You’re a mum – get over yourself!!

My guilty pleasure is reading Heat magazine. I say ‘pleasure’, but half of the time it just winds me up. I’m too old for it. I’m reading about TV programmes I’ve never watched and never wanted to watch, about ‘celebrities’ I would never have otherwise heard of and fashions I will never wear.

Yet, like a car crash, I can’t look away.

Part of the pleasure comes from shouting at it. Well, I imagine I’m shouting at the people in it.

‘Get over yourself!’

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a woman. You’re probably a mother. You may be a wife too. Like me. Like Cheryl Cole (or whatever she’s called now), like Victoria Beckham and like Kim Kardashian.

Now I don’t have any awful lot against Cheryl and Posh. I suspect they’re quite nice people. Kim K is another matter. I think she’s a total idiot, but that’s not really the point.

The point is they weren’t always rich and famous. They’re not royalty. They’re not special. They’re women, wives and mothers.

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So it makes me really angry and a little bit sad when I read about their ‘perfect family holidays’ really being about spending seven hours trying to get the perfect happy family shot on Instagram. With the aid of make-up, artists, stylists, personal trainers, photographers, nutritionists, nannies and goodness knows what else.

YOU’RE ON HOLIDAY! JUST HAVE A FLIPPING HOLIDAY AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

Or what about losing seven pounds off their already non-existent bodies so they can look even younger, even better and upstage some other celebrity rival at an award ceremony or wedding?

GET OVER YOURSELVES!

Or how about having a baby and going into hiding for three months until you can reappear looking even thinner and even more glamorous than before you got pregnant? Because it is your duty to look even better than you did before. Even though your body has just made a human. And maybe your partner could say how ‘proud’ he is of how hard you’ve ‘worked’ to get your body back.

GET OVER YOURSELVES!

How about how hard you’ve worked to look after the baby?

And who the flip wants to not go out for three months? I appreciate that Cheryl’s house and garden are a bit bigger than mine and she doesn’t have to go to Tesco or do the school run or take anyone to ballet, but surely she must be going stir crazy?! I go a bit bonkers if I haven’t left the house by 11am every day.

Why can’t she just go out looking like she’s just had a baby? Why can’t celebrities get a bit older because, actually, they are getting a bit older? Why can’t they actually have a family holiday that is a family holiday? Why can’t they share photos that have just been snapped rather than taking seven hours to set up?

Because they’re just mums. Just like you and I. They’re no different. Shouldn’t they just get over themselves and enjoy their family holidays and enjoy eating cake and enjoy going out pushing a buggy wearing a tracksuit?

Or should we get over ourselves? Should we stop expecting them to look amazing at all times?

What do you think? Should they remember what it’s like to be normal and get over themselves, or should I just stop reading Heat and find something better to do with my time?

This is the kind of photo I’d share if I was famous. Because I give zero f*cks. I quite like an ugly selfie.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. i agree with you 100% Sarah and I too get great pleasure from shouting at certain ‘guilty pleasure’ TV shows. However as long as we watch the programmes and buy the magazines we are taking responsibility for these celebrities needing to create 7 hours setting up an instgram ‘natural’ holiday shot and letting the writers know that we need more headlines like this

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    • I know, we’re all part of the problem! I do sometimes think I should give it, but reading it is my bit of relaxation!

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    • The ranting is definitely part of the fun! I’m not quite ready to give it up just yet!

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  2. Totally! I stopped reading it years ago but it was my guilty pleasure once upon a time. It is fascinating but the shallowness of it all is so stupid. I completely agree that they do need to get over themselves. I must admit that I do watch This Morning sometimes and the other day Cheryl was coming on to give tips on motherhood. She has been a mum for five minutes probably with an entourage of people helping, so what does she know exactly?? Needless to say, I didn’t watch it

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    • You’re right, I don’t think anyone needs motherhood tips from Cheryl!

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  3. It sounds to me like you enjoy bashing other mums? Why else would you read these magazines? You do have a choice you know. If they are just mums too then why do you think it’s ok to criticise their life choices? The other way around you wouldn’t like it if people were pulling your life apart. Maybe if you haven’t got anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all.

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    • I read the magazine for relaxation that’s my choice. I don’t like bashing other mums, I like people to set a realistic example that doesn’t make young mums feel like they will never live up to the ‘ideal’ of being super slim and having ‘perfect family holidays’.
      People on social media say things to me all the time like I do too much for my kids or we should all eat as a family or I should make my kids eat certain foods… It doesn’t offend or upset me. That’s their opinion and this is mine.
      As I said, I actually think Posh and Cheryl are nice people, but I also think they have a duty to their fans to portray a more realistic image.

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    • These idiots love the attention – like doing power-lunges in the middle of the road wearing hot-pants because they know they will get a paragraph in the Daily Wail or some shite magazine.

