Star Moms Struggle With Work-Life Balance, Too
For many working mothers, balancing work with family is one of life's toughest challenges. We've shared some tips on handling working mom obstacles, but the bottom line is there will still be days when it seems impossible to do it all.
If you're a working mom, you probably imagine that other, more privileged women have it easier. And granted, they may be able to afford help to lighten their load. But you may be surprised to learn that even women who rule the box office still have days where they feel totally overwhelmed as a working mom. This recent interview with stars of the new film I Don't Know How She Does It shows that—despite their famous names—these women share some of the same challenges and worries as all working moms. Some takeaways:
Don't strive for perfection every day. Actress Busy Philipps says there are days when she's good at work, days when she's good as a mom—and the occasional days when she feels like she excelled at both.
Flexibility is key. Jane Curtin notes that her juggling act is possible only because she and her husband adjust easily, and they also pursued jobs that allowed for flexible schedules.
Cut yourself some slack. All of the actresses cited times when they felt they had let someone down or couldn't do things they way they would have liked. Pat yourself on the back for the times you hit a home run, and accept that occasionally you'll drop the ball.
Don't judge (or be bothered by those who judge). Working women often compare themselves to other working moms, and competition and criticism is all too common. Don't worry about what others do or think—focus on what works best for you and your family.
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