'Hunger Games' Actress Says Parents of Only Children Aren't 'Really' Moms

Elizabeth BanksIs anyone else's blood boiling just reading that headline? I had to read the article in which Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks said it several times, just to make sure it hadn't been taken out of context or otherwise misconstrued. But no, she said it alright.

She spoke to People this past weekend about how life has changed significantly since she had her second child in November. I don't doubt that. But then she went on to say: "You don’t realize how easy one is until you have two. Now I’m really a mom. Oh, I am a mom now! This is for serious — I am responsible for two people now.”

And before she was really a mom, she was what exactly to her son? A nanny? A partial mom? A ... WHAT?!


It's so rude and so insulting to parents of only children. Whether she meant it that way or not, it's incredibly insensitive. I had only child for more than five years while we struggled with secondary infertility, and for years I thought my son would be an only child. So I'm especially sensitive to comments people make like this.

We fortunately finally had a daughter, so I know what it's like to go from one to two children. It's definitely more work, plain and simple. There are two mouths to feed and clean and attempt to quiet down in public places. It seems like someone needs something from you all the time. But I certainly was every bit a REAL mother when it was just my son. It may have been easier in some ways when it was just him, but it wasn't EASY. Parenting never is.

In general, Banks seems pretty out of touch with what REAL moms do too. She described to the magazine how over the holidays she and her husband, Max Handelman, had no help for 10 whole days:

We had no help, no nannies, no babysitters. It was crazy. You forget how difficult it is to wake up in the middle of the night, how exhausting it is. I lost all my nails. I did dishes and cleaned bottles for 10 days so I lost all those nails!

Yep, that's what most REAL moms do ... no matter how many children they have.

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