Lately I’ve been having a lot of conversations with both my family and my mom friends about the advantages and disadvantages of late motherhood versus teen moms. Surely,as an older mom you’ve got the maturity and the experience by your side, but younger moms have the energy and the capably to function during the day regardless if they had any sleep the prior night. As we all know, there are pros and cons to everything, but in this case it’s really hard to pinpoint an “ideal” age to bear children, right?
Well, Uma Thurman is one of those moms who appreciates being a mother again as an “adult.” The Hollywood actress recently opened up to Gotham Magazine, where she talks about being a “mature” mom and how it differs from her experience of raising her two older kids when she was in her early thirties.
“When I was younger and became a mother, I didn’t think I could do anything else; I was completely overwhelmed,” the Kill Bill star, who has kids Maya, 14, and Levon, 10, with her ex-husband Ethan Hawke, tells Gotham. “I felt guilty and afraid about working, guilty and afraid about not working. It’s very overwhelming for a younger person, which is why it’s awesome to get to have another baby when you’re grown up.”
Uma, who gave birth to her daughter Luna in July, also says that even though she’s a more comfortable mom now, she’s still having trouble finding that balance between work and motherhood. She adds: “The question of balance has always been kind of a funny one to me because I don’t think there is any balance. I feel like I’ve never done enough. I do think I’m pretty good at home, but trying to balance my energies outside the home? It’s a challenge; there’s so much more I want to do and can do.”
Tell us Babble readers, what do you think?
Photo via Gotham Magazine.