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    From the outside looking in, Maggie Gyllenhaal thought she could pick a perfect parent out of a crowd.
    “I used to be judgmental of the way other people would parent,” the actress, 34, shares in Scholastic Parent & Child‘s August/September issue.
    “I would look at someone talking on a cell phone while her baby was asleep in a stroller and think, ‘How can that mother have her cell phone out?’”
    But shortly after the birth of daughter Ramona in 2006, as a new member of the motherhood club, Gyllenhaal found her perceptions on parenting suddenly shifting.
    “Then you actually have a baby and you’re like, ‘She’s sleeping; I have 10 minutes; I’ll make three phone calls,” she says.

    “I think so much of my judgment — not only about how people parent, but about people in general — went away when I became a mom.”
    Aside from her newfound approach toward other mothers, Gyllenhaal — who in addition to Ramona, 5½, is also mom to daughter Gloria Ray, 4 months, with husband Peter Sarsgaard — also came to a realization regarding her own parenting powers.
    “I was 28 when Ramona was born, and I had this idea that I think a lot of people in their twenties have, that I was supposed to do it perfectly. At least, if not perfectly, then exceptionally well,” she admits.
    “I’ve realized that that isn’t possible and that part of being a human is making mistakes — and making lots of them.”
    And while Gyllenhaal understands “the element of parenting where you have to be a mom and say no,” she is thoroughly enjoying her blossoming relationship with her mini-me, Ramona.

    “The fun part is being with this little person and learning about the world and listening to her questions,” she explains.
    “She comes and runs errands with me and we make it fun. When we talk, she talks like a person. She knows the words that she needs. She’ll ask me if she doesn’t. I like that.”
    An advocate for a strong education — it’s “one of the most important gifts you can give your kids,” she states — the Won’t Back Down star is looking forward to her daughters’ intellectual futures … with one exception!
    “Besides literature, I liked history. I had trouble with math, though,” Gyllenhaal admits.
    “I kind of faked my way through it. I don’t know how I’m going to help my daughters with it when the time comes.”

    Maggie Gyllenhaal: I’ve Stopped Judging Other Mothers – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com

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    god i'm glad you got blown up in The Dark Knight.
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    Fucking shit, she is quite far up her own ass. I bet the little persons that she's raising are going to be completely insufferable, a la Suri.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorahacky View Post
    Fucking shit, she is quite far up her own ass. I bet the little persons that she's raising are going to be completely insufferable, a la Suri.

    At least we don't see pictures of her child daily...

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    “I would look at someone talking on a cell phone while her baby was asleep in a stroller and think, ‘How can that mother have her cell phone out?’”
    Yeah, that situation just screams mortal danger.

    Wtf?
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    Meh. I'm a mother and I judge other mothers all the time. Some of them are fucking horrible and should never have had children.

    I don't say that because I think I'm the better mother. I say it because no kid deserves to grow up with crappy parents. People need to take parenting more seriously. It's a huge responsibility that affects the rest of your life and that of your offspring.

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    Eff you Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    Of all the things in the world to be judgy about, using a phone near a baby wouldn't have ever crossed my mind. Wtf?
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    I've made a lot of mistakes as a mother but talking on the phone whilst my infant sleept is not one of them. It wouldn't even have occurred to my GRANDMOTHER to judge another mother for making a phone call while she had a minute to herself.

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    What is wrong with a mother on the phone while the baby is sleeping?

    The only think I can't stand is when the parent is smoking pushing a baby in a stroller. I think it's so tacky.
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    Maggie, thanks for reinforcing my dislike for you. I need to reminded every once in a while that you are a self-righteous, pretentious windbag.

    Fugly, can't act.

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    Well, isn't that special. Glum cunt really does capture this chick.

    Quote Originally Posted by aabbcc View Post
    Meh. I'm a mother and I judge other mothers all the time. Some of them are fucking horrible and should never have had children.

    I don't say that because I think I'm the better mother. I say it because no kid deserves to grow up with crappy parents. People need to take parenting more seriously. It's a huge responsibility that affects the rest of your life and that of your offspring.
    I judge and DO say all the time that I'm a better mother. Just am, truth can't be helped .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uindangergurl View Post
    Fugly, can't act.
    She was awesome in Secretary. Her facial expressions were amazing and spot on in practically every scene. To this day, it remains one of my favourite movies. I can watch it over and over and find something new to like every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aabbcc View Post
    She was awesome in Secretary. Her facial expressions were amazing and spot on in practically every scene. To this day, it remains one of my favourite movies. I can watch it over and over and find something new to like every time.
    She got a TON of awards and nominations for Secretary (and for Sherrybaby). She is actually a very good actress. Most of the stuff she says in the original post is pretty self deprecating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aabbcc View Post
    She was awesome in Secretary. Her facial expressions were amazing and spot on in practically every scene. To this day, it remains one of my favourite movies. I can watch it over and over and find something new to like every time.
    Secretary is a great movie. It took me forever to finally watch it, since it sounded so porny. What a great pay off! The chemistry between Maggie and James Spader was palpable; two accomplished actors who nailed it.

    That's why I can't hate on Maggie, even if she seems pompous in print media. I even liked her in the wretched Batman movie.
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