Maggie Gyllenhaal has learned to stop judging mothers on their parenting skills after giving birth to her first child and realising just how tough a job it really is.
The Dark Knight star admits she used to be highly critical watching parents and their kids out and about, and it was only after becoming a mom to little Ramona in 2006 that she began to accept she had been wrong to pass comment all along.
Maggie Gyllenhaal tells Parent & Child magazine, "I used to be judgemental of the way other people would parent.
"I would look at someone talking on a cell phone while her baby was asleep in a stroller and think, 'How can that mother have her cell phone out?' Then you actually have a baby and you're like, 'She's sleeping; I have 10 minutes; I'll make three phone calls.'
"I think so much of my judgment - not only about how people parent, but about people in general - went away when I became a mom."
The actress, who had a second daughter named Gloria earlier this year (12), also had to come to terms with her own realistic terms of parenthood and the star has now adopted a more relaxed approach to motherhood.
She says, "I was 28 when Ramona was born, and I had this idea that I think a lot of people in their twenties have, that I was supposed to do it perfectly. At least, if not perfectly, then exceptionally well. I've realized that that isn't possible and that part of being a human is making mistakes - and making lots of them."