Jennifer Garner Shares Parenting Advice: ‘Give Yourself Grace’

Jennifer Garner shared the final word recommendation for dealing with mother guilt.

Garner, 51, opened up about struggles that include motherhood in a Monday, October 9, interview with Entry Hollywood. “Working mothers … get all freaked out as a result of we’re informed continuously, ‘You will have 18 summers, you’ve gotten this a lot time … Time is fleeting,’” she mentioned. “It makes you panic, and my mother has all the time mentioned to me, ‘You’re their mother perpetually. Don’t fear, you are able to do your job … your children are gonna be so pleased with you.’”

She continued, “For those who come from a spot of expansiveness as a substitute of feeling similar to, ‘I can’t be a mother as a result of I’m additionally working and I’m presupposed to be responsible on a regular basis,’ you higher simply lean into wherever you’re, any day, proper now, simply be there when your children present up and we’ll have a good time.”

Garner defined that whereas there are occasions the place she’s “totally round” and different instances she’s “actually not” on account of work, everybody wants to offer themselves “some grace.”

Garner shares three kids with ex-husband Ben Affleck — Violet, 17, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 11. She and Affleck, 51, cut up in 2015 after 10 years of marriage. He has since married Jennifer Lopez in 2022, whereas she has been courting John Miller on and off since 2015. Garner was beforehand married to Scott Foley from 2002 by 2004.

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Elsewhere within the interviews, Garner gushed about how a lot she loves Halloween, and what her “humorous” costume this 12 months could also be.

“My favourite costume after I was little was in 4th grade [and] my mother made me a carrot,” she informed Entry Hollywood. Though she hasn’t began planning the costume but, she shared, “I’ve simply been pondering within the final couple days, I ponder if I might be completely satisfied as a carrot once more.”

Prior to now, Garner has experimented with extra playful costumes, together with a mailbox, an outdated woman, a witch and extra.

Final 12 months, she joked a couple of “final minute costume concept,” which she named the “Late for the Bus Mother” by way of Instagram. The actress photoshopped a snap of herself rocking moist hair and a bathrobe onto a Spirit Halloween costume set. To the facet, she listed all the pieces the fake getup contained: “Moist hair wig, lukewarm espresso, cellphone mid-podcast, will and willpower.”

She additionally quipped that though the costume permits “elective undergarments,” it doesn’t embody a “youngster already ready within the automobile” or “lunchbox forgotten on kitchen counter.”