I am in love with all the new celebrity parents coming out of the woodwork. There are so many that I find VERY encouraging. Especially when they are actors and actresses I loved as a child and teenager.
I was in LOVE with Doogie Howser, MD. The blonde curly hair did me in. So now that Neil Patrick Harris is a dad and speaking out about how wonderful parenthood is and what they go through to get breastmilk for one of their twins, who couldn’t tolerate formula, I have a new found respect for him. I love how he can add some comedy to the situation and make breastmilk seem so NORMAL. Really, that’s all it is. Normal.
I’m sure by now you’ve seen the myriad of articles by Myaim Bialik. She is blogging all over the place about how she juggles being a mom and a wife and a career woman. She and her husband fit into the attachment parenting label, but I love how she turns away from labels. She said in the Today’s Moms intro post:
I don’t need to use labels to tell you who I am and how I choose to raise my kids. I do not judge anyone, because that’s not what my job on this earth is. My job is to do my best for my kids: to be the best mama I can be to them.
How refreshing! I do what I think is best for my kids, and every other mom I know does the same. Most of the time? That’s not the same. I’d love to see an end to the ‘who’s the best mom in the universe’ game and see more mom to mom support, without judgement. Oh what a glorious world that would be.
And did you see the photo released by Orlando Bloom and his supermodel wife Miranda Kerr? Such a sweet photo of an adorable baby at her breast, being nourished and loved. How sweet! A mom doing what she does best, mothering.
And before this all happened, there was Jenna Elfman. Jenna has come out with the story of her breastfeeding relationship with her two children. She had a rough time with her older son, but had a second chance with her younger son. She has been a champion for breastfeeding and how to manage it, even with a demanding career.
Celebrities have always been moms and had kids, but most of them have had nannies to chase after their little ones and take care of the messy parts of parenting, like diaper changes. It seems that the new generation of celebrity parents are a little more hands on. I love hearing stories of my childhood heroes up at night changing diapers and being hands on parents. It seems to make them more real, more personal, and more human. Maybe, for a few minutes, they know what it is like to be you and me.