In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Kajol busted some of the most common myths about motherhood, parenting and shared the one piece advice she picked up from her mother Tanuja.
If there is one actress who has managed to stay relevant from the time she made her debut back in the 90s to now, it is Kajol. She is somebody every 90s kid has grown up watching. The highly acclaimed actress, who has given us iconic characters like Simran from DDLJ, Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Zooni in Fanaa and many more, has made everything from her real to reel life look like an absolute joyride! In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, the actress who now stars in Tribhanga as Anuradha and plays the role of a mom, talks about parenting, motherhood and the one advice her mother gave her.
She spoke about how much pressure there is on mothers to be a good mom. “If you don”t cook for your child, go to pick up your child from school, you’re a bad mother if you don’t attend one PTA meeting, you’re a bad mother… So there are too many things that make you a bad mom and not enough that makes you a good mom,” she said adding that there is societal pressure on what moms ought to be like.
As a working mom, the actress also commended stay at home moms and busted the myth about how working mothers look down at stay-at-home mothers. “I always look at them with this awe, I really don’t know how they manage to make it look so effortless!”
When it comes to the myth about how working mothers don’t dedicate enough time to their children, Kajol revealed that every mother who works thinks this at some point! The mother of two, Nysa and Yug Devgan, revealed that even if you ask the kids, “It’s never about ‘oh you don’t love me enough’. You just have to convince your parent that you love them enough and that they make up your world.”
Through the course of the interview, the Tribhanga actress also revealed that she doesn’t believe in self-help books at all! “The only thing a parenting book will teach you is to tie a nappy! Not how to wash the bum, or pick up your child when she’s crying,” she said assertively. As for one tip, she’d like to share with all parents, Kajol revealed that it would be to do parenting their own way as nobody knows how to go about it anyway!
The actress also shared the biggest learning she took home from her mother-actress Tanuja. “The most important thing she passed down to me was that you have to make your children think for themselves. That led to everything. They have to learn how to make their own decisions and find out whether they can live with the consequence or not,” she said adding that it would be the only way for children to know whether this decision was the correct one for them.
Watch the entire interview and let us know your thoughts!
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