The Plight of the ‘Working’ Mom
Poor Gwyneth. Even before she and Chris Martin split she was complaining about the challenges of being a working mom.
In an interview with E! she said: “I think it’s different, when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks, and then’ ….blah blah…”
Woe is Gwyneth. Don’t get me wrong. I like Gwyn just fine and don’t doubt that celebrity moms have their own set of problems when it comes to raising their kids. I sure wouldn’t like a camera catching every parental mistake I’ve ever made but when you start saying an office job is easier than being a wealthy movie or TV star then you simply have no clue.
What is it that is getting done “before work?” Dressing the kids, making breakfast, making lunches (Gwyn, ever realize there is no bread left and you have no money for lunches that day? No, didn’t think so.)
Many moms make the beds and start laundry in the morning. I’m guessing Gwyneth needn’t do this. Hey, I wouldn’t either if I didn’t have to.
Gwyn, if one of the kids are sick in the morning do you ever have issues with child care? Do you ever go into a cold sweat wondering how to pay for it? You live in L.A. so we won’t even discuss snow days and last minute adjustments to the schedule.
Poor Gwyneth. When forced to travel for work (for which you get a sweet pay check) can your kids ever come along and do you all stay in a luxurious hotel? When you spend days away from your family are they well cared for even while missing their famous Mom?
Many office workers leave their children in day care. If they get a call during the day that their child is sick they are forced to leave work which is always a threat to their job.
If there is a doctor or dentist appointment it is often done on a lunch break and if not back in time vacation or personal time is used to make up the difference.
It is nice to have a schedule but your children – and life in general – rarely like to follow it. You get home in the evening and crave a few minutes of peace but the kids want your attention (after all, they haven’t seen you all day) or help with school work, and you would love a little time with your spouse at some point. Oh wait, it’s already 8 PM and time to get things ready for tomorrow.
I’m exhausted and this was an easy day. No one is sick. No calls from the school. No tragedies or problems. Oh wait, need to bring that laundry up and let the dog out one more time. Pilates, yoga, and all that stuff we should do for ourselves will have to wait.
Sorry, Gwyneth. While many office jobs are wonderful and offer great benefits they are not as forgiving or generous or amazing as being a successful stage [saw you do Shakespeare], screen and TV actress.
Money may not buy happiness but it does buy a nanny, a hairdresser, make-up artist and housekeeper.
As a single mom, Gwyneth may have a whole new set of problems. Or she may find that having Dad take the kids half the time offers some relief from the strains of parenting.
Or, she can just not do any movies that force her to travel. It’s nice to have choices.