Kim Cattrall Says She's A Parent, In Spite Of The Fact She Has No Kids

Sex and the City star thinks her close relationship with her nieces and nephews make her a parent

Do you have to share DNA to be a parent? Certainly not. Adoptive parents are every bit parents as if the child was biologically their own. You don't have to have given birth to be a parent.

But I’m sorry Kim Cattrall, I don't agree that you can be a parent if you have no kids, if you’ve never been up with a sick child, never bandaged a booboo or removed monsters from under beds. A mentor? Sure. A wonderfully nuruturing aunt? Yes. But no, not a parent.

Cattrall disagrees. She says she is a parent, because she mentors young kids and is a good aunt.

“I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent,” she told BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour. “I have young actors and actresses that I mentor, I have nieces and nephews that I am very close to,” as if that’s even close to the same thing.

“She said that she 'didn't change nappies' but she did help her niece though medical school and sat down with her nephew when he was going through 'a very tough time' to join the army,” the Daily Mail reported, because giving someone a financial gift and patting the back of a person through a rough time makes someone a parent.

She also said she finds the term childless offensive because it makes it sound like someone without children is less than someone who does. Motionless doesn’t somehow make someone standing still less than someone who is moving. It’s a state of being. That’s it that’s all.

Cattrall may be a nurturing family member, and generous with her money, but that makes her a great family member and a good person, but still, not a parent.

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to be a parent knows there is more to being a parent than financial support and a great giver of advice.

Parents are chefs and tour directors, chauffeurs and guidance counsellors. Parents are nurses and teachers, personal dressers and mentors. They are clowns and they are judges. 

Parents make lunches and wipe all sorts of bodily fluids. They cheer at recitals and soccer games and sit in ERs praying their hurt or sick child will be okay. They stay up at night imagining their children’s future and hoping whatever choices they make as parents every single day don’t in any way negatively impact who they are going to be, who they can be and who they are. 

Parents fold little clothing and then eventually pack it away to make way for the next size. They walk their kids to their first days of school and pick whether or not to get a photo day retake because their child has a funny look on their face.

Parents’ days are made better or worse by the moods, the happiness and the pains of their children, every. Single. Day.

No, Ms. Cattrall, you may be a stellar mentor, a wonderful shoulder and a generous, fabulous, nurturing aunt, but you are not a parent. 

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