13 Celebrity Parents Shared the Unusual Tips That Work for Them
The parenting journey is not an easy one, and what’s interesting, it’s always different for all people with kids, including celebrities. Fame might make the whole process quite tricky, that’s why some A-listers have come up with several unusual tricks. However, some of them can still be used by others, so let’s check them out.
1. Sarah Michelle Gellar
A lot of kids are picky eaters. They select their meals based on color, texture, and presentation before even trying them. This is how Sarah Michelle Gellar came up with a clever solution to end food waste at home. She made her children pay, from their allowance, for the food they asked for but didn’t eat.
2. Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed
While pregnant, the actress revealed that she and her husband, actor Ian Somerhalder, are planning “one month of silence” after the baby is born. She explained, “We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves.” Reed added, “Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate.”
3. Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik believes that kids should progress in their own way and pace in learning politeness, as they generally know what works best for them. “I don’t tell them to say ’please’ or thank you,’” the actress explained.
Although she doesn’t directly teach them how to be polite, she models their manners. “My husband and I would say ’water please’ when our sons needed water, and we would say ’thank you’ when they got it. This taught them how society functions without us forcing it down their throats.”
4. Chrissy Teigen
Some babies enjoy bath time, but others do not. Among Chrissy Teigen’s many effective parenting hacks is bathing your little one with a swaddle blanket. This trick will soothe a cranky baby who might not feel like bathing at that moment.
5. Alicia Silverstone
The 45-year-old actress has an 11-year-old son and swears by attachment parenting, which she defines as “getting back to basics and doing away with excess.” When her son was 10-months-old, Silverstone admitted to pre-chewing his food and loving it, saying “from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite... and mine.”
Furthermore, the doting mom explained that attachment parenting is so necessary in helping the child ’’develop a sense of belonging in the universe.’’ She also noted, ’’You are your baby’s food, solace, entertainment, transportation, and education, and all of that brings you and your baby closer together.’’
6. Blake Lively
Blake Lively enjoys the idea of placing a comment box at home, like the ones we always find at restaurants and hotels. This way, her kids have a way to place their suggestions anonymously about what they like, what they don’t, and what improvement they want to see in the household.
7. Jessica Alba
Create a routine for your kids. Jessica Alba loves rituals since they make life easier and more organized. Especially when school starts, routines become an essential part of her kids’ days. In the evening, they all should put their electronics away, take a bath, or put some calming music on so everything is ready in the morning.
8. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore started acting when she was just 7 years old, but unlike her, she won’t let her daughters pursue this career right now. “I’m not going to let them be kid actors. That’s so not their journey,” said Barrymore.
She doesn’t want to push them into the world herself, but rather, let them explore their true passions. However, if their dream is to become actors later in life, she will be supportive of it.
9. Gwen Stefani
The 52-year-old singer is mom to 3 boys. In 2011, when her middle child was 3-years-old, Stefani revealed that she doesn’t like to miss a chance to co-sleep together. She explained, “I don’t want to look back and say, ’Oh my God, I didn’t sleep with Zuma that time because I was too tired,’ so I’ll just snuggle up with him tonight.”
10. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum lets her kids dress themselves in whatever they want as long as they behave and perform well at school. This way, her kids can find their own style. Although she might not always like it, she still respects her kids’ decisions.
She explains, “If we go to a restaurant, they like to dress up. They just hobble on their little heels for 20 steps from the car to the restaurant. As long as they’re good kids and they get good grades, they can wear what they want to wear.”
11. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is anything but strict with her children. However, she does believe that structure is very important, but in the most lenient way possible.
Witherspoon balances praise and discipline in a humble way, and is highly against humiliating her children in front of their friends. “I give each of the kids $5 when we go to the farmer’s market on the weekends. They can buy something, save it, or spend part of it and save the rest.”
The 42-year-old singer-songwriter is mom to a boy and a girl. She is very outspoken about the benefits of attachment parenting, saying ’’I support attachment parenting 100%... And have a very happy and healthy little girl to show for it.’’ And speaking about breastfeeding, she declared, “It’s time we support what’s healthy instead of judge it.”
13. Will Smith
Will Smith gives his children freedom of expression and accepts them for who they are. For instance, his reaction to his son’s interest in women’s clothes was more than balanced. Smith highlights that the most common mistake parents make is fitting a child into a mold.
He says, “I feel like a lot of times, when I was growing up, I would see parents force a child to be what you want them to be. As a parent, if it’s an oak tree, I want it to grow as an oak tree. I’m not going to try to force it to be an apple tree.”
What parenting tips do you have that would sound unusual to others? Let us know in the comments!