Article Jan 03, 2017

You are no longer passing

Reese Witherspoon supports guilt-free mothering

Actress Reese Witherspoon has urged moms to "rise above" any criticism they receive from others over their parenting skills.

The Academy Award-winner, who has three children of her own, has compassion for the struggles of motherhood, noting the ups and downs of raising a child has a very complex impact on the psyche of a parent.

"Every woman feels guilty if they’re working or guilty if they’re staying home all the time," she tells "There are all sorts of factors in between about economics and what each family needs. Actually my next show, Big Little Lies, (premiering on HBO in February, 2017) has a lot to do with that and about the complexity of women’s lives and the choices they have to make that affect their self-esteem and their marriage and their family."

Reese went on to offer mothers who may be having difficulty handling maternal duties some encouragement with a little bit of advice: "You have to just live your life and make your own choices," she shares. "Every family is different, and every family has to make their own choices, based on their circumstances. You have to rise above any negativity and know that you’re doing the right thing for your family."

Reese makes it a priority to help other mothers in need and she provided aid in a big way while attending the Baby2Baby Holiday Party hosted by Tiny Prints in Los Angeles last week (11Dec16). Several other Hollywood stars such as Selma Blair, Jaime King and Jessica Capshaw showed up to the charity event, which was hosted to help local families in need by treating the children to fun holiday treats, clothing, toys and other essential items in a fully loaded Christmas gift bag.

"Everybody needs a boost in life, particularly over the holidays," Reese notes. "That little extra bit can really help a low-income family. People are looking for things to do and give back—just clean out your storage closet and send it to Baby2Baby. They would love your old crib or your stroller."