Sarah Jessica Parker Enjoys Being a Hands-On Mom

03/20/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
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Like most moms, Sarah Jessica Parker is painfully aware that someday she will no longer be cool enough to stand alongside son James Wilkie Broderick, 6. “Children are so cute and talkative when you get them out of bed, vulnerable blabbermouths, but when they get older they talk less,” she notes in a new interview. “As the days fly past, it’s only going to be a few more years that he likes me.” Noting that James is “borderline embarrassed” by her already, the 43-year-old Sex and the City star makes the most of their time together — employing a babysitter only when she has been left with no other choice. “I don’t delegate that job of getting my son dressed and out of the door in the morning to anyone else unless I have to,” she says.

“It’s not so much that I think I’m so incredibly interesting to be around, but I feel like I would lose out and be worse off if I didn’t do it. I’m not saying my son wakes up in the morning and is inspired by me, it’s just that I love being his mother.”

When they finally do exit their home for the quick walk to James’ school, they often have company in the form of paparazzi. “We have people following us every day,” she notes. “I don’t think my son is becoming used to it — I don’t think it’s good for him — but it is what it is.” And while she has declared previously that she would prefer a large family and has even hinted at wanting a daughter, Sarah Jessica is backing away from those statements, for she says there is no right answer to the question of whether she’ll have more children.

“No matter what you say, either it’s, ‘Poor Sarah Jessica, she wants more and hasn’t had them,’ or, if I say, ‘No, we’re quite content,’ they say, ‘What a cold, heartless, selfish…'”

Famously named the ‘Unsexiest Woman Alive’ by Maxim magazine in 2007, Sarah Jessica isn’t concerned by the title. “I think a lot about how to be a better person instead,” she says. “Better wife, better mother, better friend. Those I work on.”

James is Sarah’s son with husband Matthew Broderick, whom she wed in 1997.

Source: Daily Mail

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Jenise on

I absolutely love Sarah Jessica. I think she is a good actress and an excellent mother.

Monique on

I honestly thought that it was so horrible for that magazine to say such horrible things like to her. I think she is very pretty. She has her own look, as we all do. It’s unique! I love SJP, she’s a great person. And it sounds like she’s an even greater mom and wife. Keep up your continued success!

sat on

adorable family pic!! they seem quite fun.

jessica on

What an awful thing to say about her, what is wrong with this world. I think she’s gorgeous and definitely unique, which is prettier to me anyway! I kind of hope she does have a daughter, I love her style and would love to see it on her little girl!

Mia on

I wonder if they’ll look into have another, and get their daughter? Either through IVF or adoption.

gigi on

A hands on mom? As compared to all those women who are proud to be hands off moms? I can’t stand with people pat themselves on the back for doing something normal.

Kim on

Gigi, I totally agree!! It’s so funny to hear celebrities think they are doing something special when it’s what us normal moms do day in and day out. Get over yourselves!

Angel on

I detest this magazine for saying such an awful, hurtful thing. What did it do for them? Oh, that’s right. It got them recognized, but at the expense of Sarah Jessica. Wow, they should be so proud of themselves. I happen to think they are wrong though. In my opinion, Sarah J. is a beautiful woman and seems like a great mother. And to those that say she is asking for a pat on the back, I don’t believe that is so. Sure, we normal moms do these things every day without any help but you have to admit that in the celebrity world, they can afford the nannies and most of them take full advantage of it. I commend Sarah for trying to be there as much as possible for her son.

Jade on

Gigi, I’m sure if you’re a celebrity and interviewed everyday, asked several questions about your day to day life and motherhood, you will have a lot to say.

Don’t forget, you’re only reading the answer, there someone who’s asking questions.

Manon on

I know what gigi means but still think SJP rocks! I love seeing her with her little boy – you can tell how close they are.

He looks like a very intelligent child somehow. I hope they do have another child – boy or girl.

Manon on

Might I add Maxim magazine shows a complete lack of class running a “poll” like that. The point of sexiness is that it’s very subjective and hard to pin down. SJP has a fascinating look – she’s not a classic beauty but she’s gorgeous – her eyes are amazing.

Kim on

Gigi and Kim, I have read the article from the link to The Daily Mail website.
And I can’t seem to find anywhere that SJP is calling herself a hands-on mom. I can only find it in the title of this post which was written by CBB…

Celebrity News on

Gotta love her!

kate on

haha, she seems cool!

sgtmian on

not once did sarah say anything about being a hands-on mom, that was all cbb. some of you people seriously need to get over yourselves.

Agatha on

Kids can surprise you. My 14 year old son talked a blue streak today. Granted, a lot of it was about all the super cool video games he’d been playing at his friends house and all the blood and gore that entailed. But still. After 30 minutes he finally got off of that and onto another topic or two.

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