They may have more money, and nannies, and a whole other lifestyle, but when it comes to feelings about their children, celebrity mothers are not all that different from the rest of us. There is something about the experience of motherhood, the incredible love one has for her child, and the fear (and joy) that comes from being responsible for an innocent life that makes all mothers, at heart, the same. Here are some famous mothers on what motherhood means to them, and what they've learned from it.
Being a Mom Made Me . . .
"Realize that life is an adventure. No two days are ever the same, which is so exciting." - Jada Pinkett Smith, actress and mother to Trey, Jaden, and Willow
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"Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy." - Tina Fey, actress, writer and producer, and mother to Alice
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"Being a mom made me fear for the first time in my life. The stakes felt huge. I thought I was going to wake up and know exactly what to do, and I was very disappointed when I didn't." - Lisa Kudrow, actress and mother to Julian
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"You make sacrifices to become a mother. But you really find yourself and your soul when you are one." Mariska Hargitay, actress on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and mother to August
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What Was Your Mother Right About?
"Keeping a sense of humor about life. My parents divorced when I was 8, and whenever I felt down, my mom would remind me that a sense of humor gets you through just about anything." - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, and mother to Henry and Charles
Beat stress like these busy women do.
"Eating my veggies. Now, every time Violet doesn't want to eat meals, I think, 'Wow, my mom put up with me only wanting to eat peanut butter sandwiches.'" - Jennifer Garner, actress, and mother to Violet and Seraphina
Try cooking these tasty meals with your kids.
"Encouraging culture. My mom used to take us to the opera and to see all these underground dance troupes. She wanted to show us the world and all of its enriching possibilities, and I love her for it!" - Gwyneth Paltrow, actress in the upcoming film Iron Man 2, and mother to Apple and Moses
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What are your favorite motherhood moments? What has being a mother taught you?
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