‘Eas­ier be­ing an ac­tor than a mom’

Bol­ly­wood star Ka­jol, who has two kids Nysa and Yug, says par­ent­ing is a full-time job

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Be­ing a mother is dif­fi­cult be­cause you have to be men­tally aware, be 100% there with your chil­dren at ev­ery mo­ment KA­JOL, AC­TOR

Act­ing is a de­mand­ing pro­fes­sion. What’s more tax­ing? Be­ing a mother, says Ka­jol (above). The 42-year-old ac­tor loves to spend time with her chil­dren — daugh­ter Nysa (13) and son Yug (6) — that she has with hus­band, ac­tor Ajay Devgn, but agrees that par­ent­ing re­quires ab­so­lute ded­i­ca­tion.

“It is eas­ier be­ing an ac­tress than a mother. Be­ing a mother is dif­fi­cult be­cause it’s a full time job, you have to be men­tally aware, be 100% there with your chil­dren at ev­ery mo­ment. You learn new things from your kids ev­ery day even in the process of teach­ing them,” says Ka­jol, who last starred in the film, Dil­wale (2015), along­side Shah Rukh Khan.

Are the kids in­ter­ested in fol­low­ing their par­ents’ foot­steps into Bol­ly­wood? Ka­jol says Nysa is too young to de­cide what she wants to do when she grows up. For now, the teenager is go­ing through a “no home­work” phase, and is con­tent with that. “Nysa has no as­pi­ra­tions to­wards any­thing right now be­cause she is too young. She is right now lean­ing to­wards no home­work and veg­e­tat­ing on the sofa. She is in that space and en­joy­ing,” says Ka­jol.

The ac­tor ad­mits that par­ents have to be care­ful with how they treat their kids, and keep al­ter­ing their at­ti­tude to­wards them. But one thing’s a must — having faith in their up­bring­ing. “You have to be­lieve you’ve done a good job so far, start trust­ing them to make the right de­ci­sion,” says Ka­jol.

Re­call­ing her per­son­al­ity dur­ing child­hood, she shares that she was never star-struck or shy. “Maybe be­cause I came from a film fam­ily, I was never ner­vous, shy or blushed in front of celebri­ties. I was pretty much okay with most peo­ple,” she says.

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