Savvy Parenting Tips From Celebrity Mums (That Every Mum Should Know)
It’s been said to expect the unexpected when it comes to parenting—and truer words have never been spoken. Those of us who have never been parents can only imagine what the trials and tribulations of motherhood are. Our favourite celebrity mums may not be trained professionals, but that doesn’t mean they can’t shed some valuable light on their most challenging role yet.
Ahead, learn how stars like Reese Witherspoon, Victroria Beckham, and more juggle their acting careers with their mummy duties.
“We don’t have any live-in help. We’re pretty hands-on parents,” Parker told Vogue. "That’s something that’s important to both of us, and we don’t shirk it, because what’s the point in having a family if you’re not going to really participate in it, you know?”
“No one feels 100% confident as a parent. We are all just trying our best,” Witherspoon told Cricket’s Circle. “As long as you are always trying to be better at it—reading parenting blogs in the bath, swapping stories with other moms during a yoga class, Googling how to talk about puberty with your preteen—you are doing a good job.”
“With my family, I’m trying to raise them to have respect for all people and make friends around the world and feel at home with the world and really live a truly global [life], because I think it’s what forms them and it’s really important to me,” Jolie told Starpulse.com.
“You know how they say on the plane you have to put your oxygen mask on first and then put it on your child? [When it comes to parenting,] I think it is the same, as a mum, to take care of myself [first],” Bündchen told The Sunday Times. “You can feel a bit guilty, but if I put my oxygen mask on first, if I’m feeling fulfilled and present and good about myself, then I’m going to be a much more patient, loving, understanding mother and wife. You have to fill your glass so that everyone can drink from it. That’s how I feel.”
“I’m a big believer that children should be able to express their individuality, and this is how they learn to do that—by dressing themselves, by picking things that they like—but at the same time, every parent has their rules of what’s appropriate,” Gellar told us.
“Being in a position where they live such a privileged life, it is important that our children understand humility, that they appreciate how their parents have worked very hard to create this life for the family, and that they, too, have a responsibility to work hard, be respectful, and never, ever take anything for granted,” Beckham told Time.