Did Elizabeth Banks Really Say Moms Of 'Onlies' Aren't Real Moms?
Elizabeth Banks, star of the The Hunger Games and What to Expect When You Are Expecting, upset single moms when she said that after she had her second child, she felt like a "real mom".
Was she saying that mothers of singletons aren't "real moms?"
Here is her quote in People magazine's celebrity blog:
“Two is very different from one. When you have one kid, you feel like you can jet set around and you can throw him on the hip and you get your life done... “You don’t realize how easy one is until you have two. Now I’m really a mom. Oh, I am a mom now! This is for serious — I am responsible for two people now.”
Was she saying that mothers of only children weren't real moms? Well, that's how bloggers for Hello Giggles and The Stir took her comments. I don't think so. She gave this interview at an opening of a Baby Gap and was trying to be cute and quoteable.
I think what she was saying is that when you have two kids, you are more mired in the mom stuff; it's double the amount of diapers and night wakings and whining. You aren't more of a mother when you have two kids, but your life becomes more about kid-time than when you have one.
Any mother is a mother -- whether through surrogacy, choice, adoption, marriage, unforeseen circumstance. I doubt that this celebrity meant to wade into the mommy wars on this one.
What do you think?