Jenna Dewan-Tatum & Jessica Alba Know All About That Working Mommy Guilt

It’s easy to get into the trap of thinking that celebrities have it all. Surprise! They have to work hard to maintain that balance between job and family, just like the rest of us.

During a Friday beach party to launch their Havaianas Mommy & Me flip-flop collection, Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan-Tatum gave E! News a taste of their mommy guilt.

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“I think feeling like you’re missing moments, like, well, first off, you feel bad when you realize they are wearing shoes that hurt them because you’re like, ‘Oh, I didn’t even realize that you’ve been wearing shoes that are too small for you for like 3-4 months, my bad,'” Alba said, referring to her children Honor, 8, and Haven, 5. “Some of those milestones or moments, you want to be there for every single one and it’s not realistic when you’re working, but for me, that’s what gets me. Even the everyday little things like picking them up from school are a big deal, so I drop them off at school most mornings and try to get home for bedtime. But the weekends is really when I get to spend the time with them.”

Dewan-Tatum echoed Alba’s statements, talking about her 4-year-old daughter Everly: “Yeah, for me it’s always a balancing act, and learning and perfecting the balancing act is the toughest part. For me, with work, it’s interesting because it will be really, really busy and then I’ll have a little bit of time where it isn’t quite as busy, so you have a little bit of time where balancing that is easier. She’s pretty good now because she understands that now.”

Both agreed that the key is spending quality time with their families, even though it can be difficult.

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“It’s like a checks and balances kind of thing where you really put in good quality time so you feel a little bit better about working the next day,” Dewan-Tatum said. “It’s about finding that, and constantly sort of not making yourself feel guilty but trying to work that out for yourself, so that your family gets lots of time and quality time together. It’s a balancing act, always.”

How do you deal with working mommy guilt?


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