Jennie Garth contemplates on competition between mothers

04/19/2008 at 10:28 AM ET

031808jenniegarth_2Actress Jennie Garth, 36, may seem to be a great mother, but she admits that in the eternal ‘mompetition’ — competition between mothers — she sometimes feels like losing it. She and husband Peter Facinelli, 34, have daughters Luca Bella, 10 ½, Lola Ray, 5, and Fiona Eve, 18 months.

I admit it: There are times when I see a mom doing something special for her kid (something that I don’t do for my kids) and I think I should be more like her. I get this brief moment of inadequacy and it makes me think I need to be doing more as a mom. I know it’s ridiculous, but that’s how I feel.

Like on St. Patrick’s Day, there was this mom who had made a lunch bag for her kid with all green foods—a green bagel, green Jell-O—and on the outside of the bag she wrote all nice and cute, "You are my lucky four-leaf clover!" I thought to myself, "Oh man, I didn’t do that for my kids. Maybe I could have. Maybe I should have!"

To read the rest of Jennie’s article, go to ParentsConnect.com. It is a website for parenting advice for teens, toddlers and families and in addition to ‘mompetition’, Jennie has also written about her family’s bedtime ritual and tips on healthy eating and cooking for five.

Source: Parents Connect

Thanks to CBB reader Bella. 

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madison on

are they like doing a crocs ad or what? LOL

they all look cute though🙂

finnaryn on

See? I think that we moms already put enough preasure on ourselves that we don’t need others making us feel bad about breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, different types of childbirth, cloth vs. disposable diapers, names we choose for our kids. The list goes on.

20 years from now, Jennie’s kids are not going to remember that she didn’t put a green bagel in their lunch. They are going to remember the years and years of cuddles and kisses. That is what makes a mom a super mom!🙂

Stephanie on

I love the photo. It is from a recent Redbook article.
Also, I can’t wait to see Peter in the Twilight movie!

lis on

I think it’s very nice to see honesty about the challenges of life and parenting. Nice to see that not all celebrities think they are superhuman🙂

Natasha on

There’s another one on the site and she says that Supernanny would be mad because she falls asleep in bed with each of her kids. I think thats nice to hear😀

ang on

there r probably many mothers out there who feel intimidated by her too.she seems to be doing a great job from where im sittin’…

brooke on

She sounds like a good mom, and I hope the rumors are true and she returns to t.v. on the 90210 spin off show, I want tori on it too lol.

meme on

So true! Women need to CHILL!! Gosh! I work with all women all day long (RN nurse-only one male nurse on our floor) and women just tear each other down all the time! It should not be a competition of the “best parent”! Jenny sounds like a great mother to me-just like the rest of us on hear!
Love to all the mothers out there doing their best!

Kelly on

i heard a rumor that she was pregnant is there anything else on that?

Kelly on

i heard a rumor that she was pregnant is there anything else on that?

chatty cricket on

Ok, but I think we all need to stop putting the emphasis on what other mothers are doing, and how that can make us feel inadequate. When it comes down to it, shouldn’t our parenting choices be more about raising our children “right” versus validating ourselves? Parenting is ALL ABOUT personal choices and everyone parents differently based on culture, means, and personal experience. I’m sure Jennie is a wonderful mother.

After all, how does she know it wasn’t the awesome nanny who packed that lunch? 😉

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