Kate Hudson Reveals Why She’s A ‘Bad Mom’

Kate Hudson comes from a celebrity family on both sides, with Goldie Hawn on one side and estranged father Bill Hudson on the other, but her recent essay, titled “Sometimes I Feel Like a Bad Mom” and published in the May issue of InStyle magazine, reveals that Ms. Hudson faces the same challenges as millions of other parents. Kate also reveals that she doesn’t always come up with the best solutions.

Kate Hudson Reveals That She Can Be A Bad Mom Just Like Anyone Else

In the essay, Hudson talks about her own struggles as a working parent, which sometimes requires her to put her career above her children in some circumstances, leaving the Kung Fu Panda 3 actress feeling guilty.

“Some days I feel like I should win best mom of the day award, and some days I find myself doing strange things that don’t have any real purpose, in faraway corners in my house, and I realize I am literally and deliberately hiding from my children,” Hudson confessed.

Ordinarily, Kate says she feels at her best and happiest as a parent spending time with sons Ryder, 12, and Bingham, 4, but adds that some activities just zap the energy right out of her. When asked for an example, the first thing to come to Hudson’s mind was math. She says other subjects stimulate her sons’ minds, and that makes their discussions lively, but as math is little more than memorization, Kate says there’s nothing to stimulate her sons or herself.

“I will sit and listen to my children pontificate and discuss their ideas till the day is long because it warms my heart, but I really don’t want to do math! I’m gonna say it: I’d prefer to watch The Bachelor rather than do fractions and divisions.”

Kate shares her thoughts in primitive terms, describing her joy for parenting as a primal urge and the need to nurture her offspring as something that has been passed down through generations, as far back as our cave-dwelling ancestors. Keeping with that motif, Hudson says she’s also part hunter, meaning that her career and her ability to bring home the bacon is equally as important for her to feel complete. While these needs are surely passed down through history, Hudson also says she rebels against the traditional divisions between the male and female. Kate wants it all and she won’t apologize for that.

Mother’s Day Director Gary Marshall Helps Kate Hudson Relive Her Own Childhood

Sometimes Kate has the opportunity to meld her parenting duties together with her career, as she was able to do recently by bringing seven-year-old Ryder to watch the filming of Mother’s Day. What made the experience so nostalgic for Hudson was that the director, Gary Marshall, was also the director of Overboard and, when Kate’s mom, Goldie Hawn, was doing that film with Kurt Russell, Marshall took such a liking to little Kate that he would allow her to yell “action” or “rolling” during production.

“Now I watch [7-year-old son] Ryder and he’s sitting with Garry and he’s yelling out and we both sort of had a bit of an emotional moment and Garry sort of went, ‘Life.'”

Mother’s Day brings together a number of old acquaintances for Ms. Hudson, which includes bringing her back together with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. The three actors have worked together on five previous films, so it was very much like a class reunion, says Kate.

Mother’s Day brings together several generations of mothers with Kate Hudson, Britt Robertson, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts heading up a star-studded cast for the comedy, which is due in theaters on April 28.

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