Teri Hatcher Creates Imaginative Space for Emerson

02/06/2009 at 11:00 AM ET
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Telling Parade that she defines herself “as a mother first” Teri Hatcher‘s devotion to daughter Emerson Rose, 11, is unquestionable. Since her divorce from Jon Tenney in 2003, she has raised Emerson as a single mom — and the assistance of a partner isn’t the only thing she’s foregone. “I’ve created a space for my daughter to have a very imaginative life by removing television and video games,” the 44-year-old actress says. “It’s not like I banned them, we just never watched television when she was growing up.” As a result, Emerson has benefited greatly. Explains Teri,

“It left a space to fill with running around the yard pretending to be Peter Pan and making poison soup that you feed to the witch, just whatever crazy idea you want to come up with that ultimately, I think, lets children work out issues of their own growth and their own timely experience. I think that’s what dreams are about. That’s what imagination is about.”

Asked to rate herself as a mom, Teri said she’s good, and noted that actions speak louder than words. “I’ve made a lot of career sacrifices and relationship sacrifices in order to make my daughter a priority — to be there, to be able to give her what I think she needs and what we need together,” she says. “I will never be sorry for that a day in my life.” She adds,

“That’s the most important thing I’ve ever done and the most important thing I ever will do.”

Teri’s new movie Coraline is in theaters today.

Source: Parade

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meghan on

To hear Teri Hatcher tell it you would think Emerson’s father was not involved in her life at all, which is untrue.

KL on

I do not know her private life but this kind of statement is so common in everyday people lives not just celebrities. It irks me. You are not a single mom when you are divorced unless the father is completely out of the picture. When the dad has joint/shared custody…sees the kid/kids every other weekend/and once a week, pays child support and/or spousal spouse and is involved at whatever level he can be then you cannot call your self a single mom. It is disrespectful to the struggling mom’s out there that are actually single mom’s doing it alone.

TracyG on

You know, I don’t let my son watch a LOT of TV, but it really bugs me when TV stars/movie stars who make their LIVING being on the screen for others to watch, say “I don’t let my kid watch TV” It’s a tad hypocritical if you ask me. I mean, sure kids shouldn’t watch TV all freaking day, but there are some very educational shows out there. My son watches Si-Q and Discovery Kids and Mythbusters all the time and he loves that science stuff! We also watch a lot of How it’s Made and shows like that.

I guess I could be sensitive, but to me, if you are working in the TV industry, it makes no sense that you wouldn’t allow the kids to watch..after all, it’s the TV that pays their bills and makes them so wealthy!

Sarah on

To be fair, Teri isn’t quoted as calling herself a single mom. Nor does she say that she’s raising Emerson on her own. Those are the words of whoever wrote that article.

Lavender on

I don’t know about Teri Hatcher or her custody situation. Whatever they may be I think what she is saying, keeping space in your child’s life for creativity is exemplary. I was raised plopped in front of a television. (See “The Cable Guy” though I did not turn out quite that twisted. Well, maybe.) Whether your parents work in the industry or not, it is no excuse to use TV as a babysitter. That would just be bad parenting. Take them to the studio to see how TV is made, that would be responsible parenting. Indeed, there are good educational shows but I would rather my kid be able to fill their time without electronics.

Wish me luck on that though.🙂

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