Everyone’s absolute favorite, Kathryn Hahn, starred in one of TV’s biggest hits this season in Disney+’s Wandavision in which she played a completely relatable and dependable neighbor until a big plot twist in the show changed some things for her character. However, the warm reliability on display in the early episodes of the season seems to be true to who Hahn is in real life.
In a new interview with Parents, the actor and mother of two opened up about parenting amid a global pandemic, letting go, and giving herself and her children space right now.
Kathryn Hahn Is Tired of Cleaning and Disinfecting Everything and Letting Go Once in a While has Changed the Game for Her.
“I love a clean space—really love it for my mental health,” Hahn told Parents. She described how disinfecting surfaces for an entire year started to feel like a full-time job.
“I was laughing about my quarantine wardrobe and most of my sleeves have bleach on them,” said the Mrs. Fletcher actor. “I am so sick of cleaning. It’s been a year of just staring at the inside of my house. For some reason, everything is getting worse. I don’t know why. It looks more and more disgusting.”
With that said, the star said that she has endorsed the idea of “letting go of some stuff.” Instead of obsessive cleaning, she and members of her family “all chip in to clean on certain days.”
Hahn was asked about how the pandemic changed her over these last thirteen months. She responded that she has become more mindful of herself while at home.
“This chapter has changed me as a parent in terms of just being present,” she explained. “It has really forced me to be still, think in quiet, be more present with my family and with myself. I have not really afforded myself the luxury of that. But this has been a really great moment to be still.”
Additionally, she said she adopted a self-care routine that she did not have pre-pandemic, which includes taking baths, stretching, using a foam roller, and taking solo walks.
The mom admitted that she learned a hard lesson from her 14-year-old son Leonard who actually appreciated a more hands off approach than she was giving.
“Sometimes, you just have to close their doors and then just let them be,” she advised. “You just have to give them their own space after a while. Sometimes you just hand them [a cleaning product] and then let them figure it out.”
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Her reinforced self-awareness has allowed her to tell her family when she needs time to herself. “The older you get, you kind of start to have an emotional calendar,” she said. “You start to know when your moods are going to be, so [it helps] being on top of that and knowing, ‘Oh, between 4 and 6 is not gonna be the best time to ask Mom.’ Maybe that’s Mom’s time in the kitchen. Or maybe between 2 and 3 is when mom takes a walk.”
She recommends “just giving yourself a little bit of air when you start to recognize you need some space.” Who could argue with that advice? We would be wise to heed it.
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