With so many Hollywood moms welcoming sweet bundles these days, the “motherhood” is growing stronger by the minute. But can real women really relate to celebrity mamas? These six stories from some of Hollywood’s best mommy bloggers prove we’re all in this together.
1. “Puff the F***ing Magic Dragon (and Other Monsters of Mothering)”
Confession: We’ve always had a huge girl crush on Felicity Huffman. She’s just so smart and seems so comfortable in her own skin. So when we came across this brutally — and beautifully — honest post about a few misadventures in motherhood, we couldn’t help but feel slightly jealous that William H. Macy gets to chill with this chick 24/7.
In this particular post, Huffman shares two parenting stories, but the second makes us feel a little less alone in our bad mommy moments. Upon advice from an actress doing a movie with Macy, Huffman took her then-4-year-old daughter with her to a beachfront motel where they spent two days bonding — which, in this case, meant watching Puff the Magic Dragon while Huffman pretended to be said sad dragon and got bossed around by her toddler.
When she returned home the following day and her daughter refused to take a bath, a beleaguered Huffman lost it. “‘Are you f***ing kidding me?’ I screamed, ‘You won’t get in the bath!! After I played f***ing Puff the Magic Dragon for two f***ing days! You have got to be f***ing kidding me.”
Now, clearly this is not appropriate parenting behavior. But that’s why we love Huffman — she knows she crossed a line, but she’s willing to share it to help other moms avoid her mistakes and realize that, yes, sometimes moms freak out… and that’s OK.
2. “Adventures in Motherhood”
This time two years ago, Vanessa Lachey was a first-time mom — and we mothers all know what that means. Her world was turned upside down! In the best way possible, naturally. Lachey stole a few minutes in between snuggles with she and husband Nick’s sweet son, Camden, to blog about this new, surprising chapter in her life and the learning curve that comes with it.
“It’s amazing how much time a little munchkin takes up. And when he’s not taking my time, I am either sleeping or eating, then sleeping again. They tell you how much sleep you lose, but they don’t tell you why!!! Now I know…. BREASTFEEDING! It [sic] literally is a 24-hour job! It’s unbelievable how often they eat, and for how long.”
Of course, she goes on to say it’s so worth it, which we imagine is how she feels right about now — she and Nick just welcomed a precious daughter, Brooklyn, into the family!
3. “Tough Love + Lunch Ideas”
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It’s hard to believe the ever-youthful Brooke Burke-Charvet has four kids — let alone the fact that those kids range from 8 all the way up to teenagers. But she does and, in a happy turn for us, she shares her wisdom and experience often on her eponymous blog.
This particular post resonated with us, because people so often assume the children of celebrity moms are taken care of by someone else — a nanny or an au pair, perhaps. But, as most mothers are guilty of doing, Burke-Charvet confesses she is the one who dotes on her kids… maybe a little too much. After watching a segment on GMA about “helicopter moms,” she had an epiphany.
“I thought of the daily mistakes I make in my home. Tying Rain’s shoes so they don’t unlace every day at school, packing up Shaya’s homework folder so he doesn’t get an ‘Ooooops, you forgot it” notice, washing out my teenager’s lunch box so it’s fresh for her in the am, driving 20 miles to school when my 12 yr old forgets her gym clothes… my list goes on and on.”
Doesn’t it for us all? It’s comforting to know celebrities struggle with finding a right balance, too.
4. “Cutting the Cord”
Whatever preconceived notions you may have about Tori Spelling, you should give her blog a chance — it’s chock-full of fantastic ideas, especially for busy moms. In this emotional post, Spelling shares the story of the day her youngest child, son Finn, started preschool. Unfortunately, it involved handing her inconsolable son over to the teacher so she could leave.
“I felt like I was ripping my insides out and handing them over. And in some sense, I was. I said, ‘I’ll be back, Finney. Mommy always comes back. I love you.’ Choking on the ‘you,’ I turned quickly and briskly walked out the door so no one would see what was happening. As I exited the classroom, I bolted for the play yard. By the time I got to the jungle gym, I was full blown doubled over heaving, crying.”
Poor mama! We’ve all been there and it’s heartbreaking.
5. “A Day in the Life”
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Gwyneth Paltrow has built an empire at Goop consisting of stories and testimonies by women from all walks of life, but it’s the stories she writes we find most intriguing. Why? Because they make her even more relatable. In this post, she shares a day in the life and, refreshingly, her day starts pretty much exactly like ours.
“When I got downstairs this morning at the crack of whenever, the coffee machine said ‘ERROR 8’ and wouldn’t let me make the cup I had been dreaming about. This begs the question: Is it odd to dream yourself to sleep thinking about the next morning’s coffee? Not a good beginning. Got Apple all fed and dressed in her uniform and ready to go, but no sign nor sight of Moses at 8am and we have to be out of the house by 8:20.”
She goes on to rattle off details that are, sure, pretty high-profile. But when it comes to her kids, the moments she shares are just indicative of a day in the life of any loving mother.