I have a love/hate relationship with Gwyneth. I love most of her movies, but her lack of self awareness, or the world most of us live in, is quite odd.
Last week in an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Gynweth said what made her marriage work was being at home when her husband returned home from work.
What?? Nothing like a bit more pressure and guilt from a high profile and wealthy mum to make the rest of us feel bad.
I don’t really care about what works for Gwyneth because her life is so unlike mine – although I am interested in how some of the amazing mums I know manage to hold it all together despite challenges like commuting, managing finances and imperfect child care arrangements.
Fortunately Michelle Beckett at the Huffington Post UK has managed to sum up my concerns about this. She writes:
I’d love to stay at home in the day with my three daughters, baking organic recipes from your twee lifestyle website and getting my nose hairs detoxed with sea purslane or whatever.
Waiting sweetly in a pretty dress for my husband (if I had one) to return from work, so I can rub his shoulders and fetch him his pipe and slippers as his organic butternut squash and quinoa supper cooks….
Let me tell you about MY life. I know enough about your perfect one, thanks…
I’m a single self-employed full time working mum of three girls aged 15, 11 and nearly three. I won’t moan, I consider myself very privileged. I juggle my successful business with organising myself, the girls, the logistics of two ex husbands, the housework, the cooking, the… holy crap, please no one drop in and notice my kitchen floor…
My life is a whirl of missing school letters, frantic washing of school tights at 11pm when we’ve run out, trying not to shout at kids for missing homework left to the last minute, painting walls, potty training, nursery pick ups…
Mixed with… (deep breath) preparation of PowerPoints and booking trains so I can go speak on stage to business audiences, as I try to look immaculate, professional and as if I have it all together behind the scenes, perfectly, like Gwyneth does.
Check out the full version of Michelle’s piece here.
What do you think of Gwyneth? Am I being unfair in resenting her lessons to working mums? Or is she simply answering questions about her life and if any of us feel guilty is it our problem?