We definitely have a lot to learn from her, in case we hadn’t discovered it yet!
Yes, the secret. The secret of self-care – one of the keys of being a present and balanced parent! “When my kids were younger, I put them first to the point where I exhausted myself,” actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 44, tells PEOPLE about raising daughter Apple Blythe Alison, 12 and son Moses Bruce Anthony, 10.
“It led to me being short-tempered,” she adds. “I thought, ‘What if I gave myself permission to take a 20-minute nap and let them be on their iPads and not beat myself up?’ ”
Paltrow also pointed out that she is not the only one to feel this way. On her website Goop, she says, “We did a piece on post-natal depletion that went viral.” “So many women were writing in saying things like, ‘I feel like I can’t recover, what can I do about it?’ ” the actress and mother of two continues.
Even though she has just launched supplements to help cope with everyday exhaustion and takes herself the Goop vitamin called “Why am I So Effing Tired?”, Gwyneth says her daily well-being routine is quite simple.
“I would say honestly every day what I do for my health is make sure that I really connect and hug my children. And lie with them at night,” she says. “Nothing fills me up more. They say that if you strengthen and amplify your family and love connections, it’s the best thing for your health, so I always try to make sure that I do that every day. It’s not hard — they’re pretty cute!”
Pretty good advice here, Realmomsters!