As a proud mom of two daughters, Jessica Alba admits that life as a first time mom wasn't always easy. Just like in the real world, there were "mean girls" to deal with, and unfortunately for her, these were "mean moms."
The 34-year-old actress felt her parenting skills were "judged" by other moms when she first gave birth to Honor Warren in 2008, she told Yahoo! Parenting in an exclusive interview. She later gave birth to Haven Warren in 2011, and luckily, she found some friends to relate to, so things got easier the second time around.
"I know as a mom-and as a new parent-I felt confused," she told the site. "And I felt judged."
Alba proves that all throughout life, you're always going to have to deal with "mean girls," no matter what age you may be, even though at her age, there's a good chance that a lot of it has to do with hormones.
"Doesn't it feel like the mean girl thing from high school sort of just transforms into adulthood through motherhood?" she continued to say. "I think it has to do with hormones, right? I mean, this is the first time I'm actually saying this out loud, but that mean girl stuff happens when your hormones are going crazy. And then your hormones go crazy again when you're pregnant and having a baby. And even when you're breastfeeding. And I feel like maybe it's just all those hormones and people don't know where to put their energy, so they just start clashing."
Luckily for Alba, she was not the only one going through this. "I found some girlfriends I could lean on," she admitted. "Now I'm one of those moms that gives you too much advice that you may or may not want. I think the biggest thing is that what works for you, or what works for your friend, isn't going to work for everyone...There is no right or wrong."
As the owner of a $1 billion business, The Honest Company, and author of "The Honest Life," Alba put all she had into this business so she could still continue to be a mom while working. She may have two girls, but they can be very different at times, and that's what she wanted to show through her business; that every child is different and every child may require different type of parenting and care. The business mostly focuses on educating parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals, but it's turned in to so much more than just that.
"I have two very different girls," she said. "And the way that I parent one is different than the way that I parent the other. There's no cookie-cutter way of going about it. And I think we as women-and as moms-we need to show younger girls that we support each other no matter what. And try not to be so judgmental."
Just a few months ago, Alba admitted that she was "tempted" to retire from acting all together so she could solely focus on her business and being a mom.
"It's tempting to leave acting completely and focus on my company," she told HELLO! Magazine. "It's definitely more fulfilling. And when I put my time into it, I feel like I'm doing something that's productive and there's a real outcome."