Clans Funny mummies
By profession, a comedian, television host, commentator and scriptwriter, who make a living out of humour and satire, these four are also mothers. A double act far from incompatible. No kidding!
Honorine Crosnier, scriptwriter and columnist for MilK, and her daughter Simone, 4
In “Trash Mother”, your regular feature in MilK, you write humorously about things that happen in your life as a mother. Does that do you good? — I’m separated from Simone’s father and there are times when, to stop myself from feeling guilty, I have to laugh. I have an overly tragic side to my personality. I think that humour is a defence mechanism against things that hurt us for no reason. The humour and everyday truths that you talk about in your column really help parents decompress… — It’s somewhat complicated today with Instagram and all those young women who compose incredible little dishes of food for their children and feel empowered as parents. If I make it to a museum once a month, I feel heroic! The standard one has to meet as a parent these days is so high that if you don’t have the occasional laugh about it all, life can get pretty depressing. Is laughing about motherhood with your friends one of your favourite pastimes? — My friends and I laugh a lot! In general, your friends are people like you. There are not many high-flying mothers in my circle of friends who could make me feel as if I had a lot to learn from them. Have you instilled a sense of humour in Simone? — I think that I instilled a sense of humour in her a little too soon. I can’t say whether that has been beneficial to her or not all the time. The child psychiatrist who helps me a lot to stop feeling guilty told me that children weren’t comfortable with irony. Well, nowadays, Simone is very cheerful and full of fun. She makes me laugh a lot!