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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Right To Desire Routine For Her Kids?

Section: Celebrity Mums

After her latest interview, the actress is being condemned for suggesting 9-5 working mums have it easier.

Gwyneth was always going to be met with disbelief when she suggested that as a movie actress, she has it hard.

Known to earn millions per film, and given that she can count Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jnr among her past colleagues, we can't imagine normal working mums feeling much sympathy for Gwyneth (her recent marriage split aside - we're not monsters).

But we can't help thinking, is Gwyneth right to express the difficulties of working ever-changing, intense hours away from her children?

While many have attacked Gwyneth for underestimating the difficulties office-working mums face, wasn't she just making the point that routine helps in successful parenting?

'I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine...'

The interview, which was conducted prior to Gwyneth and Chris Martin's separation announcement, included Gwyneth admitting she will cut down on her acting jobs in order to make her life more conventional

'I don't like to be the lead so I don't (have) to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting, and be with good people and that kind of thing.

'I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, "We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks" and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as...of course there are challenges...but it's not like being on set.'

Isn't Gwyneth just admitting that 14-hour-days and travelling away from her children don't make for the easiest parenting? Or is it actually an unjustified, or at least ignorant, dig at normal working mums?

And not wanting to miss out on the Gwyneth-bashing, Katie Hopkins added her opinion in her The Sun column, weighing in to say: 'Little Miss Perfect has been forced to admit she is not so perfect after all... pretending you like each other, for the children's sake, is spineless.' Oh, Katie...

Do you work shifts or unsociable hours and if so, do you think it makes raising children more difficult? Let us know what you think of the subject and Gwyneth's quotes in the comment section below.


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