15 Wise Quotes On Motherhood From Julia Louis-Dreyfus

This talented actress and veteran mom has some insightful things to say about life as a working parent.

Written by Amy Thetford
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Having raised two children to adulthood, Julia Louis-Dreyfus understands firsthand both the challenges and joys of being a mom. The Veep star is the epitome of a working mother. Here are some of her most insightful quotes about raising boys, mom guilt, and more.

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If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you're active in your community, there's nothing more empowering. The best way to make a difference in the world is to start by making a difference in your own life.

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It is, I think, harder for women. I haven't quite figured it out, and all of my women friends haven't figured it out. How the hell do you do this? How do you work and have families?

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Well, I have four sisters. I went to an all-girls school. So I just assumed I’d have girls. It didn’t even occur to me that I might have a boy, let alone two.

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I’m not one of those happy pregnant women. I’m delighted to be having a child, but I don’t relish the idea of pregnancy.

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It's much more acceptable for men to work and father kids. There's an inherent inequality because we want to do it all, and I don't know how we can do this all.

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I'm particularly fortunate to be in a position where I can bring my child to work and be able to get good child care. Not a lot of women have that.


I mean, I love men. And I like the directness of the male sensibility. And I like the sensitivity of women. So, you know, it’s a good mix. I’m hoping that’s something I’ve been able to impart to our children.

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I went through two pregnancies over a nine-year period on Seinfeld, and I gained 45 pounds both times ... I was hungry, man. I craved red meat and lemonade, and I cannot believe the amount of food I could take in. And it’s really documented on TV.

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As soon as I gave birth, I suddenly noticed issues in my own backyard. Motherhood changed everything for me.

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Brad and I certainly have similar goals and sensibilities; we’re on the same page in terms of how we want to raise our children and what we like to do. We’re always trying new things together ― having adventures is a great way to be with your partner.

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When you have children, which is in so many ways a glorious endeavor, part of it is about constantly separating. Even when they’re born — I remember thinking, Oh, God, I miss that movement in my body. And from there on, that story continues: They crawl away from you. They go to school. It’s a constant.

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