I was checking out at Target last week when I saw a cover of People Magazine that really pissed me off. It showed Princess Kate looking as fabulous as ever in a red hat no normal mortal could pull off, holding her insanely adorable son. It wasn’t the picture that made me mad; it was the caption.
With a new nanny and a trip Down Under, she balances royal duties with diaper duty—and makes time for her marriage.
Look at what Kate can do! Why can’t you do it, you lowly commoner? She can graciously travel 27 hours to a foreign country on official duty with a 9-month-old and you can barely get out of the house? She looks like a million bucks every time she steps out and you can’t even change out of your yoga pants? She holds court, literally, and you can’t even slop together a play date? And not only that, she keeps her MAN happy, too. Unlike you, you nagging bitch.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Duchess Kate. Like, LOVE, LOVE her. I love how down-to-earth she seems. I love how involved she is in her little prince’s life. And don’t even get me started on her fashion sense! That woman is a superstar.
What I don’t love, however, is the media’s portrayal of motherhood. Why does every magazine insist on making celebrity motherhood look perfect? If I read one more interview of a celeb who says, “I LOVE every minute of being a mom” I’m going to barf unicorns and glitter. I’d probably LOVE every minute of being a mom if I had 3 nannies, 5 housekeepers, a chef, a personal trainer, and someone who wipes my butt too! And you know what? I bet even with all that support celeb moms DON’T love every minute. They just feel like they have to say that, or they’ll be judged. And they probably would be. Because we want our celebs to be perfect, dammit! (Until they pull a Brittany, then we just want to laugh at them.)
So here’s what I want. I want a celebrity to admit that parenting is hard. That motherhood—as amazing as it is—also sucks 28% (okay 38%) of the time. It doesn’t help us, the average struggling mom, to have these fake images of perfect motherhood shoved in our faces every time we try to drag our screaming kids through the grocery checkout line. So can we just get real here? Enough with the motherhood B.S., media.
This is what I want to see on People Magazine next time:
Princess Kate admits motherhood sucks sometimes, as much as she loves her son. Traveling 27 hours to Australia with a baby was INSANE. All these royal duties are crazy hard to balance with being a good mom. And she doesn’t have a shred of energy left for her marriage after a day of wiping butts and smiling for the paparazzi.
Now that’s a headline I could get behind.