Cover story: A-list Mums Un­der At­tack

Vic­to­ria Beck­ham: Cri­tiqued for be­ing a work­ing mum

No. 1 Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

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?

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