Childrearing

Gwyneth Paltrow Finally Decides To Lay Off The Super-Mom Thing And Take A Nap

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 There is a lot of pressure on mothers to be perfect and make sure their children are given the best upbringing possible. We’re supposed to make sure our kids have the best food, clothes, friends, opportunities, hobbies, and also a relaxed, loving family life. Getting all that done is a bit of a huge task, and nobody embodied that kind of 24/7 perfection in all things like Gwyneth Paltrow. But being that perfect all the time is exhausting, and now even Gwyneth Paltrow is ready for a nap.

“When my kids were younger, I put them first to the point where I exhausted myself,” she said in an interview with People. Gwyneth was the sort of mother who makes sure everything is organic and puts purifying crystals everywhere and makes her kids speak Spanish in public. And that gets exhausting. But now Gwyneth says she’s solving that problem two ways. One way is by selling and taking $90 a month herbal supplements called “Why am I so effing tired”--she’s still Gwyneth Paltrow after all–but the other way is by just tossing some iPads at the kids and taking a nap.

“I thought, ‘What if I gave myself permission to take a 20-minute nap and let them be on their iPads and not beat myself up?’” she said.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s kids are 12 and 10 years old, and she says that being “on” all the time when they were younger made her feel short-tempered. It’s tough to be a super parent when you’re tired and cranky, so taking the nap and chilling out is better for everyone in the long run.

Gwyneth Paltrow has gotten a lot of scorn over the years for advice like “put crystals to put in your vagina to remove toxins” and “don’t hurt the feelings of water.” And, well, that’s fair. But “give the 12-year-old an iPad and take a nap” is parenting advice anybody can get behind.

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