Celebrity mom of grown children Annie, 25, and Tom, 16, Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about parenting, friendships and facing her fears in the October issue of Good Housekeeping.
Jamie Lee revealed her thoughts on parenting, saying, “As I focused on how we encourage kids to take risks, I realized that as adults, we don’t do anything new. We eat the same food. Sleep with our husbands the same way. We don’t try new things, yet we want our children to do that every day of their lives. Trying something new and challenging yourself is what life is all about.”
But Jamie also revealed some darker feelings, saying that she has often felt like a “failure” as a parent. She said, “Failure sounds like there’s an end to it. I struggled with addiction, and for a long time I felt like I was failing. I feel like a failure as a mother a lot, because despite my best efforts, I have replicated parts of how I was parented [that I didn't want to]. Even though I vowed not to and felt like I was doing it so differently, in many ways I repeated some of the same problems.”
Jamie revealed, “To say that my daughter and my sister are my best friends makes me cry. But that doesn’t mean our relationship isn’t a process. My daughter is becoming an independent woman, so naturally you have to separate a little. The two people I talk to every day are my daughter and my sister. They are both people I’ve had conflict with, and they’re both people I know I can count on.”
Do you consider your children to be your best friends?