Sarah Jessica Parker Has No Shortage Of Money -- But She Won't Give Her Twins Everything
The actress and her husband, despite having no concerns with cash, have a very down to earth attitude towards money that they share with their twins.
Sarah Jessica Parker discussed being a mum to her three children James, 17, and twins Marion and Tabitha, 10, who she shares with husband of 22 years, Matthew Broderick, while ppearing on KIIS FM’s The 3pm Pickup on Tuesday.
While there -- though both hugely successful and notoriously private about her personal life -- the actress gave a rare insight into the lives of her twins and the money lessons she tries her best to impart on them as their mum.
Acknowledging that while she has no shortage of money, Parker, 54, admitted that doesn't mean she gives them everything and anything that they want, emphasising how important is it to her to keep them grounded.
"I’m their mother, that’s what they know [of Parker's fame]. I think parents who aren't well known can have children who aren't grounded because of the example that's being set in the home," she said.
Parker admitted she doesn't think she's been 'super successful' in talking to Marion and Tabitha about money, adding that the easiest thing for her to do would be to pretend that as a family, they don't have a lot.
"You would think that the best thing to do would be to suggest a different really, you know, we don't have a huge amount and you can't have whatever you want," Parker said.
But I think that's also so fraudulent, it does a disservice to them, it's unfair and it doesn't characterise it in an honest way.
Parker went on to explain that she learned one of her biggest lessons about money from singer Dolly Parton and it's this approach that she makes an effort to teach her own children.
"I learned this from Dolly Parton actually because I heard her talk about this because she was raised with nothing, you know. She said when she finally had money she told her relations, I will always give you what you need but I will not always give you what you want," she said.
"That's the way I tell me children. I will do my best to make sure you always have what you need but you won't always.... and I want you pining for something. I want you to work toward something. To dream of it and hope for it and will it happen. That's hard to do when you have it."
When asked whether or not it's been strange to be away from her children, Parker said she feels the distance the most when she is at the airport or on a plane.
"When you're held captive in the air at 35,000 feet, that's where it feels decadent to not have kids. I think you feel it when you're in an airport," she said.
" For me it's that long flight when I can do whatever I want and I'm not checking on the kids or picking up a napkin or a spoon that dropped or trying to reach something in the middle of their two airplane seats that fell."
During an appearance at a Business Chicks event on Monday, Parker also explained how her children have strengthened her marriage with Matthew Broderick.
“As complicated and chaotic as marriage and family can be, I think it’s helpful to see the way my children look at my husband. I think it’s a reminder to see that kind of purity of feeling because you get bogged down in the day to day of a marriage and it’s a lot,” Parker said.
“You’re kind of dealing with stuff every day that’s not interesting and it’s not romantic… It simply needs to be done. Often, I’ll see the look in their eyes when he enters the room or I’ll see the way a friend of his looks when he enters the room and I’m reminded -- that’s that guy.”
Despite being a hugely famous couple, Parker and Broderick have managed to maintain a high level of privacy which she attributes of living in a big city.
“We’re one of countless -- literally, one of millions of people -- in a very exciting city, a city filled with lots and lots of interesting and successful people. We aren’t unique,” she said.
“The city is populated by stimulation. I feel like we’re very fortunate to live in a very public place, in a way."
We walk out the door and we take our children to school and we live on an island we’re deeply in love with, and my husband was born and raised there.
“We love our community, so we’re just members of it, and I think it’s been really good for us -- it’s allowed our children to be involved and engaged with their lives without an emphasis on them that we feel would be detrimental to their development as people.”
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