As a working mother of four, Maya Rudolph knows "there is no such thing" as perfection and getting everything done that you want to do in one day

By Jen Juneau and Sharon Kanter
March 06, 2019 03:45 PM
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Maya Rudolph will be the first to tell you that raising kids takes a village.

The actress — who shares son Jack, 7½, plus daughters Minnie Ida, 5½, Lucille, 9, and Pearl, 13, with longtime partner Paul Thomas Anderson — opened up during a panel discussion about how she balances a career and being a parent on Monday at The Cut‘s How I Get It Done conference in Brooklyn, New York.

“There is no such thing,” Rudolph, 46, admitted when asked how she gets it all done at the end of the day. “When I started having kids, I never stopped working. I would take breaks, of course, but I didn’t change my creative life.”

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“When I hear that, it reminds me of people saying, ‘How do you do it all?’ or ‘How do you balance?’ And I used to feel really s—y about it because as a working mother, I do the best that I can, and I try to enjoy it,” added The Good Place star. “I try to do a good job.”

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Rudolph revealed that “I don’t think I’m doing anything fully,” and that “there’s no shame” in asking for help in child-rearing — something she relies on regularly to wrangle her brood.

“Humans were meant to live in villages, and as women, we need help and we need each other,” she said. “I don’t have my mom. I have amazing women in my life who help me raise my kids and that’s a choice I made … I created my own family, basically.”

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“We do it together. And my kids are loved and they’re protected, and they’re well taken care of,” Rudolph continued. “And when I can’t be there, someone that loves them is with them, or my dad helps me. We get that s— done.”

While mom guilt may have affected her in the past, the Saturday Night Live alum is confident that her parenting choices have been the right ones for how she wants her four children to evolve as they grow up.

“I make sure that it’s the best possible scenario,” Rudolph said of her childcare. “And I [started] feeling less guilty because I’m proud of the family I created in order to raise healthy, incredible people.”