Working Parents—Be Glad You Don’t Have It As Bad As Gwyneth Paltrow

Jason Pankow Current Affairs, HR (& Life!) Advice, Jason Pankow, Pop Culture

Sad news in the world of pop culture. The greatest actress since Jenna Elfman has decided to take a break from acting. That’s right! Gwyneth Paltrow has decided to take a break from acting to focus on being a

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Sounds respectable! I mean, if I were a millionaire—recently “consciously uncoupled” from my millionaire spouse—I would love the opportunity to completely stop working so I could spend time with my kid. If I had the resources of Gwyn, it wouldn’t take me any time at all to have my family yoga classes scheduled and have the limo to the organic market booked.

That’s not what irks me, though. What irks me about Gwyn’s departure is this little ditty she dropped to E!.

“It’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and… you can do all the

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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.”

This statement is so annoying to me that I can’t even come up with witty enough sarcastic responses.

I feel so bad that Gwyn had to go to Wisconsin for 2 weeks. Heck, I feel bad that she had to go at all. I feel bad that she had to work 14 hours a day for a 14 day stretch. Yes, working parents do have it easy. We don’t usually have to work 14 hours per day for 2 weeks in a row. Usually we break them up with a 10 hour day here and there. Maybe we’ll go crazy and stick to 8 or 9 hours a day.

I occasionally travel for work, so I understand how much a parent can miss their kid while they travel. It would absolutely suck if I couldn’t see my little man for 2 weeks straight. I don’t imagine the month that she gets to avoid working all together after a shoot is in any way a consolation for the time away.

At least my office job offers me a routine. At least I know that I will be able to see my son only 3 hours after school gets out. At least I know work will never conflict with soccer games or music recitals. Well, most of the time at least.

I feel like Gwyneth should consider having a conversation with her HR department. It’s clear that her working conditions are unacceptable and bordering on discrimination against her motherhood.

Celebrities are annoying.