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!

Milk Magazine (English) - - CONTENTS - — pho­tos: hervé goluza in­ter­views con­ducted by aman­dine grosse

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!

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