Jenna Dewan-Tatum & Jessica Alba Share the Toughest Part of Being a Working Mom
The actresses, who just launched a kids' flip-flop line, chatted about juggling their careers and time with their daughters.
Both in their professional and personal lives, actresses Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Jessica Alba might seem like they have it all figured out. They're both successful and constantly launching new ventures. Dewan-Tatum will star on World of Dance and Alba is known for co-founding The Honest Company, which just launched its first beauty line. But they're also moms who are constantly trying to strike the right balance between work and home life, as evidenced by an interview they just gave E! News during a party to launch their new Havaianas Mommy & Me flip-flops collection, sponsored by the Baby2Baby charity.
"Some of those milestones or moments, you want to be there for every single one, and it's not realistic when you're working, but for me, that's what gets me," Alba explained. "Even the everyday little things like picking them up from school are a big deal, so I drop them off at school most mornings and try to get home for bedtime. But the weekends is really when I get to spend the time with them."
Dewan-Tatum shared that she's also constantly trying to "perfect the balancing act," which to her is the "toughest part" of working mom life. "For me, with work, it's interesting because it will be really, really busy, and then I'll have a little bit of time where it isn't quite as busy, so you have a little bit of time where balancing that is easier," she explained. "[My daughter Everly] is pretty good now, because she understands that now."
She also sees juggling as "a checks and balances kind of thing, where you really put in good quality time so you feel a little bit better about working the next day. It's about finding that, and constantly sort of not making yourself feel guilty but trying to work that out for yourself, so that your family gets lots of time and quality time together. It's a balancing act always."
Alba agreed and chimed in that "it's about quality and not quantity" of time spent with your kids. One qualtiy time activity that's super-popular with Alba's daughters, Haven and Honor? Making slime, she says. "My kids are obsessed with making slime, so that's all they do," she said. "All they want to do is make slime and then they do like pretend tutorials like Youtube because they watch tutorials, that's how they learned to make slime. So Haven will be Honor's assistant and she'll say, 'Um today we're making clear squishy slime' or whatever slime they are making. I didn't even know there were that many kinds of slimes to be made. And it's been so hard finding glue! And if you run out of glue you're screwed. Like good luck finding glue!" Too funny.
The pair also shared how they plan to spend Father's Day with their spouses. While Alba said she and husband Cash Warren will probably go to brunch, Dewan-Tatum shared that her husband, Channing Tatum, is planning on getting a bit adventurous this year. "Well, Channing is really into dirt biking and street biking right now, which is dangerous, but I'm very into this hobby of his as well," she said. "But he wants us to come and watch and be part of it, so I think we are going to do a dirt biking day and be his cheerleaders. We are literally going to go cheer him on, so that's our Father's Day."
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Sounds perfect...practically. Because, while there really is no such thing as "perfect" when you're trying to strike the right balance between work and your L.O.s, Dewan-Tatum and Alba seem to have a fairly good grasp on juggling as best as they possibly can!