10 Eyebrow-Raising Rules That Celebs Use With Their Kids
People say you’re never really ready to become a parent and it’s true — it can be way harder than we expected. Some of us learn as we go, while the rest learn from other people’s mistakes or follow instructions from professionals. Celebrities, no matter how rich and stress-free we might believe they are, still face the challenges that come up when raising a tiny baby into a grown adult.
Bright Side wanted to know what unconventional or interesting rules celebrities apply over the course of their parenting journey. And we found 10 that we believe are worth sharing — we’d love to hear which one of these you’d like to try.
1. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore, the actress/producer/businesswoman, rose to fame at the young age of 6. Mother of 2 daughters, 9 and 7 years old, Drew is very vocal about not allowing her kids to become actors, at least while they’re minors. She’d rather let them enjoy childhood and not be in the spotlight.
2. Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen has 2 children with Tom Brady and the couple has a “no diaper rule” where, instead of using traditional diapers, whether cloth or disposable ones, they choose something called “natural infant hygiene” or “elimination communication.” In short, the actress carried her baby through the house and kept a close eye on their body signals — when it was time to go potty, she’d hold them over the toilet. One of the benefits of this rule is that Benjamin, one of their kids, was potty trained at 6-months old.
3. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson, a mother of 3, mentioned that raising girls is totally different than raising boys. For her youngest daughter, she’s trying something she called a “genderless approach.” The actress added that “Not all girls want to be a princess, some want to be king. And that’s fine by me!”
4. Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone, iconic for her role in Clueless, wrote on her blog that she practices mouth-feeding with her baby — by pre-chewing her kids’ food. “I fed Bear a tiny bit of veggies from the soup, from my mouth to his. He literally crawls across the room if I’m eating.”
5. Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette believes it’s kids that decide when it’s time to wean. The singer, who uses the attachment parenting approach, stated that if the kids want to be breastfed until they reach the age of 6, she will not have anything against it.
6. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet, a mother of 3, has banned all forms of social media in her house. “It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them.” Moreover, the actress also believes divorce can be good for children because it teaches them how to struggle.
7. Will and Jada Smith
The Smiths had one rule in their household and that is there are “No Rules.” Jada and Will Smith gave their children “as much control over their lives as possible.” When they were really young they practiced, “The circle of safety,” where the kids could come clean and share anything they did, no matter how bad it might be considered, without receiving any negative consequences.
8. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum used to bribe her children in exchange for eating healthy. “Some of the kids didn’t love the smoothies I used to make every morning so I decided to pay them $1 if they’d finish their drink.” All of the money they got went toward their own piggy bank.
9. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell locked her daughter in her room at night, who would refuse to go to sleep. “We lock it when she gets in there, and we stand outside and say, ’We love you, we will talk to you in the morning, but now, it’s time for sleep.’ And after about 10 minutes, she’ll wind herself down. And then, before we go to bed, obviously, we unlock it.”
10. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie shared that one of the things she doesn’t ever do is cry in front of her kids. “I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”
Have your parents ever cried in front of you? Do you think we, as parents, try to raise our kids to achieve our own dreams that we haven’t turned into reality? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.