On why I need to stop buying People magazine

10/29/2009 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Celebri-tastic, Motherhood | 3 Comments

Celebrity gossip is my weakness. Not my only one, but definitely the most embarrassing. At the grocery check-out, I’m a sucker for a fresh-off-the-press copy of People magazine or US Weekly.

I faithfully read gossip sites and am known in my family as a repository for useless celebrity trivia. In fact, on a recent Sunday, I joined in the fellas’ football conversation (dad, husband, brother-in-law) by telling them about Terrell Owens’ reality show. They’d never heard of “The T.O. Show,” and boy, were they dazzled by that juicy tidbit.

But on occasion, this little interest obsession of mine can bite me in the butt.

Like yesterday, as I devoured the latest People magazine cover story on Nicole Richie and her new baby, in which Joel Madden said this:

“… it all piles on her. She is taking care of the kids, and it never gets to her. She doesn’t feel like she’s giving anything up — she is wholeheartedly their mom.”

Hmm. So we moms who sometimes feel overwhelmed by the enormous sacrifice required to raise kids are not “wholeheartedly” mothers?

And this, from Nicole, bugged me:

“I can’t say that I miss anything about my old life. I can’t imagine my life without my kids.”

Of course I can’t imagine my life without Small Fry, but there certainly are times when I long for some of the delicious freedoms of my pre-baby life. Like sleep. And going out with my friends. And sleep.

Also, Joel and Nicole add, their 2-year-old daughter prefers to eat vegetables and sings on key. Huh?

Talk about feeling inadequate.

That’s what I get for reading this stuff.

But, you know, every family and every baby is different. What’s been like climbing a mountain for me might be someone else’s cake walk. It’s just so hard not to compare myself to other moms. Even one who probably has a house full of assistants, nannies and personal trainers.

Next time I’ll just stick to the story about Justin Timberlake. Because a little JT makes everything better.



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  1. Please realize that when Joel Madden says “She is taking care of the kids,” what he really means to say is “She is taking care of the kids, along with our wet nurse, our baby sitters, our cook, our drivers, our assistants and the backup dancer that breast feeds (insert Satan Spawn’s name here) so that Nicole can still look good for this People interview.”

    I think People just omitted that part due to contractual obligations. Don’t worry — Nicole hasn’t given up anything about her old life. You’ll probably see pics of her celebrating New Year’s in a club in next month’s issue.

    And BTW — don’t feel bad. My wife gets her news from Entertainment Tonight.

  2. I have to remind myself the same thing. The reason those stars look so good after having babies is they have a lot of help, time, and money to spend on trainers, nutritionists, and it’s part of their livelihood to look good. If my job depended on how skinny I looked….heaven help us!

  3. Glad to know you also have a secret love for JT! Don’t be hard on yourself — you are a super mom and you gave Lily a name that won’t get her picked on at school. Poor Sparrow.

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