Overrated: Celebrity parents

Note: This post was intended for WalletPop's Overrated series, but I was too busy with my kids' back-to-school schedule to get to it in a timely manner.

Isn't it wonderful? When a beautiful starlet has a baby and discovers the many joys of motherhood? It's just, like, totally the most amazing thing she's ever experienced. And becoming a mom has been, like, the most important things she's ever done, even better than her last award-winning movie. It's just super-special the way she was able to lose all that baby weight so quickly. She's handling new motherhood with grace and ease, just like we knew she would. We should all try to be more like her.

Stand back while I scream like a three-year-old.

Celebrity parents sell magazines. Their stories and pictures get boffo click-thru on the web, and the books their ghostwriters pen about their parenting experiences make the best-seller lists. I know why the public allegedly can't get enough of them and still I say they're hugely overrated.

Why? Because parenthood can be fun and easy, especially when you have other people doing it for you.