Cover story: A-list Mums Under Attack
Victoria Beckham: Critiqued for being a working mum
These stars are feeling the pressure as their parenting choices are constantly coming under fire
Mum-of-four, Victoria Beckham, has been open about how busy her life is and that she has to keep a very tight rein on both her own and her kids’ schedule so that she can fit in time to spend with them. But that hasn’t stopped critics from attacking the fashion designer because she’s rarely pictured out and about with Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper, while their dad, David, often is. Of course this is a ridiculous conclusion to come to, based entirely on how many times she’s papped with the children. But, ridiculous or not, Victoria has admitted that the speculation hurts and that she pines for her children when she’s super busy. She explains, “I travel for work when it’s necessary and I miss them all the time when I’m away.” Victoria’s also said in the past that, like other working mums, she does sometimes feel a little guilt, “It’s a huge juggling act, when you are a working mother and looking after your family. Millions and millions of women around the world are doing this every day, but it’s not easy and yes, you feel guilty every time you walk out of the door to go to work.” And it’s not just Victoria who is opening up about how hard it is to constantly be judged as a parent, David also felt he had to defend himself recently against the suggestion that Harper, aged four, is too old for a dummy. He took to his Instagram account to say, “Why do people feel they have the right to criticise a parent about their own children without having any facts? Everybody who has children knows that when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier. So those who criticise think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually you have no right to criticise me as a parent.” The kids always look happy and healthy no matter which parent they’re pictured with, surely that’s all that matters?