Ivanka Trump Schedules Meetings with Her 2-Year-Old

Ivanka Trump and Arabella

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updated 01/24/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 01/24/2014 AT 11:30 AM ET

She plays a major role at one of the largest real estate corporations in the world while running her own fashion empire, but Ivanka Trump makes time for one special lunch date every single week – with 2-year-old daughter Arabella.

Trump, who spoke with PEOPLE during the ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the Gary Player Villa at Trump National Doral Miami, explained how she creates quality time with her daughter amid a very busy schedule.

“I have a weekly standing lunch date with Arabella, where she comes to the office and we have a business meeting. She is my most important lunch meeting of the week!”

The stunning mother of two (son Joseph was born in October) is all about “trying to create experiences” with her family, she says. One such experience took place the night before she left for Florida.

“I knew I was traveling today and wouldn’t be there when Arabella woke up, so I told her that before I left, we’d have a campout in the living room,” says Trump. “So we threw some sheets over a rolling rack, I brought home pizza and we made smores in the microwave.”

Trump also uses cooking as a time to bond with her kids. “There’s so many things you can teach a child when you cook,” she says. “Even the experience of taking them to the grocery store. You can enrich their vocabulary by just pointing at colors and ingredients.”

So how does Grandpa Donald weigh in on Ivanka’s parenting style? “Well, I think it’s great,” he told PEOPLE at the event. “She’s got two beautiful babies.”

As for how this slim mother of two bounced back into shape after her kids, she has genetics and reduced carbs – rather than hundreds of gym hours – to thank for that.


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