Brooke Shields says being a working mom equals guilt

09/13/2006 at 01:00 PM ET

Bshields090306_08_1According to Brooke Shields, the guilt of returning to work after having her children is overwhelming. The actress has recently returned to the small screen with a stint on FX’s Nip/Tuck, causing her to have to spend less time with her daughters with hubby Chris Henchy, 3-year-old Rowan and 4-month-old Grier.

"The hardest thing about being a working mom is the guilt," she told OK magazine. "With the younger one, it’s not so hard, but with my older child, it can be tricky. You want to be there for bedtime and sometims that doesn’t happen."

Source: OK, Sept. 18, 2006, pg. 26


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corriev on

I don’t work, but I do go to school part time, including night classes, and I feel the guilt too. It is really so hard sometimes. My nine year old (I also have an 8 year old and a 3 year old) wrote me a note for Mothers Day last year and it gave so many reasons why she loved me. Then it said, “Even though you come home late sometimes, I still love you”. Breaks my heart. I know it will in the end better my children’s lives through provision, but right now it is really hard :(

SY on

I work part-time from home and my parents take care of my 5.5 and 3 year olds…I think Madonna said this, but I might be wrong. “When I’m home with the kids for a long period I want to work, so I feel guilty. When I work I feel guilty because I want to be home with the kids.”

yogadaisy on

Aw, that’s sad what Brooke said. Maybe she should follow her heart and spend more time with her children for the next few years. They grow up so fast and you can never get those precious early years back.

Beccalovesbabies on

I wonder why she’s doing it, then …???

Nicksmomma on

You said it yogadaisy. I followed my heart and I am a stay at home mommy now. I did go back to work when my son was 2 1/2 months old, but by the time he was 6 months old, I couldn’t stand it, and I had to stay home with him. Fortunately, my husband and I were in a position that allowed me to do that financially, but I do know and understand that alot of times, that just isn’t the case. And also, alot of mothers love to still work after having their children..I have friends who have children themselves and always ask me if I am going crazy yet by staying home with my son and not having much adult interaction, and obviously I am not, because he is 3 now!!
I just looked at my options and the time I have been able to spend with him was far more valuable than ANY paycheck I would have gotten anywhere. I am so thankful that I was able to do this, I wish there was a way that every mother could have this option…

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