Reese Witherspoon isn’t just a busy A-list actress, actively developing her own projects to star in, not to mention her new Draper James business: she’s also busy at home with three kids! The mom to Ava, who’s 15, Deacon, who’s 12, and Tennesse, who’s two, has her hands full on the home front as well.
Reese chatted about the challenges of balancing work and family with Southern Living for their September issue, which she covers:
Reese got real about parenting.
No one’s really doing it perfectly. I think you love your kids with your whole heart, and you do the best you possibly can. But, you know, right now I’m feeling sad missing my little 2-year-old [Tennessee], and my daughter [Ava]’s about to finish her freshman year of high school, and my son [Deacon] has a golf tournament this weekend that I hope I don’t miss.”
She said that her children, however, are supportive of her work.
There are some sacrifices you make, and it hurts your heart sometimes. But my kids tell me they’re proud of what I’ve accomplished, and that just means everything. I grew up with a working mom, and I have so much respect for the things she did as a nurse and a teacher. I would never begrudge her that.”
It’s great that they (well, Ava and Deacon, at least) appreciate their mom’s hard work! Reese also explained how the name of her new business, Draper James, was a homage to her paternal grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon.
It was a huge deal for me. I was actually asked by several companies to just put my name on something, and I didn’t feel like that was appropriate. I hope my grandparents know how much I looked up to them. I truly believe that they look down on me and guide me in this life.
“They were strict but incredibly loving. We had family dinner every night. That’s a big thing I learned from my grandmother—to spend time with your kids and listen to their dreams.”
Reese said that she applies the values she learned from them with her own kids.
I make them write letters. Every gift gets a note or a drawing. It means so much when kids are appreciative. My kids know when I’m serious. I get really Southern.”
She joked that they even recognized “the voice.”
Yes. ‘Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, get over here.’ They know.”
I think every parent pulls out that voice- LOL. Reese draws on her southern roots even though she know lives out in LA.
I don’t know a weak Southern woman. My mom says if you want something done, then ask a Southern woman. There are a lot of old ideas about the South, but it’s a different time. I’m excited about the new South…. I don’t think I ever realized I’d be this busy. I just try to, as my dad says, ‘Make hay while the sun shines.’ There is so much growth in the South. Every time I come back to Nashville, there is a new restaurant or another amazing museum or another music club, and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone could tap into those traditions that we grew up with?'”
Mixing some of the old with the new: that seems to be Reese’s strategy, and it seems to be working out for her!
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