Emma Thompson: “You Can’t Be a Great Mom and Keep Working All the Time”

Posted Monday May 26, 2014 2:30 PM GMT

She’s accomplished so much in her long and impressive film career but Emma Thompson isn’t about to let her work interfere with raising her 14-year-old daughter Gaia Wise.

The “Saving Mr. Banks” star decided she needed to spend a full year away from acting as he doesn’t believe it’s good for moms to work full-time.

Thompson shared, "A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mom. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals, and had fun. I highly recommend others to do the same, if they can afford it."

Emma also ruffled a few feathers with her declaration, “You can’t be a great mom and keep working all the time.”

However, working moms seemed a bit miffed at the remark, with one woman tweeting, “I resent that. If you aren’t obsessed with housework, prioritize and share chores with hubby you can work AND be a great mom.”

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