Bucking the oversharing celebrity trend, actress and mum-of-three, Jessica Alba, has revealed she “doesn’t have it together at all” yet isn’t interested in posting her parenting mistakes on social media.
One busy mama
The 36-year-old Hollywood star just had her third child with hubby Cash Warren, a little boy named Hayes, who joins big sisters Honor (nine) and Haven (six).
If this wasn’t enough to handle, Jessica also juggles her mum life with a jam-packed career as both an actress and businesswoman, having founded her hugely successful business The Honest Company in 2011, which sells a large range of safe and eco-friendly products.
Phew! Most new mums have enough trouble fitting a shower in!
“You can’t give up”
Running a large organisation is by no means a small feat, so it’s not surprise that it’s been a huge learning curve for Jess. She’s also been using her experiences to teach her kids the importance of trying new things and not being afraid to fail.
“I hope that seeing me get out of my comfort zone will give them some degree of fearlessness to try stuff,” she says, in a recent cover interview with Redbook.
“I want them to know that you can’t give up when it gets hard; when it gets hard is when you learn the most.”
Mums make mistakes
Rather than hiding her flaws, Jessica says she also lets her children “see her sweat” and make parenting mistakes, something they then talk about in relation to the lesson learned. Surprisingly though, she’s not keen to also share her slip-ups with her 12.6 million Instagram followers.
“I don’t have it together at all. I just don’t need to use social media as therapy and tell everyone, ‘Today I f—ed up as a mom.’ It’s none of your damn business,” she says.
“I’m fine if people want to air their dirty laundry online, but people know enough about me. I make mistakes all the time …”
Nice to know that even celebrities have their bad days!
Then there’s always wine
Further proof that she’s just like all other mums, Jessica also revealed that she talks over her mistakes and challenges with other mothers, because let’s face it this parenthood gig is tough and we can’t do it alone.
“Sometimes when I get together with my friends, we’ll reflect on how we’ve made similar good and bad decisions,” she says in the Redbook interview.
But dwelling on her mistakes is something she doesn’t do, because after all it’s part of life and you’ve got to keep going.
“It’s like, ‘Yeah, that was humbling.’ Then you move on and have a glass of wine.”
And what a deserving glass of vino that is. Love your honesty Jess!