Kerry Washington came into our homes through the TV as Olivia Pope on Scandal for 6 years – however, she is notoriously private about her personal life. In a recent interview in Marie Claire Magazine, she shared how motherhood has taught her to be a better person for them.
She follows Dr. Shefali Tsabary who writes about conscious parenting. Kerry has realized that we typically think about our role as parents to mold our children and teach them who they should be. However, conscious parenting is the thought that we as parents have a responsibility to grow into the parents our kids need us to be – because our kids are already perfect and we have to be there to support them.
“My children are my teachers…I’m in a constant state of learning and challenging myself to make room for their perfection and beauty.”
Kerry Washington is apparently a working mom with struggles just like us. Her days off are spent doing homework, ready, watching TV, hanging out – spending time with her family.
Her next project is taking her back to live theatre – where her roots are special to her.
“The last time I did theater, it completely transformed my life. That’s where I met my husband.”
When asked about her definition of power, she responded that she thinks of power as an internal phenomenon. She prioritizes cultivating empowerment within herself and not seeking approval from outside sources, which she says is hard to do when you’re an actor.
Internal empowerment is that ever evolving concept that most women deal with – defining what their purpose is and how they fulfill that. As women, we find ourselves balancing external reactions to what our purpose is – and confirming for ourselves that we can be who ever we need to be – not what others want us to be.