Gwyneth Paltrow Offends Working Moms
Superstar actress and newly anointed country singer Gwyneth Paltrow ingratiated herself with mothers across the globe when she candidly confessed the details of her postpartum depression. But she seems to have taken her efforts to relate to us all a bit too far by telling working moms that she and BFFs fashion designer Stella McCartney and venture capitalist Juliet de Baubigny are just like any other busy mother.
"Really?" sputters Karen, a working mother of six. "She has a stylist, a trainer, a nanny, probably a cook and driver, a manager, an agent, and who knows how many other people helping her. She can relate to me? Please! Save it, Gwyneth!"
Reading Paltrow's blog GOOP, you have to wonder just how does little Gwynnie do it all. In a blog on a day in her life, she claims to be able to wake and dress her kids, make and feed them a healthy breakfast, help them finish their art projects and get them out the door in a mere 20 minutes. She also claims to be able to answer e-mails, conduct interviews and do voice exercises while she's driving them to school. There's something about hands-free cell phone laws that make these claims seem extra challenging.
"It should go without saying that reading a day in the life of three rich mothers under the pretense that you will totally relate and learn from their example will give you a massive case of the stabbies," writes The Frisky's Amelia McDonell-Parry.
Paltrow does, however, give some useful time-saving tips that anyone can do, like doing stretching exercises while the conditioner is "doing its magic" on your hair, making an oatmeal loaf the night before, then nuking it, slicing it and serving it with syrup the next morning. Gee, maybe she IS just like the rest of us!
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets. Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.