      Sarah, great post! As you were, lovely. X

      Clare, get over yourself ffs!

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      • Thanks, Tracy, I really appreciate that!
        And as for the lunges in a hot pants… while ‘naturally’ looking over their shoulders, sucking in their bellies and sticking their boobs out… Say no more! x

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  4. My guilty pleasure is say yes to the dress! Although so busy with our move here in France don’t have much time for magazines although I did pick up ici paris heat’s equivalent here as not gonna lie I think Macron is a dish. Re the comment about you bashing them what tosh writing is about opinions. The people who post trite be kind always are just as likely to be talking about people. It’s life it happens. People judge. And that’s all I have to say about that in my vest Forrest Gump voice. As you were

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    • Ha ha, love your Forrest Gump voice! Thanks for the support, I really appreciate it. Glad you picked up a trashy mag too – they can be hard to resist!

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  5. This made me laugh, mainly because I would NEVER have put you down as a Heat reader! I think it’s the media’s fault that these people feel that they need to look perfect, be perfect, have the perfect holiday. If they’re not, they’re criticised beyond belief. I gave up reading trashy magazines a long time ago, for the reasons you mention. One less thing to get angry about!

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    • I’ve been reading Heat ever since I had my eldest and can’t quite give it up, although I love it less than I used to! It would probably be good to remove it from my life really, but I’m not quite ready to let it go!

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  6. Oh but I love it! I’m like the village gossip talking about who shagged who….and thats why I love it! haha.
    It winds me up no end but I still buy it!
    #Mondaystumble

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    • Ha ha, that’s the attitude! I think that’s me really. It winds me up, but I can’ resist buying and reading.

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  7. Haha this made me giggle! I don’t read things like this, they just don’t do anything for me. And far be it from me to defend vacuous celebrities but I sort of get it. If I post a photo of me looking like a lardy chav that hasn’t had a wash in weeks then nobody really cares. Except my parents, they’d be a bit ashamed. But if celebs do it, every crappy newspaper and magazine in the country will run a story about how they’ve got fat and let themselves go since they had a baby / got married / didn’t win an award etc. etc. and I understand why that would get them down. I’d be pretty gutted if there was a detrimental story about me in a newspaper, thank goodness nobody cares that I’ve eaten nothing but junk food all weekend and haven’t exercised since last Wednesday. So I kind of understand why they take so long over photos etc., especially if you’re prone to depression / anxiety / low self-worth anyway.
    Nat.x

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    • Good point about the depression/ anxiety, I hadn’t thought of that. But I still think there’s looking your best and going overboard with it. When celebrities spend entire days of their holidays just trying to get the perfect ‘natural’ Instagram shot, what is the actual point in going on holiday?! x

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  8. I really do think that there is enough pressure on mums already – without these people doing this to themselves. It is such a shame that we can’t just ‘be’. I used to read Heat magazine all the time and I used to feel exactly the same as you do about it! x

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    • You’re so right. Seeing celebrities looking so ‘perfect’ really puts pressure on mums, who are often feeling quite vulnerable and low anyway. Why can’t we all just ‘be’? x

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  9. I’m not a mum or a woman. Definitely not a wife. It’s the celebrity culture the world has embraced. It does nothing for positive body image (male or female, while a recognised issue among women, it’s only now becoming recognised as an issue for guys too).

    It does worry me that my daughters will be affected by this rubbish. An awful lot of it is entirely manufactured by the PR industry. Personal;ly, I;d stop reading it. By buying the mag, you are supporting it.

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    • You’re right, I should stop reading. There is far too much pressure on people to look good. Sadly even if we’re not seeing it in magazines, we’re still seeing it online. We have to do the hard work at home to set a good example for our kids.
      And thanks for being the 1% (I’m guessing) of my readers who is male!

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  10. Oh I never read magazines or watch reality tv shows, they don’t appeal to me and they really aren’t like real like at all. I think there is enough pressure on mums to bounce back without added pressure. I think celebrities have a hard time of it under the media spotlight, but they should try to be “normal” whatever that really is and people who think more highly of them xx #mondaystumble

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    • I love that you don’t read the magazines or even watch reality shows. You’re so right that they’re not like real life. It would be great to see a few more celebrities being ‘normal’. x

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  11. That’s quite a gorgeous selfie Sarah!! I used to love Heat and glamour and all of that so much I’m sure I’d spend at least a tenner on them each week. Now I flick through them in dentist waiting rooms and it’s soooo vacuous (which means I was so vacuous!) and I agree I wish more would just be real and use their celebdom to be a bit more of a role model. I love Chrissy Tiegen for that. She s a supermodel but forever showing her stretchmarks or all the food she eats (which is a lot!!)

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    • Thank you for being so nice about my selfie!
      It really would be good to see these celebrities using their fame in a more positive way. Sports people make much better role models in that sense.
      I need to check out Chrissy Teigen!

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