So the other day I blogged about Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s “conscious uncoupling”. I actually thought this was a great way to end a marriage if you can get away with it, which a lot of people cannot. It’s better for you as a person going through it and especially for your children. They won’t be put through the horrors of two parents who cannot get a long and put their children square in the middle as if they were some sort of bargaining chip.
However, when I hear comments such as “an office job is easier than acting” from Ms. Paltrow, I have to say – to quote Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler “Really?”. For who? I get that what actors and actresses do can be difficult sometimes. Long hours, weeks and months away from family, working in difficult conditions sometimes, but for all of that they are not making $15 an hour. The nanny they have hired to take care of their children while they work probably makes at least double that or more. When you are being paid millions upon millions of dollars to do your job you have no right to complain about it. I don’t care what she thinks, an office job is never easier. I have been having a difficult time as of late trying to find that all elusive full-time office job mainly because I am a solo parent, I have no one to call when my kids need to be picked up from school because they are sick. I have no one to call to help me drive my kids from place to place to place after school. I have no one to call when my daughter needs to go to her orthodontist appointment at 4:00 because they don’t take appointments after that and are closed on Fridays. I don’t have a nanny, I don’t have a spouse, I have no family and all of my friends are caring for their own children. I have responsibilities and a lot of employers don’t understand that and quite frankly don’t care. And I am by far not alone. There are so many working moms and dads trying to do it all and if we miss work at our “office job” we don’t always get paid. If we leave early to pick up our kids we have to come in all the earlier the next day or somehow find a way to make it up. We are not appreciated with awards and thousand dollar swag bags for doing our jobs. We are lucky if we even get a few hundred dollars bonus at the end of the year. And if we do, boy are we grateful. That’s a few extra Christmas presents we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford. We don’t have a choice, we do what we have to do to keep a roof over our heads and food in our mouths and the only reward we get is the satisfaction of seeing our kids grow up and be responsible, happy adults. And that’s enough.
So if working an “office job” is easier than acting – I say why don’t you give it a try sometime – without a nanny.