Despite having a wealth of resources, celebrities like Rihanna have difficulty finding balance between being a parent and a professional.
Finding the right work-life balance is as elusive as you can imagine. One would believe at least celebrities would have no issue with prioritizing their personal lives but it appears that may not be the case. Reading about celebrity moms with seemingly endless resources reveals that they too struggle to find a balance between being a parent and a professional. Rihanna is the latest celebrity to recognize that the “having it all” mantra is impossible to achieve in our current culture and society, regardless of success or wealth. In an interview with InStyle, Rihanna discussed the struggles of maintaining a work-life balance as a mother. She noted that work will always take away time from being with your child and that the decisions of what to say yes to have to be worth it.
Rihanna's decision to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show only three months after giving birth was a representation of her wanting her son to see her performing. It is clear that being a mother is not an easy task, regardless of how much money and resources you have. The idea of having it all is unrealistic and unattainable and celebrities like Rihanna are bringing this crucial issue to the forefront.
Julia Roberts and Serena Williams, two very prominent and successful women, have recently opened up about their struggles with finding work-life balance. Julia Roberts revealed to New York Magazine that she had to put her career on the back burner for a long stretch while her kids were growing up and were very particular about the roles that she would take on. Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, announced her retirement from tennis in order to try and have a second child, speaking of the unfairness of having to make this decision. It is clear that finding a work-life balance is a struggle for many parents, especially mothers.
Even when they have the resources and money available to them women face more barriers than men when it comes to achieving this balance. This comes down to society's expectations of women, parenting not being viewed as a full-time job and the immense judgment that mothers often face compared to fathers. It is rare to see interviews with billionaires such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in which they are asked about how they balance their work life with raising their children.
This is not a problem that can be solved through privilege or money. It is a societal and cultural problem, which is why we need to work toward change. It is unacceptable that the smartest and most talented mothers are struggling to do both their job and parenting to the best of their ability.