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As an actress, Jessica Biel is used to taking on many different roles. But just three years ago, she stepped into one of her most life-changing ones to date—being a mother to son Silas, who she shares with husband Justin Timberlake. Already, she's going through something working moms know all too well.

"Mom guilt is a real thing," she told Redbook while promoting American Express' "Live Life" global brand campaign. "I don’t know if I’m very good at it yet. I feel a lot of guilt when I’m gone. You feel like you’re missing out and maybe you shouldn’t be there. I struggle with it a lot."

But just because it's difficult doesn't mean she regrets her choice to be a working mom, she says, telling Redbook, "It’s important for my son to see me as a human being very fulfilled by my work, because it’s very much a part of me. I think that that’ll be very beneficial to [Silas] and his life when he’s older—that I didn’t just give my whole life to him. I maintained my own life as well, and that’s important. That’s going to make me a happier person and a better mom."

Even though it's easy to assume celeb moms have it easier on all fronts, Jessica's words are a reminder that even the famous aren't immune to mom guilt. It's hard to leave our kids because we have to work, but at the same time, many of us are passionate about our careers as well. Rather than viewing going to work as something that hurts our kids and feeling guilty in the process, we can treat going to work as pursuing our dreams, and setting a good example for our children. And it can be a wonderful thing to show our kids we're more than just moms.

This article originally appeared on Working Mother

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