Jane Fonda says she didn’t know how to ‘show up’ for her children

Jane Fonda
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Parenting is hard no matter which way you cut it, but add on being an entrepreneur, an activist, and having a successful decades-long Hollywood career, and it can be particularly daunting.

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Jane Fonda recently opened up about her experiences as a parent, going so far as to say that while she does not have many regrets, she “was not the kind of mother that I wished that I had been to my children.”

The 85-year old star of “Grace and Frankie” told CNN’s Chris Wallace that she has “great, great, children. Talented, smart. And I just didn’t know how to do it.”

Fonda continued, sharing that she has “studied parenting, and I know what it’s supposed to be now. I didn’t know then. So, I’m trying to show up now” for her three children Mary Williams, 55, Vanessa Vadim, 54, and Troy Garity, 49.

She also opened up about her complicated relationship with her own actor father, Henry Fonda. “Before he died I was able to tell him that I loved him and that I forgave for whatever didn’t happen, and I hoped he would forgive me for not being a better daughter.”

“I got to say that to him,” she shared before adding that “he didn’t say anything, but he wept and I had never seen that before, I had never seen my father break down and weep and it was powerful.”

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