Despite fame and fortune, Scarlett Johansson says the juggle is real in the work-life balance mum game. Maybe it’s a universal challenge, after all?
While we’re pretty quick to yell “Nannies! Trainers! Housekeepers! Rich! Shoosh!” in the direction of high-profile mums who share their struggles and triumphs, there’s no denying that some experiences really are universal.
Take mum guilt, for instance.
Hefty pay checks, fancy wardrobes, stylists and exotic travel plans can’t erase those powerful pangs.
Yes, they might smooth the rough edges off the heart-wrenching feelings of separation and expectation a tiny little bit, but ScarJo tell us that special moments are worth more than all those purported “finer things” and the feeling of being torn is something she’s learning to live with.
“It’s a balance”
“I don’t profess to know anything about parenting, anything more than anybody else, [but] being a working mom is an incredible challenge, [and] it’s an incredible gift,” Scarlett told Entertainment Tonight, clearly aiming to check her privilege as she shares.
“I think you always feel a little bit of guilt… If you’re at work, you feel like you’re missing out on those special moments with your kid. If you’re with your kid, you feel like you’re not giving enough to your job. It’s a balance.”
Scarlett is mum to 2-year-old Rose with Romain Dauriac.
Romain and Scarlett married in 2014, and People Magazine report that the couple separated last year.
When the chips are down, Scarlett says she’s definitely NOT all over the working mum thing, feeling like it could all fall in a heap at any moment.
“I have a lot of huge admiration for working moms. I’m barely, barely holding it together,” Scarlett admitted.
We feel her pain. Every. Single. Day. (Pretty much!)
The juggle is real
It’s so hard when you’ve made your own human and then need to leave that tiny person and head out to make a living and/or pursue the career that you enjoy.
(Although sometimes it’s a joy to hand our kids over to someone else and go do other stuff. Because… escape!)
It can be even harder to leave that tiny person whilst ensuring that the bills are paid, the house is not a tip, you’re speaking grown-up talk in the office and your dress is not tucked into your undies.
Barely holding it together is pretty much our motto, much of the time.
It’s comforting to know we’re in glamorous company and maybe everyone is feeling like this.