Sarah Jessica Parker Talks Twins & Family Values

Mom-of-three Sarah Jessica Parker graces the cover of the January issue of Glamour. Between her hectic work schedule – her new movie Did You Hear About the Morgans? hits theaters this month and filming is well underway on the second Sex and the City flick – and the demands of motherhood, the 44-year-old Emmy-winner admits she finds herself trying to “be all things to all people.” Sarah Jessica recently took a bit of time out to talk to the magazine about family life with Matthew Broderick and their kids James, 7, and Tabitha and Marion, 5 months, films and, of course, fashion.

On her twin daughters: “Nothing can really describe what it’s like to have two new little girls. It’s been very different than when James arrived, since our family expanded in an untraditional way. We didn’t plan on having two, but were doubly blessed, and it’s been just wonderful. [Tabitha and Marion] just turned four months old today! One would prefer to be held 24 hours a day, and the other is already suffering from type A issues. It’s been amazing but complicated because of my current work schedule, which I have enormous regrets about.”

On the challenges of being a working mom: “It is the eternal conflict of every working woman, and I am not complaining, because I’ve done this to myself. And I have a wonderful, wonderful nanny who allows me to be a working person. The great challenge for me is to be all things to all people; I want to be a great mother, and I want to feel good when I’m at work. But it is hard.”

On not wanting to spoil her kids: “I feel lucky because [my background gave me] an appreciation for sitting here and having this tea and drinking out of this cup. I am not blind to it. I don’t want my children to feel they have a sense of entitlement. I want them to work hard and be challenged. That’s hard to do when you have everything you need and want, so I am working on those values all the time.”

On where she hopes to be in 10 years: “Being so greedy, I would like more of the same. Most important to me is my home life and the well-being of my children. Everything as it is now would be thrilling.”

On Sex and the City 2: “The first movie had a lot of sadness in it, and it was very brave about breaking the rules of romantic comedy. This one is very much the antidote for that: It’s a romp. It’s about the idea of women’s and men’s roles in marriage, and old traditions versus new ones. The story is really fun, but it’s also about something.”

On how relationships change over time: “I think when you are younger, you get swept away by grand gestures…. When you have children and years invested, it’s much more complicated. It’s the day-to-day stuff: the kind of parent you are, the kind of partner you are. It’s the little and big things as opposed to just the big things. But you are not meant to know that when you are younger, so I don’t think anybody should regret the choices they made in their twenties.”

On her favorite fashions these days: “Whatever’s practical for being a mother. I walk my son to school, and I don’t want to embarrass him.”

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  • Tazina

    Did she not have enough money that she could afford to take some time off work at least when the twins were babies? I guess greed won out. They are being raised mostly by nannies.

  • Sonya

    Movies are planed years in advance, and in case of movies like Sex and the City she (and the main characters) probably signed the contract long before they found out about the pregnancy. It’s not like they could replace Carrie Bradshaw and make the movie without SJP! And Matthew took time off from work to be with the kids while Sarah filmed it. And since she didn’t give birth she could hardly use medical reasons as an excuse to not honor her contract (and breaking it would be hugely expensive and probably result in her being sued).

  • Anonymous

    Well said, Sonya. So many are quick to judge when they don’t know the circumstances surrounding a person’s life and decisions. I think Sarah has a fantastic attitude and it’s quite clear to me that she wishes the timing of things had worked out better so that she could be with her girls, too. A lot of people work after having children, even those with “enough money.” It doesn’t make them greedy.

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