Gwyneth Paltrow offers a glimpse into her work-life balance and shares the experiences of two of her working mom friends (fashion designer Stella McCartney and venture capitalist Juliet de Baubigny) in a recent issue of her newsletter GOOP that seems to have enraged the remaining bloggers who weren't already up in arms over Amy Chua's ill-advised promotion of her parenting book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The criticism seems to be that ultra-privileged celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow should keep their mouths shut because they can't understand the concerns of real working moms who don't have personal assistants, drivers and the like.
My reaction: c'mon people, aren't there more important things to fight over? Sure, my lack of standing spa appointments or personal trainer sessions means I am unlikely to take de Baubigny's advice to condense appointments or schedule exercise with a trainer for the first thing Monday morning. But I can certainly translate her ideas into my own life -- it's not a bad idea to schedule the kids' checkups and mine together. I might actually see the doctor more than once every five years!
And it's interesting to glimpse inside Gwyneth Paltrow's seemingly perfect life to learn that she picks up her children from school every weekday except Thursday, and that she has the same struggles with her four-year old over putting on shoes that I do with mine. Okay, the daily spoonful of lemon flavored flax oil was a bit much for even me, but each to her own.
Am I the only one who finds this a bit of a tempest in a teacup? Or maybe I've gone soft because my children are the same age as hers? Please share your opinion of Gwyneth Paltrow's comments.
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