From forgetting her daughter's violin recital to keeping it real on social media, Busy Philipps is always amazingly candid.
Busy Philipps is the ultimate IRL celebrity mom whose social media presence is totally real. While promoting her Real #MomLife campaign with the LG SideKick, Philipps spoke candidly about her whirlwind life. The mother of two (Birdie and Cricket) is currently starring in HBO's Vice Principals and working on a book while finding time to attend a spur of the moment Chance The Rapper concert in New York City. Whether Philipps is rushing to buy cans for her kid's school fundraiser that accidentally slipped her mind, or posting her real mom experiences on Instagram, the actress always projects positivity.
She is out to dispel this modern mom myth. "I just think that there is no one way and no right way. I think we are moving to a place where people are sort of acknowledging that, but these messages come to moms all the time. You have to breastfeed your baby for five years, or she isn't going to have a good immune system. You have to potty train by this age. You have to stop bottles by this age. There is not one prescription that makes the perfect mom. I think we can dispel that myth. You have to do what is right for you and what is right for your family."
She doesn't succumb to the pressure to uphold a specific image. "I think there was sort of a trend for a minute going in the direction of wanting everything to be Pinterest perfect and you want to be able to Instagram your children's lunches in the morning. Hopefully, there is a little bit of a trend toward being realistic about those things. If I am ever able to make my child's lunch look like I should photograph it, I will photograph it—for sure—but that has not happened yet. I think the trend is leaning a little bit more towards being realistic about what it is to be a mom. We are all just doing our best, and everything that you do with your kid is not going to end up being Instagram-able."
She is transparent on her social media platforms. "I think what is really great about social media and Instagram in particular is that people are really starting to show that [real mom] side as well. I know that I show that side of my life and myself. I think it is the thing that makes people feel a sense of community and togetherness."
She doesn't agree with this parenting advice. "I remember getting some advice when Birdie was a baby that just felt very unnatural to me about letting her cry or how long she should cry. That is one that I'm like, I know that other people have experience, but every experience is different and you just have to do what you feel is right. You just have to listen to yourself as a parent, you know?"
But she would offer this advice. "I feel like a broken record but you have to do what is right for you and for your kid, you know? Try to work on your own happiness because ultimately that is what is going to make your kids the happiest."
She isn't afraid to admit her mom fail moments. "I forget stuff for the kid's schools a lot. I miss the emails and the memos. I am not great at that stuff and so a lot of times I am the mom that shows up the day after with the 10 cans for the can drive. OH! My biggest fail last year was that we missed Cricket's preschool violin recital which was like in the middle of the day on a random Thursday, but the email had gone out, and I totally forgot. When I picked her up from school, it wasn't even that she was sad, she was just heartbroken. She said all the other moms and dads were there. I started crying, I mean I couldn't help it. I was like, I am so sorry I have no excuse other than I was legitimately at Sugar Fish eating sushi, that is the best I can do for you at this moment, I don't know what else to tell you!"
She lives for her daughter's hugs and kisses. "I mean just all the wonderful things that they say and the funny things that can never fully be retold because you wouldn't get it and it doesn't even make sense and it's not even funny in the retelling. Those moments of parenting that all parents have where you're just like, I made this person that is so weird, cool, funny, and fundamentally just understands how the world works in a way I never will. That and also Cricket is really big right now, she is four and that is just the most delicious age to me. She is really into hugging and kissing at the same time, and every time we do it, I can't contain how much I love it. I love it so much. So she like gives you this big hug and kisses really hard on the mouth in a way that is passionate. She is very passionate about her hugs and kisses. She is really cute."
She loves to take advantage of mom hacks. "I'm all for life hacks. When something makes your life easier and you can focus on the things you really want to focus on. We used to have this little pile of shame next to our washing machine that would be my dirty workout clothes or my daughter's uniform that she spilled juice on, but now I don't have to have that little pile anymore because we just put our little loads that can't wait into the LG SideKick."
What is there not to love about this hilarious, uncensored mom? Philipps is totally #momgoals.