Busy Philipps is the ultimate IRL celebrity mom—as you may have noticed by her transparent social media presence, this powerhouse isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. That’s why it came as no surprise to us that the soon-to-be talk show host took on a game of Parenting Truths like a pro. As Philipps dished on mom life to her daughters, Birdie and Cricket, she also dove into a subject all parents can’t help but have on the brain right now: summer break.
Philipps, who brought her girls along for the New York City work trip, can relate to the struggle of balancing career and family when there is no school buffer. That’s why she teamed up with Red Baron Pizza to provide free groceries for thousands of moms when they need it most: two weeks into summer recess. Pretty cool, right?
But of course, no mom is perfect—despite what her kids (or us) may think. Philipps is the first to admit where she has gone wrong throughout the years. And trust us, her stories are always hilarious. By experiencing the cringe-worthy moments like cursing in front of her daughter or having a mom-related meltdown in front of the paparazzi, Philipps has learned a thing or two about parenthood. We love how she owns her highs and lows and are always down to follow her for the ride.
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 one-size-fits-all 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 tip. "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 kids' schools a lot. I miss the emails and the memos. A lot of times I am the mom that shows up the day after with the 10 cans for the can drive. My biggest fail last year was that we missed Cricket's preschool violin recital, which was in the middle of the day on a random Thursday—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. "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."
What is there not to love about this hilarious, uncensored mom? Philipps is totally #momgoals.