy back-to-school season. The panels will focus on nutrition, emotional health, physical health, and active play. [Editor's note: Boss is a paid brand ambassador for GoGo squeeZ.]

After a few hours, my husband will leave for the “Ellen Show," and I go back into mom mode.

3 p.m. It’s time for school pickups, which is a whole other thing! I go pick up my daughter, and swing back and get my son Maddox on the way home. And then it’s homework and getting them to their activities. We’ve got soccer, we've got mock trial—it's a whole slew of back and forth. That's why those couple of hours midday at our office are so crucial for us because we get so much of our work done in that short amount of time.

4 p.m. The kids are always asking for snacks. The biggest key that I've learned is buying a variety of different things, because then you're opening your kids up to try new things. It's important to allow them space to explore. Sometimes if you're only buying the snacks you like as an adult, your kids are expected to have the same taste buds [as you]. I like to get snacks I've never tried or maybe I don't particularly like because the kids might like it.

We have a snack drawer in our house. I keep it pretty organized with healthy options, so anytime they go to it, I can trust what they're grabbing is something that is healthy. But they're also learning independence from grabbing what they want and making a choice.

5:30 p.m. I start preparing dinner at around 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., in that timeframe.

7 p.m. We usually have dinner at 7 p.m. Since I get a lot of my work done during the day, I can also have a really good, fun nighttime routine with my kids. I go to their activities. We get to have dinner together. And then we start getting them ready for bed. We do bath time and books.

My daughter Zaia goes to bed at 7:30 p.m., which is fantastic. And she sleeps all the way until the morning—she has since she was about three months old. And then, it goes down the track for our kids. Maddox goes to bed around 8:30 p.m. and then my daughter goes to bed around 9:30 p.m. Well, let's be real, she's a teenager. It's usually supposed to be 9:30 p.m., but that depends on the day.

My daughter goes to bed around 9:30 p.m. Well, let's be real, she's a teenager. It's usually supposed to be 9:30 p.m., but that depends on the day.

Once the kids are in bed, oh my God, my husband and I love watching TV shows. We always watch at least an episode of something together while we're hanging out. I like to do self-care stuff. I'll do a mask while watching the show. We have such crazy busy days full of bringing the kids everywhere they have to go, and life things, and work things, that we need that 30 minutes to an hour to really just decompress. We try really hard to not think about all those other things and just be in the moment with each other.

Our goal is to be asleep by 10:30 p.m. every night—that is my life goal. If I could have everything ready and go to bed at 10:30 p.m. every night—amazing! But usually, it's more like 11:30 p.m. or 12 a.m. every night when we finally go to bed. Sweet dreams!


By Dory Zayas
Dory Zayas is a freelance beauty, fashion, and parenting writer. She spent over a decade writing for celebrity publications and since having her daughter in 2019, has been published on sites including INSIDER and Well+Good.