Talk about going to bat for your kid: Halle Berry has recently been facing off with her ex, Gabriel Aubry, in an effort to protect daughter Nahla from a potentially abusive relationship. Though there’s a lot of he-said/she-said going on, what is clear is that Halle is doing everything she can to keep her child safe. A-plus, mom!
7. Gwyneth Paltrow
I may not personally like Gwyneth Paltrow so much, but she does seem to be a pretty terrific mom, so I give her points for that. She keeps Apple and Moses as far out of the public eye as she can, and although I find GOOP a little tiresome, it’s not a terrible worldview with which to raise kids. Good for you, Gwynnie.
8. Angelina Jolie
No celeb mom list would be complete without the inclusion of Angelina Jolie. While it’s easy to get sick of hearing about Angie, Brad, and their perfect multicultural brood of six adorable children, here’s what I respect the most about her: When Angelina first began the process to adopt her first child, Maddox, she was planning on doing it with then-husband Billy Bob Thornton. But when they split up… she didn’t back out. She went ahead and adopted Maddox anyway—and clearly she found that motherhood agreed with her, leading to two more adoptions and three births. That’s not something you do casually, and she and Brad have proven themselves to be great parents. We salute you, mother of six!
9. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Not unlike Michelle Williams, Maggie Gyllenhall and hubby Peter Sarsgaard have opted for a low-key family life in Brooklyn instead of a fast-paced one in LA. (fun fact: They live in my neighborhood. We voted at the same time during the 2008 Presidential Election. And they are very nice people.) Maggie has acknowledged that she is by no means the perfect mom; she is, however, a terrific example of a working mom, juggling both her family and her career with grace and panache.
10. Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker walks her and Matthew Broderick’s 9-year-old son James Wilkie to school in Manhattan almost every day. And they always look so happy while they’re walking together. We can’t wait until twins Loretta and Tabitha are old enough to walk to school too, so we can see the whole brood trooping off down the street together!
Happy Mother’s Day, Bettys!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.