Pal­trow un­ruf­fled by chid­ing moms

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LON­DON: By her own ad­mis­sion, she strug­gles with guilt about be­ing a work­ing mother. But woe be­tide any­one else who makes Gwyneth Pal­trow feel bad about it.

The ac­tress says she doesn’t “give a s***” what other moth­ers think of her.

The 41-year-old Amer­i­can com­plained that some women were too quick to crit­i­cise work­ing moth­ers, and de­fended her choices when it came to her work-home bal­ance. She said it was un­fair that some moth­ers branded oth­ers as ter­ri­ble be­cause they jug­gled a busy sched­ule on top of their child’s play dates.

The Shakespeare In Love star said all that mat­tered to her was what she thought of her own par­ent­ing and the time she de­voted to her chil­dren.

Pal­trow and Cold­play singer Chris Martin, 36, have two chil­dren – daugh­ter Ap­ple, 9, and son Moses, 7. Dur­ing an in­ter­view last year she spoke about jug­gling work and her chil­dren, say­ing: “I feel guilty all the time. But they are my pri­or­ity.”

Now she has told Red mag­a­zine: “It doesn’t mat­ter what any­one else thinks. The work­life bal­ance for a woman should be ex­actly what she feels is right for her. And no­body else can set her time sched­ule.

“And no­body else can tell her how many hours a week she needs to de­vote to this, that or the other. F*** what any­body else says.

“That’s what we’ve got to let go of. That idea of, ‘Oh God, if I don’t show up to this con­cert, all the other mums are go­ing to think I’m ter­ri­ble’.

“Well, so f***ing what. When I’m with my kids, I give them ev­ery­thing I have. And when I’m not, I give what­ever I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing I have. And that’s my bal­ance. So if any­one is go­ing to ask my ad­vice, I’d say, do what is right for you and don’t give a s*** what any­one else thinks.”

Last year, she told Harpers Bazaar of her guilt at jug­gling work and chil­dren and said she now only ac­cepted roles that would not take her too far from home.

Some moth­ers have sug­gested women can have a suc­cess­ful fam­ily life or a ca­reer, but not both.– Daily Mail

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