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Gwyneth Paltrow: It's Harder to Raise Kids As An Actress, "It's Different When You Have an Office Job" - according to US Magazine

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM
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Even in the paradise of the Bahamas, Gwyneth Paltrow is enduring a tough week -- but she's been struggling for years, while raising her children with now-estranged husband Chris Martin. The Oscar winner revealed earlier this month that raising a family while working in Hollywood tends to be a lot tougher than working the normal 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. gig.

"It's much harder for me," Gwyneth, 41, told E! News recently. "I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because -- for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, 'Where were you?' I don't like to be the lead so I don't [have] to work every day. I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing."

"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine," she continued. "You can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."

The GOOP blogger announced her separation from the Coldplay frontman, 37, on March 25. The pair have been married for more than 10 years, and are parents to daughter Apple, 9, and son Moses, 7. The Iron Man star stated that the split is a "conscious uncoupling," which is a practice developed by bestselling author Katherine Woodward Thomas. It's a method that helps couples slowly breakup in a healthy way over the course of a 5-week program.

As previously reported, the family is currently in the Bahamas during this difficult time. But once they return, Paltrow plans on getting back to work in some capacity. "I have a rule about one movie a year, so I can't shoot anything for a while," she added to E! News. "But I'm developing some material and working on the site [Goop] and raising kids."

What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow's comment that it's harder to raise kids as an actress, it's different when you have an office job?

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happynewyorker
by Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM
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I've never been an actress, I don't have nannies for each of my children, don't have maids, butlers, chauffeurs or an entourage of people around me.  I can't go traveling or hope on the plane to a country or state when I want.

I come home, pick up my daughter from afterschool. Dinner, homework, short time to relax and then bed.  Weekends are full of chores, laundry, grocery, cleaning.  I'd love to have the money to hire someone to care for my home while I'm at work, do my laundry and help my child with homework. 

Gwyneth,  once again you put your foot in your mouth.  It's best to shut up and not compare since you never had an office job.

gilbertgrl627
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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It's just her opinion. As she said, she thinks it's different because with an office job (with most, anyway). Maybe for her, it is harder to raise her kids because she is gone for weeks at a time. And I'm sure it's difficult for any parent who travels a fair amount for work to raise their kids.

IMO, that's all she's saying. If you have a job that's 9-5 (not necessarily 9-5, just a set schedule), it's a little easier because you basically know where you're going to be. It's easier to plan for things.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM
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 Poor thing, with her millions of dollars and nannies.

Love the "conscious uncoupling" remark.  A cartoon in the newspaper today had a husband telling a wife, "Our insurance company isn't "dumping" us; it has decided to consciously uncouple from us". 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM
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Easy solution, get an office job.

babyspots17
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM
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I think she is pretty clueless about real world life. 

tanyainmizzou
by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM
I think she has a point about the schedule and routine in an office job.
ShannyLouisiany
by Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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I tend to agree with her. although she likely does have staff who spend a considerable amount of time "raising" her kids for her, I wonder if that's genuinely what she, or any Hollywood mom, prefers.

A 9-5 does provide routine. Children of parents with "regular" jobs can count on mom always being there.
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by AllieCat on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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So this methods includes bringing new loves ones in to the mix right away, if that is what one chooses to do.

That right there tells me it is absolutely not the right choice.  

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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It is amazing how much flexibility money can buy. I am surprised she felt she could make a comparison, has she ever worked 9-5 even before kids?
quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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I think she does have a point about an office job. But she says she's gone for 2 weeks at a time, but that also means she's home more than someone working an office job when she isn't shooting. She should have just kept her opinion to herself.
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