Comments about ‘Missing motherhood: The one thing Barbara Walters regrets’

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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 7:30 p.m. MST

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Woodland Hills, UT

One of my biggest regrets was, I think I watched one of her shows once.

Saint George, UT

U-tar: thank you for the laugh, A big one! Never saw one myself.

Salt Lake City, UT

I must admit to not being particularly fond of either Barbara Walters or her many products, particularly "The View". Much too leftward slanted, like most TV/Movies/Newspapers/etc.

But, I must also admit that it was difficult watching her offer her greatest regret and note that as she did so she appeared close to tears with what was, I'm sure, a painful realization at her stage of life. Perhaps because I have a similar regret.

I'm reminded of the saying I've heard at more than one funeral when a speaker is exhorting people to make the most of their lives. That is, the one thing very few people will be thinking when they die is, "I wish I'd spent more time at the office instead of with my family and friends".

Provo, UT

Anyone who selects Hillary Clinton as the most fascinating person in 2013...should have ALOT of regrets!

Salt Lake City, UT

Well after these snotty comments let me say that Walters' regret shows the painful trade-off so many people have with career. Family - its all about family, no question. Career supports the family but it must not be allowed to replace it. It's a hard thing to get straight.

Saint George, UT

Interesting. Here's a woman who has had unbelievable success in her career but only now realizes what she was missing out on. Maybe staying home with the kids really does lead to grander things than a successful career. Take note hardcore feminists.

Bountiful, UT

She got what most women couldn't get, ... stardome and like air, family is most common but still it is most valuable. The long and short of what I am trying to say is she made a bad trade, if indeed this was a trade.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Let's not forget that this is a trade that many men make as well. Just because you are the breadwinner in the family doesn't mean that you can't make time for your kids.

At the same time, many who regularly post comments on this website don't see similar value in motherhood if it's the poor. Then, let mom hold 2-3 jobs and still don't give her a break because the greatest good that she can do for her family is be a wage slave.

Family values are politically distorted on the right. The left may have many things wrong, but I think it's more honest about it.

cambodia girl
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

As a wise man once said, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." When all is said and done, family is the only thing that is lasting and can go with us after we leave this life. Relationships with our loved ones must be cared for. May each of us at this Christmas time, reach out to our family members that we have not talked to for awhile or even years and share the love we have for them.

Kaysville, UT

If you see some of the other papers or articles, she has a lot of regrets, which is sad for an educated person to say after falling and making the world more worldly in deeds and thoughts. She also regrets pushing, advocating and believing in the person for two elections she was the publicity agent for, Obama and Hillary.

Mr. Duck man gets kicked off for saying his mind and she goes into retirement after emphasizing the world. Good is bad and bad is good. It is hard for our children and grandchildren when the media is the whole world of this world advocating for everything in this world except the real blessings and joys, family and God.

Puyallup, WA

Walters changed my life or I changed my life when I read her book "How to talk to anyone about anything". I got out of my shy awkward shell and began to ask people about themselves and have good conversations! I never saw her on the View or her specials about interesting people, but that book helped me out!

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

I'd like to get the comments of Emily Eyring, the writer of this story.
Perhaps she was thinking that her article would invoke all sorts of "family first" comments.
Instead it became a critique of Walters' work.
Perhaps what we are trying to say is that pop culture isn't real so we can never tell if a celebrity is being candid.
We have been spun so much that we no longer believe what the stars say.

West Jordan, Ut

Well said Marxist. It truly is about family and it doesn't matter what other accolades one acquires, it is hollow without family. There are many who ache for family and because of circumstance do not have it, but sadder are those whose chose something materialistic instead. Let the holidays remind us of how important family is.

Orem, UT

It's all about balance. It is entirely possible to be a great mom or dad and still have a successful career. You don't have to quit your job and stay home with your kids all day in order to be a successful parent. But in today's highly competitive job market, you probably won't rise to the pinacle among your peers unless you devote all your energy toward your career.

Those who are the most successful at their career are generally the ones who sacrificed everything else in their lives for it. But that should not stop us from seeking a balanced life. Just tell yourself "I will devote X number of hours towards my career each week. If X is not enough to be the absolute best, but is enough to succeeed and still leaves plenty of time for other, more important things then I will be happy."

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Ogden, UT

I wondered what the topic would be when I heard that these two ladies were going to have a sit down.No I know.

Sandy, UT

Condoleezza Rice must be laughing of what Barbara Walter said of her regret. Rice may have no regret (I think) staying out of politics.

rodney k. smith

I posted this to facebook with the following observation: This is an interesting interview with Barbara Walters, whose greatest regret is that she did not have a larger family. Of all the gifts of God, which are so abundant, one of the greatest gifts is the opportunity to be part of an eternal family unit. As we gather as families, or if we are unable to do so for whatever reason, I am confident that we will feel much more fully the blessings of this wondrous season by reflecting on the most significant of all gifts -- the atonement -- and its centrality to the blessings of the next greatest gift, the gift of eternal families. Indeed, these gifts are so interconnected that it is no doubt an error on my part to rank them. Merry Christmas to all, including Barbara Walters, who made this wise and courageous, statement.


I suppose Walters will be retiring to the island paradise of Cuba where she can worship the Castro's in the collectivist society that she has always dreamed of.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Finally some positive comment from bungalow. What is this vitriol fro Barbara Walters? She is fascinating person in her own right whose success has benefited a great many people. Perfect? Perfect life, without regrets? No and nope. Like us all. Look at her life and career, consider, judge lightly... and look to one's self for improvement.

As to Hilary Clinton, it is very hard to imagine she doesn't become the next POTUS. There's been 20 years to vet her. Her husband has been treated very well by history and post-POTUS career. Both remain remarkably popular; arguably America forgives him and remains respectful of her. The idea of a former first lady becoming POTUS is fascinating and groundbreaking -- hard for the American people to resist. She has stayed active in the political arena; but carries little baggage.


I think "Missing Motherhood" is a misleading headline. When I read it, I thought Barbara did not have any children, but then I read she has one daughter. She regrets not having more children, but I think she clearly understands the importance of family. I respect that. I'm grateful I'm an active member of a faith that stresses the importance of family. But I hope I never judge someone of another faith who in the twilight of her life realizes her family may not be the "ideal" she hoped it would be. I may disagree with Barbara on her political views, but I commend her for working hard throughout her life in a worthwhile cause. I wish her a happy retirement.

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