Celebrity parents are always sounding off on their children and their role as parents… some more than others. Angelina Jolie‘s latest promotional tour for her film, Salt included her opening up to every major news source about intimate details of her family, which included her opinions on the widely speculated fashion choices made by her biological daughter, Shiloh, with partner Brad Pitt.
Jolie is constantly dispensing personal facts about her home life that make many of us scratch our heads in confusion. Meanwhile, other celebrity parents also offer up good, bad or questionable advice when it comes to mommy or daddy duty.
Click below to read the advice several famous moms and dads suggest when it comes to child-rearing. Some of their insight is spot-on, while some of it is downright cuckoo or questionable!
- Angelina Jolie
In her latest round of interviews, Jolie continues to give the world a glimpse into the private goings-on of her childrens’ lives. She shares that she thinks her daughter Shiloh, 4, is “fascinating,” and elaborates on the fact that her daughter dresses “like a little dude” saying,
I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting…. Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth.
- Katie Holmes
The starlet and partner Tom Cruise seem to give daughter Suri free reign when it comes to making some important decisions. Holmes shares,
…we homeschool Suri—she has a teacher who is with her every day. We like the one-on-one education. I’m happy that my daughter is strong-willed and determined. You really have to go with what the child is wanting.
Holmes also admitted that she takes fashion advice from her little girl, and that she lets her cut up her clothing if she feels it would be more stylish that way.
Famous papa Tom Cruise adds,
Listen, I believe that she (should wear) whatever she wants to wear. She dresses herself. I want to encourage her creativity and her own self-expression. I think that’s important for the child’s own identity.
- Gisele Bundchen
The world was up in arms over Gisele’s declaration that breastfeeding should be made
mandatory by law. The supermodel said,
Some people here (in the US) think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.
She also did a huge disservice to women everywhere by claiming natural birth “didn’t hurt in the slightest.”
Perhaps the new mom should be more seen than heard.
- Helena Christensen
Model mom Helena Christensen takes a much more neutral approach when it comes to dispensing parenting advice. She says,
I don’t know how to give advice. When you have a child, you learn something new every day and I couldn’t give any precise rules because there aren’t any. Every child is different. You’re different. I worried a lot when I had Mingus; the responsibility is so heavy if you think about it. If you think too much about it, it drives you crazy, so just let it happen. All [kids] really want is love and routine and a good night’s sleep and delicious food. He certainly complains if there’s not enough garlic in the food.
- Bethenny Frankel
Reality star Bethenny Frankel gives the following advice even though her tiny postpartum figure suggests otherwise,
Sleep while the baby’s sleeping! Sleep is way more important than exercise, that’s all you need to be worried about right now.
She also adds that parents should follow their own instincts sharing,
The truth is I didn’t listen to that much advice while I was pregnant or after because everyone has an opinion and you want to experience it on your own.
- Amy Wilson
Actress Amy Wilson wants moms to know it’s okay to take time out for themselves. She says,
I’ve also learned that a happy mom is a fulfilled one. When I’m writing, or acting, or doing these other things that I love, I’m so fulfilled– and I’m therefore a happier, more patient mother at home. Being a martyr and giving up one hundred percent of yourself won’t impress your family; they won’t even notice– at least until you lose your mind because you’re tired of being walked all over. It’s okay to set some time aside to be the person you used to be before you were a mother. It doesn’t have to mean you’re selfish. I think you can actually be a better mother for it.
- Ewan McGregor
Hot dad Ewan McGregor has some beautiful advice to share about living in the moment with your children, and being fully present with them. He says,
Pay attention: I recognize it can be boring to play with young children – to tell a story over and over again, let’s say – but the secret is being there. If you’ve made a decision to play with your children, then play with them. Don’t be looking through papers on your desk or sneaking off to the computer. Turn off your BlackBerry. Lose yourself in their world. Even if you do it for a short time, it will mean a lot to you and to them.
- Rebecca Romijn
Rebecca Romijn‘s twins certainly keep her busy and on her toes. The statuesque star is often quoted describing parenting as the hard work it is. With regard to advice she says,
…do I have advice yet? I don’t know, I feel like I’m so in the trenches that it’s hard to dole out advice yet. I guess just to try and keep a sense of humor about everything. It’s really easy to get bogged down. You can’t even think straight half the time. I hope that once they start talking, that’s when I hope to cobwebs will start to clear from my head.
The model turned actress adds,
“Actually the best advice I can give to parents of twins is to make time alone with your partner and make sure that’s a priority.”
- Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is one of the most hands-on celebrity dads we know. So when he shared his parenting tips, we were all ears. He offers,
First of all, you gotta run [the kids] around before the bath. Play a game of hide and seek or wrestle or muck around. Then they’re exhausted. Then we all fall asleep on the bed!
- Milla Jovovich
Model/actress Milla Jovovich wants to make certain her daughter, Ever will always be close to her. To accomplish this the mom suggests,
You’ve got to know your kids like the back of your hand and make sure they’re honest with you and not scared to tell you things. I know when Ever goes to school I’ll be letting my little bird go, but I just want to make sure she tells me everything that happened, good or bad.
- Lori Loughlin
Actress Lori Loughlin calls upon her own mother for parenting advice. With regard to parenting she suggests,
I would say you have to take one day at a time, and do the best job that you can. Love your children, and at the end of the day, don’t beat yourself up. As my mother said, in spite of it all, “they will grow up, they will go on, and they will survive.” I still call her for parenting advice.
- Alec Baldwin
Although actor Alec Baldwin is as famous for his fatherhood blunders (calling his daughter Ireland, with Kim Basinger a “pig”) as he is for his acting career, the star is writing a parenting book. He admits the irony and explains the foundation of his book saying,
It will be ironic for some people, but I’m going to write a parenting book. We’re at, not a crisis, but an awful place right now in terms of parenting. People are raising their children with the belief that we need to be friends with our children. Kids have too much power and call too many of the shots, telling their parents what they will and won’t do.
- Janet Lansbury
Actress Janet Lansbury offers some great parenting advice when it comes to respecting and honoring your children from infancy onward. With regard to infants she says,
Pay real attention to your babies when you are feeding, diapering and bathing them. Don’t be on the phone while you’re nursing. Talk to babies about what you are doing together. Include them. Then, when they are peacefully looking off at a corner of the room, don’t interrupt. Those periods when a baby is involved in thought will stretch longer and longer and will be the beginning of the independent playtime you will want to cultivate.
Which celebrity parents do you think are doing an amazing, poor or questionable job raising their children?