Recently, I was reading a celeb magazine while waiting for an appointment. One page after another was filled with stories of celebrity mums and dads, and how they’re just like us normal mums and dads. I wondered how many mums read these magazines and really buy that, thinking: How come it looks so easy for Reese, Jen, Gwyneth and Angelina? If the stars are just like us normal mums, why don’t I look like them? Why aren’t I jet-setting around the world with my kids? And what’s wrong with me if I’m not?
Of course, celebrity mums aren’t like normal mums. Life isn’t perfect for celebrity mums, but it is much different than it is for us. Trust me, I know. I used to work for a celeb mum as a personal assistant. The job, as you could imagine, had its perks and its shortcomings. On the plus side, life was fast paced with a glamorous backdrop. On the down side, the schedule was intense and often gruelling.
When I got married, I decided to focus more on my own career as a writer and spend time with my new husband. I left my assistant job knowing there was someone else who could better serve my bosses, a celebrity couple with children, while also being completely grateful for my time on the job.
Now that I’m a mum of my own children, I can see just how different my life is than that of a celebrity mum. For starters:
1. They have more help. Most celeb mums have baby nurses, nannies, personal assistants, a private chef and staff to run the house. Managing staff isn’t easy, but it does leave more time to be with the kids or to work off that extra baby weight at the gym.
2. Their work schedule is often flexible. Most mums have to get back to work within 12 weeks of having a baby, but many celeb mums can choose when they go back to work. And if they do have to get back to work, chances are they can bring the baby. And the nanny too.
3. They get tons of free stuff. If a celeb mum is photographed pushing a certain stroller or wrapping her baby in a specific blanket, sales skyrocket for those companies. So the companies are smart and they send celeb mums a whole host of free things from fancy strollers to fully stocked nurseries. Unless you’ve got an unlimited budget, there’s no way to keep up.
4. They’ve won the genetic gene pool lottery. Mums shouldn’t compare their post-baby body to anyone else’s; that’s even more true if that someone is a celebrity. Let’s face it, part of the reason she became a celebrity is because she won the genetic gene pool lottery. That doesn’t change just because she had a baby.
5. They don’t leave the house without being camera ready. Wondering why you don’t look like Gwen or JLo when you’re out at the park or grabbing a coffee? Well, most celeb mums have a full team of people on staff doing their hair and make-up and they’re not leaving the house until they look perfect. Who can blame them?
6. They have more time, and more pressure, to get back in shape. Most of us normal mums have a hard time finding time to get to the gym and most of us can’t afford personal trainers whose job it is to get us back in shape. But most celeb mums have a trainer come to the house or travel with them on location. The celeb mum still has to do the work, but at least she has someone to motivate her through it.
7. They fly on private planes. Travelling with children is never easy, but it’s probably easier when you’re the only people on the plane. And subtract the time you or I take to park, go through security, and wait for the flight and you’ve gotten half your day back. And your kids aren’t falling apart upon arrival.
Now before you go thinking celeb mums have it all, think again. Pregnant celebrities are stalked by the paparazzi, with teams of photographers following them in cars, on foot, and often by helicopter. When a celeb mum goes into labour, hospital staff often sell information to weekly magazines and totally invade the celeb mum’s privacy. And once that celebrity baby is born, the whole world will know everything about him or her.
So while it’s fun to fly on private jets and great to have a chef make you healthy meals, there is a trade-off that isn’t always fair. The one thing everyday mums and celeb mums have in common is we’re all trying to do a great job for our kids. Fortunately no one is photographing you and me while we do it.
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