Gabrielle Union is admitting that it’s difficult to work and be a mother.
Gabrielle, 49, spoke on how her career would mean she would not be able to see her 3-year-old daughter Kaavia James‘s holiday program.
“Hardest part about being a working Mom is missing important events in your kid’s lives,” Gabrielle wrote, captioning a series of photos of herself holding her little girl. “Today I missed @kaaviajames holiday program at school and felt so awful to disappoint her.”
So instead, Union, who shares Kaavia James with husband Dwyane Wade, revealed she did the “next best thing” and pumped up her little girl before her big moment.
“I did the next best thing and I became her hype woman before I left for work. ????????????????????,” Union wrote.
Union and Wade have been married since 2014. In addition to Kaavia James, Union is also stepmom to Wade’s children, Zaire, 19, Zaya, 14, and Xavier, 8.
Last year, Union wrote an essay for Refinery29’s No Bad Moms, stating “I absolve myself of ‘mom guilt.’ ”
“Coming into the parenting game late, as a 46-year-old rookie with my first biological daughter, Kaavia, I had already experienced the best and the worst of what the world has to offer,” Union wrote.
“I have decided I’m not going to feel guilty for working. I’m not going to feel guilty for self-care. I’m not going to feel guilty for prioritizing myself, because I know I can’t be a great mom if I’m not a great person.”
“I refuse to take on guilt,” she added. “Because even when you succumb to all the guilt and stress, and you do everything that society tells you you’re supposed to do to be a perfect mom, your kid might still get an F. Your son might display misogyny and toxic masculinity.”
“Your daughter may be the absolute opposite of what society says is an acceptable woman. You could be perfect, or you could be less than perfect, and your kids are going to be who they are. All we can do is our best to instill some peace, joy, grace, compassion, and a sense of community. All we can hope is that we raise people who are going to be accountable for themselves.”
“We’re all built differently, and I have zero guilt about that,” she said.
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