As a mother of two children, I lead an ordinary life. Each day, I spend a lot of time cooking, cleaning and taking care of my kids. It’s rewarding but not glamorous. I often wear my hair in a ponytail because, hey, otherwise it will get pulled or slimed with applesauce. Yet, even though my life is simple, sometimes it resembles a celebrity’s lifestyle (not that I have any real experience). Here are five ways I think parenthood is similar to life as a celebrity.
#1 I Can’t Get Any Privacy
Some celebrities never get a break. The paparazzi are constantly in their faces and follow them everywhere. It’s tough for some celebrities to go to the store or even go on a jog without people following their every move. Well, with two small kids, I can’t get any privacy either. I mean, I can hardly even go to the bathroom without two sets of eyes peering at me.
# 2 My Name is Often Chanted, and Sometimes Screamed
People can become quite excited when they see a celebrity. Teens girls will scream or chant a celebrity’s name when they see a heartthrob. My child are always chanting my name: mommy. When they are tired, hungry or mad, they might even scream at me.
# 3 There are Many Photos of Me Without Makeup
Just the other day, I saw a magazine cover that said “see Jen Aniston without makeup.” She looked great. However, other times, there will be the worst picture of a celebrity without makeup with a weird expression too. My daughter enjoys taking pictures of me. I don’t wear makeup half of the time. Thus, many of these pictures are of me au-naturale. It’s not a big deal. However, I don’t think I would want a picture of me without makeup and bed head to be splashed on the front of a tabloid magazine.
# 4 People Are Always Asking for my “Autograph”
Celebrities are asked for their autograph. People even stand in line to have someone sign a jersey or book. However, people are always asking for my “autograph” too. Well, perhaps they are simply asking for my signature. I have to sign well-baby surveys, soccer sign-up and school enrollment forms. When my daughter starts school this fall, I expect to hear “Mom can you sign this?” about a million times.
# 5 When I Enter a Room (in my house), I am the Center of Attention
When you have kids, at least little kids, you are the apple of their eye. If a celebrity walks into a restaurant, people will stare. If I go to run errand and then return, my children will greet me at the door and my daughter will say “Mommy, I missed you!” I can’t complain.
From time to time, it’s nice to feel like a celebrity. However, most of the time, I’m glad I’m just a mom.
More from Melissa:
Barbie, Thigh Gaps and Princesses: Raising a Daughter in an Appearance Driven World
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