I am a such a sucker for celebrity news and gossip, People and Us Weekly magazines and if your dad isn’t around, I watch Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. I especially love seeing the offspring of my favorite stars and watching as celebrity moms get back into pre-baby shape in what seems like the blink of the eye. I like to see how they are dressing their tots and what stroller they are pushing them around in (not that I could ever afford baby couture!) and most of all, what they will name their little bundles of joy.
My favorite celebrity moms are Jennifer Garner (Violet and Seraphnia), Jennie Garth (Luca, Lola, and Fiona), Gwen Stefani (Kingston and Zuma), Sarah Jessica Parker (James Wilkie, twins Loretta and Tabitha), Julia Roberts (twins Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry), Victoria Beckham (Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz) and of course, Bradgelina (Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, twins Knox and Vivienne).
I do feel bad for the celeb who is trying to enjoy an afternoon in the park with their toddler as the paparazzi swarms around them determined to capture a tabloid-worthy photo. They are just people and just because we know their names doesn’t mean we know them.
I think it’s really wonderful, on the other hand, when celebrities use their notoriety to bring more awareness to certain topics, particularly when the topic is children.
For example, I have an immense amount of respect for Ricki Lake and was heavily influenced by the documentary she and her friend Abby Epstein produced called The Business of Being Born and I read their book, Your Best Birth when I was pregnant. Both were extremely informative, empowering and I believe should be viewed and read by every expecting mother as she chooses what kind of birth she wants.
I love that former Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy is an activist promoting scientifically unsupported claims that vaccines cause autism and that chelation therapy is effective against autism. As spokesperson for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), she participates in fundraisers, online chats, and other activities for the non-profit organization to help families affected by autism disorders. Her Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs are also the closet books that I’ve read that tell it like it really is to be pregnant and a new mom.
Another celebrity mom I admire is Brooke Shields, not only because I think she is beautiful and talented, but I respect her for sharing her own personal experience with postpartum depression in her book, Down Came the Rain. Postpartum depression is a very serious condition and I applaud her for putting a very real face (and name) to it.
Love ’em or hate ’em, celebrities and the tabloids they appear in seem to be here to stay and they will continue to have babies so I’ll continue to be entertained and sometimes informed.
The best is yet to be.