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EXCLUSIVE! Emma Thompson Admits She's Human: 'I'm Constantly Failing As A Parent!'

Wed, August 18, 2010 3:19pm EDT by Chloe Melas Add first Comment


The Nanny McPhee star and mom of two tells there’s no way to be the perfect parent and says that it’s OK to “drop the ball.”

Listen up, mommies, if you’ve ever had one of those days when you lost your cool with your kid and then felt totally guilty about it, Emma Thompson knows just how you feel. The Oscar winning writer, actress and director says that she constantly “messes up” as a mom.

Talking to exclusively at the NYC premiere of her new film, Nanny McPhee Returns, the 51-year-old said that she doesn’t often yell at her children, Gaia, 10, and Tindyebwa Agaba, who she adopted from Rwanda back in 2003, but sometimes she can’t help it.

“I don’t do it very often but I’m constantly failing,” she revealed. “I dropped the ball quite recently in Scotland at a party when I shouted at Gaia,” she said. “She’d asked for things…  so I shouted at her, and then she went and hid by the rubbish bins… it was really bad.”

Emma admitted that she felt terrible about her outburst.

“I spent quite a lot of time explaining why I shouted, and I felt awful! I’m constantly getting it wrong and I make mistakes all the time, but I just figure that if I talk to her and say, ‘Look, I know that was a mistake and I’m sorry, and I’ll try not to do it again,’ then at least she knows that I know that it was rubbish parenting, and that I’ll try to get it better next time.”

Wow, Emma’s honesty is so refreshing! We can all learn a lesson from the woman who, whether she believes it or not, has it all.

—Chloe Melas