Does Hollywood romanticize single motherhood?
Parents magazine senior editor Diane Debrovner was on The Early Show this week speaking about the new "single mom surge"—the sudden popularity of single motherhood in the US. Debrovner says that because so many Hollywood moms (like Mary Louise Parker, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon) are unattached, single motherhood is becoming more and more appealing to the average everyday woman, too. But Debrovner admits that the personal chefs, private trainers, and round-the-clock nannies are not available to most. We called single mother Rachel Sarah, author of Single Mom Seeking: Playdates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World, to get her take on the matter. "Hollywood romanticizes everything from marriage to staying in shape, and now we can add single motherhood to that list," she says. "One thing I always notice is that many of these celebrity single moms, like Britney, seem to spend a lot of time at events and parties, and I always wonder who's taking care of their kids. It's very difficult for me to find the time (and child care) to go to an exercise class, much less go out at night!" She says single motherhood, while rewarding, is a lot harder and waaaaay more challenging than Hollywood makes it look. Do you think Tinseltown lies to women about what it means to be a single Mom? Comment now!
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