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Gwyneth Paltrow's parenting comment mocked by working mom

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Great American Songbook event

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Great American Songbook event honoring Bryan Lourd at Alice Tully Hall on Feb. 10, 2014 in Manhattan. Credit: Getty Images / Theo Wargo

The "mommy wars" continue, and this week, Gwyneth Paltrow is in the hot seat for comments she made about parenting.

In an interview with E! News, Paltrow said she believes parenting is more difficult for a movie star than for a typical working mom with a 9-5 office job. The 41-year-old actress said:

"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."

The "Iron Man" star received a lot of flack for her comments. In fact, one Manhattan working mom with a toddler took her fury to the NY Post and wrote a snarky letter to Paltrow.

Mackenzie Dawson wrote: "I really enjoyed your recent comments to E! about how easy an office job is for parents, compared to the grueling circumstances of being on a movie set. ''Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year' is what I say to myself pretty much every morning as I wait on a windy Metro-North platform, about to begin my 45-minute commute into the city. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra."

Prompting fellow working moms to agree, Dawson ended the letter: "So, Gwyneth, you’ve figured out the secret of working parents everywhere: Livin’ la vida desk job is a breeze compared to the 14-hour days of a film set. Fourteen hours? Who in New York -- especially those in the finance, law and tech professions -- could possibly work 14 whole hours?"

As a working mother of a 3-year-old and a 5-month-old, I can relate to Dawson's feisty reply. Balancing your home and work life is not easy, regardless of your type of career. But, at the end of the day, we're all moms -- can't we all just get along?


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