Parenting Advice From Famous Mums And Dads
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, parenting is the job that ground us all. Here’s the best pieces of advice and most relatable moments from famous parents.
He may have been the most powerful man in the world at one time but even then former President Barack Obama took on fatherhood as his most important role.
“As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well — but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.”
Her social media posts are hilarious and relatable but when it comes to being a mum in the public eye, Chrissy Teigen won’t stand for being judged.
“I despise mommy shamers. I am a shamer of mommy shamers.”
Check out all her fun tweets if you need a dose of parenting reality.
One of the joys of parenting is that your kids will always keep you grounded, even when you’re a famous actress.
“I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real.”
Even celebrities sometimes ask themselves if they can truly ‘have it all’. Here’s fashionista Victoria Beckham’s opinion on being a working mum:
“I think as a parent you're constantly questioning, ‘Am I doing the right thing?’”
“You know, we're tough on ourselves, especially when you're a working mum, you're very tough on yourself. So when you see that your kids are turning out to be really good, kind, happy human beings, you know, what more could you ask for really?”
With two royal bundles of joy already in her life, and a third on the way you wouldn’t imagine Princess Catherine would have a relatable parenting life. And yet her advice is applicable to all mothers:
“There is no rule book, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family,”
“For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with our very mental health.”
His main advice? Parenting is unpredictable so enjoy the ride.
"The one piece of advice I would say is: Don't listen to any advice, because there's nothing you can do to prepare for it."
Growing up is hard, finding your identity is even harder. But as Will Smith advises the only way to help your children through is to give them free reign to be who they want and support them all the way.
“The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible… So when they do things — and you know, Jaden, he’s done things — you can do anything you want as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life.”
Moulin Rouge star, Ewan McGregor, knows a thing or two about getting lost in another world. He wants parents to be present with their kids and lose their adult brain for a while.
"I recognise 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."
She was a rebel herself so it’s no wonder Angelina Jolie’s most important advice is to let her kids be themselves.
“I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting…”
You might think that their access to nannies and the latest baby equipment will totally change how parenting is for famous families. But by the looks of things we’re all in the same boat, taking it one wave at a time.