Mary-Louise Parker on Momhood and Marijuana
The "Weeds" actress talks about blended families, acting, and legalizing pot.
Creating blended families continued...
The key, says Pertman, is "normalizing" your blended family. "It’s not
unusual or weird or problematic. It's just another way to be a family. Talking
about the issues involved in adoption is fine, but talking about them
obsessively is not. You don't make a big deal out of normal things."
As you prepare to adopt, keep your older child or children involved in the
process (in an age-appropriate way) -- show them pictures and talk about what
will happen. If you're preparing a family profile, let your children tell you
what they'd like their part of the profile to say.
To help you, your child, and the rest of your family prepare and adjust,
Adoptive Families magazine recommends Brothers and Sisters in
Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships When New Kids Join the
Family, by Arleta James, a clinical therapist at the renowned Attachment
and Bonding Center of Ohio.
Mary-Louise Parker on healthy living
Between getting ready for season five of Weeds, giving eight live
performances a week as Hedda Gabler earlier this spring, and raising two active
kids, how does Parker keep her own health and stress levels in check? She
credits her older sister for a few wellness habits that have lasted a
"She got me doing yoga and meditating when I was younger, and I still do
that now," she says. "And when I was 11 or 12, she taught me how to take care
of my skin. Use this in the morning, this at night, and sunscreen every day --
no exceptions! Those are the best things I do for myself."
Her worst health vice? Parker laughs. Unlike Nancy Botwin’s, hers is
G-rated: candy. She runs through the list of her favorites with glee. "I like
Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, really tacky candy like Bit-o-Honeys and
Butterfingers. I have a bad sweet tooth. I’d rather have candy than a classic
Beyond Weeds, what will she tackle next? Parker has two new movies in
the works: Solitary Man, in which she appears as the girlfriend of a
sex-addicted car magnate played by Michael Douglas, and Howl, based on
the life of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, still in production. She'd just shot her
single scene for Howl the day before talking to WebMD.