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Gwyneth Paltrow Drops F-Bomb Over Parenting Struggles

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No matter who you are, where you come from or what your situation is, parenting is tough. While it may seem as though celebrities have it all and don’t go through their own parenting struggles or nightmares, that’s just not the case. Caring for another young human is one of the most challenging jobs there is, and everyone has a different way of doing it. Marvel star Gwyneth Paltrow has tackled pretty much every industry there is in the world of the rich and famous successfully, but apparently she still has the everyday, normal struggles of parenting. She’s even dropped an F-bomb over them!

Gwyneth Paltrow has two teenage children, and in an appearance on Red Table Talk, the semi-retired A-list actress said that she has realized, thanks to a Banksy quote, she is in the generation of parents who would do anything for their children to a fault, except allow them to be their own person. Here is what Paltrow said in regards to raising a daughter (her oldest child, Apple) to be a strong and confident person:

I spend a lot of time with them talking and watching. I read this quote. I think it was attributed to Banksy, the artist, who said something like, you know, I'm gonna paraphrase badly but this generation of parents will do anything for our kids, anything. You know, you see [it] with the college scandal or, you know, removing all their obstacles. Like, we will do anything for our kids except let them be who they actually are.

Parenting techniques are constantly shifting, and the new strategy parents are implementing with their children is a gentle, child-led approach which parents are hoping will end negative generational patterns. In the same interview, Gwyneth Paltrow explains that she is attempting to be a very conscious parent when it comes to allowing her children to become whoever they want to become, but she still “fucks it up” frequently. Here it is in her own words:

And I read it, and I was like, I had chills, and I thought, ‘God,’ there are aspects of me that think, ‘Well, you should do it this way because, like, that worked for me,' or 'Let's avoid this.’ And so I just tried to be really conscious of letting them emerge as who they are and being loving and supporting, and I fuck it up all the time, you know? Like, I say the wrong thing. And especially right now 'cause she's 17. Everything I say is wrong.

It’s impossible for anyone to get it right all of the time, especially when you’re up against young people who have minds and hearts of their own that are constantly transforming. It’s so hard to constantly be on it, but it’s truly the effort that makes a difference. If Gwyneth Paltrow is as thoughtful about her job as a parent as she seems, she probably isn’t fucking it up as much as she thinks.

Carlie Hoke
Content Writer

Constantly thinking about books, coffee, and the existential dread I feel from Bo Burnham’s Inside.  While writing I’m also raising a chaotic toddler, who may or may not have picked up personality traits from watching one too many episodes of Trailer Park Boys.