New Year, New You Part 4: Gwen Stefani... Working Mother
Throughout her career Gwen Stefani has made no secret of her longing to start a family. The 39-year-old insisted that her ambition when she was 18 was always to get married and start a family. But she fell into singing when she joined her brother's rock band No Doubt and her dreams of having children had to be put on hold.
In the band's 2000 single Simple Kind Of Life, Gwen wrote the poignant lyrics - "I always thought I would be a mom/Sometimes I wish for a mistake/The longer that I wait the more selfish I get" - which made her longing for a baby clear to the world.
Gwen started dating Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale in 1995 and eventually married her man in London in 2006. And Gwen couldn't put off her baby plans any longer, giving birth to her first child Kingston James later the same year.
However, the happy arrival came in the midst of Gwen's highly successful solo career and after Kingston's birth she was straight back at work promoting her second album The Sweet Escape as well as her clothing line L.A.M.B.
The singer admits she has found it difficult to balance her business interests with being a mother and recently expressed her concerns in an interview with British newspaper The Observer, "How would I fit him into my life? Would I be too self-obsessed to be able to care about him enough? I have a really extraordinary life and I obviously have a lot of passion about the things that I do. So I didn't know if I could be selfless enough."
So far Gwen has been able to travel the world with her son but she understands it will only be a matter of time before Kingston is old enough to need a more grounded upbringing.
Expert Opinion: Alix Needham, Lifestyle expert, Lifestyle Management: "Some women often struggle with balancing their career with having children.
Gwen is a great role model for it, but sometimes having a bit of give and take is important. Gwen clearly is very driven and often this is a sign of not feeling good enough and low self esteem. Commonly called a perfectionist personality, it means that once she sets her heart to something she must complete 100 per cent.
If you find yourself in the same situation you have to understand that nobody expects you to be perfect. Don't be scared of leaning on your friends and family - their support is crucial in helping you cope with the stresses of being a working [mom].
But remember to step back and take time out if you feel it is all getting too much for you."
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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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