This past Tuesday, I had the privilege of having breakfast at The Carlyle with actor and writer, Emma Thompson. Moms from many influential web sites gathered to interview Emma and discuss her latest movie, Nanny McPhee Returns.
Nanny McPhee Returns teaches children many important life lessons and after meeting with Emma Thompson, I learned many lessons as well.
On the topic of writing, we discussed how important it is to choose the correct words. Emma said, “Every word has to have the right frequency.” How true! Changing one word can make all the difference.
Our conversation then moved on to balancing work and family. This is the dilemma that many of us grapple with on a daily basis. How can we do it all? How can we do it all well? There are times when we all need to make sacrifices. I know I have often felt that way. Emma noted that the hours needed when acting makes balancing it all more difficult, but with writing, it is different.“writing is a gift. I can write and be available (for my children).”
Many lessons can be learned from Nanny McPhee Returns. I asked Emma what she would most like the young moviegoers to learn from Nanny McPhee Returns, “feel different….be inspired….solve your own problems with a nudge. You’re clever. You work it out. Childish problems are solved better with child-solutions.” As a teacher, these are lessons that I hope to instill in my own students.
Having had the chance to preview the movie, one thing that many moms felt about the movie was that it was fun for the entire family. Emma stated that “Nanny McPhee Returns is a shared experience. Absolutely! It is designed for everyone and written for everyone.”
Emma is truly a delight. She is busy writing a new Nanny McPhee. She dedicates her time to many philanthropic causes. As a teacher, I was very happy to hear that she is President of the UK Teaching Awards.
On a final note, we spoke about being a mom and “emotional moments in all our lives that change everything.” I know that is a feeling we all have about being a mom. Between balancing work and family life, Emma Thompson is definitely a MomLikeMe.