Gabrielle Union doesn’t struggle with working mom guilt like me. Instead, the actress says that her work actually makes her a better parent to 9-month-old daughter Kaavia James.
“I don’t have mom guilt, and I’ll tell you why,” Union told Us Weekly. “Being able to have the job that I love and the baby that I dreamed of [is great]. I’m a better mom because I’m able to go away and do what I love. Even if I failed miserably, I’m following my dreams.”
The “America’s Got Talent” host went on to say that she wouldn’t be as good of a mother if she wasn’t out securing the bag and accomplishing her goals.
“I would be less of a mother if I didn’t set out every day to try to make my dreams come true and other people’s dreams come true,” she added. “So I don’t have guilt.”
Union, 46, shared that she feels immense support from fellow parents and that, as a child, she never resented her mother for times she wasn’t around due to work.
“We all grew up like, ‘Go, mom, go. Go, mom, go!’ Not like, ‘Why are you missing things?’ but, ‘Way to go, I’m glad you’re living your dream,’” she said. “We’re all kind of rooting for each other.”
The Breaking In star and her husband, Dwyane Wade, welcomed Kaavia via surrogate in November of 2018 after years of failed IVF cycles. Though things appeared bleak at times, Union says that she’s glad she never gave up on her dream of becoming a parent.
“[Kaavia’s] just amazing,” she said. “I’m so glad that me and my husband and our family just kept trying and plugging away and hoping and praying. She’s all of our dreams come true.”
Do you struggle with working mom guilt?