Mindy Kaling gave her kids “classic” names so they wouldn’t be “furious” with her when they got older.
The 41-year-old actress is mother to Katherine Swati, three, and Spencer Avu, three months, and she chose their monikers in tribute to Hollywood legends Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy but admitted she wouldn’t have “trusted [her] judgement” with more unconventional choices.
She told People magazine: “I don't trust my own judgment with those kinds of names.
"If I name my son River, that connotes a certain kind of person who is very go with the flow, artsy. But what if he's not like that at all? Will he be furious with me?
"I just tried to pick classic names that felt like they would have to work really hard to get mad at me about later.”
The Mindy Project star hasn’t yet noticed any significant differences in having a son compared to a daughter, except for the fact baby boy’s clothes are “the pits”.
She moaned: “As someone who loves baby clothes, the options for boys are really the pits compared to girls.
“With girls, they can be sporty, they can be princess-y, they can be so many different things. But for a boy, you can only dress them like a Waspy 40-year-old wearing an anchor T-shirt, like Robert Redford in 1972."
Mindy has had some support from her “wonderful” baby nurse Rose, who offers “great theories and tireless energy with a crying newborn”, she admitted parenting alone during the coronavirus pandemic has been tough.
She said: “Honestly, the hardest part is entertaining them.
"My daughter is going to preschool on Zoom and having sat with her through those Zooms and having gotten the curriculum that I was supposed to be teaching her at home, teachers should get paid like a billion dollars a week!
"It's hard enough to just teach in an effective way, but then to do it with these tiny children and keep them entertained — forget it!
“I think every mother who works is having the same realisation through the pandemic that teachers should get paid like six figures.”— BANG