Marcia Gay Harden: Motherhood Is A “Glorious Hijacking”

Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden knows a thing or two about motherhood thanks to her daughter Eulala, 11, and twins Julitta and Hudson, 5. Speaking to at this week’s Red Carpet Launch of Pampers With Dry Max Event in New York, the 50-year-old Whip It star shared some tried-and-true advice for new moms.

On her advice for expectant moms: “Try to keep all the balls in the air. You must know that a few will drop and that’s OK. Sleep as much as you can.”

On the early years with baby: “You’re tired. I think of babies as a glorious hijacking and you’re hijacked. It’s not just for one year. It’s your whole life. Around 4 years-old, 5, maybe even 3, some moms are better than others.”

On remembering to make time for mom: “I have three kids now, so with the twins at around 3 years-old, sadly I went ‘where did I go?’ I needed to find out where I went and what I liked to do? I needed to make time for myself, not just for my husband and I, but for ME! It was so hard to do. You feel so guilty doing it.”

On her favorite mom-friendly hobbies: “Read! I love to read! I can’t live without reading novels. Suddenly, about two years ago, I said ‘I’m going to read.’ I don’t get to read every night, but I started again. It’s also nice to ski and go do physical things together.”

On groupie moms: “I’m not one of those groupie moms. You end up gravitating to the kids whose parents you think you might like to hang with. Of course all of my mom friends are hippy moms, organic moms, the you don’t need to give your kid 9,000 toys moms.”

On child-proofing: “Open the eyes on the back of your head, because they’re there. You have to sense them. We definitely do the close the cabinets, gates at stairs, and side rails for the beds.”

On her baby carrier of choice: “I like the BabyBjorn. That’s the one where they are facing you or facing out. I love that because in NYC it’s really hard to have a stroller. There are bodies moving. When I had the twins, I was a wide load. You tell me what grocery story in NYC I can go into, I couldn’t! So, it was nice to have a BabyBjorn.”

On enjoying the fun moments: “The funniest thing this week was giving my kids allowance (for the first time). It just started. I said to Julita, ‘Who is the president on the $1?’ And she said, ‘George Washington.’ I said, ‘Who is the president on the $5? And she said ‘Mom, that’s so easy … Naberham Lincoln!”

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