10 Stars Who Strive to Keep Their Kids Humble Despite the Glamour
Imagine being born into a life of luxury, where every desire is handed to us on a silver platter. As dreamy as it may seem, in reality, this privilege can turn into misfortune in disguise. That’s why celebrities are committed to guiding their kids toward the path of perseverance, ensuring they remain grounded in the face of fame.
1. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Both Kutcher and Kunis hail from humble beginnings and have endured the hardships of growing up in poverty. However, despite having the means now, they are incredibly cautious about not spoiling their 2 children.
The actress said their parenting philosophy is to explain to their children from an early age that even though their parents have money, they themselves are not rich. “You’re very poor, you have nothing. Mommy and Daddy have a bank account,” she added.
2. Gordon Ramsay
The 56-year-old star chef and TV personality, who has 5 children, also refuses to spoil his offspring.
His children are not allowed to dine at his fancy restaurants. In his eyes, they should work for their pocket money and learn the value of hard work. Ramsay also openly admitted to making them fly economy, explaining, “They don’t sit with us in first class. They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that.”
3. Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
Married for 20 years now, the famous actress and her husband have 3 children. Roberts revealed her approach to parenting, and noted that “nothing is ’stronger than gentleness.’”
She explained, “I think some people confuse unconditional love with spoiling.” She then made it clear that this is not the case in her own household, saying, “None of my kids would think I have a problem with that distinction.”
4. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie, a mother of 6, emphasizes the importance of her children understanding that life is more than just luxury. In an interview, Jolie expressed that kindness tops her list of priorities when it comes to raising them. “It’s important to be humble—know the freedoms you have and what you’ve been blessed with and make sure you help others.”
The actress frequently involves her children in her charitable endeavors, taking them along to show what life is like outside the world of their own.
5. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Parker and Broderick are parents to a boy and 2 girls. The 58-year-old actress was raised in a hard-working average family, and revealed that she was never spoiled and even ’’starved for attention’’ as a child.
And even though her reality has changed a lot now, Parker had once opened up in an interview saying that her son ’’only wears hand-me-downs’’ from older nephews. She further explained, ’’I don’t think I’ve ever bought him any clothes. [...] I do buy him shoes, because everybody’s feet are different.’’
6. Elton John
Renowned musical icon Elton John and his husband are parents of 2 boys. Despite his past reputation for lavish spending, having children has completely transformed John’s perspective on life. He revealed that he does not intend to leave his children with great sums.
John acknowledged that his children’s lives are far from ordinary. But even so, he explained, “You have to have some semblance of normality, some respect for money, some respect for work.” Therefore, they will need to work hard to earn anything beyond the basic.
7. Daniel Craig
Craig’s children don’t have a license to inherit his cash. The James Bond star has two daughters—one with his wife, Rachel Weisz, and another named Ella from his previous marriage. He believes that they need to pave their own paths to success. The actor also suggested that he’d be happier to donate his money to good causes. “My philosophy is: get rid of it or give it away before you go.”
8. Bill Gates
He might be one of the richest men on the planet, but Bill Gates is determined to not shower his kids with his fortune. He believes that children who inherit large amounts of money and do not work for it likely won’t do well in the future. Therefore, his kids will end up with a relatively small part of his massive inheritance in order to avoid the possibility of “doing nothing” in the future.
9. Simon Cowell
The 63-year-old successful TV personality and entrepreneur who has an 8-year-old boy noted, “I don’t believe in passing on from one generation to another.” He explained, “I’m going to leave my money to somebody. A charity, probably—kids and dogs.”
10. Anderson Cooper
Born into a prominent New York City family, the famous news anchor shares his mother’s outlook on money and parenting. His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, inherited wealth but chose not to leave her son an inheritance, and Cooper plans to adopt a similar approach in raising his two sons. He said, “I’ll go with what my parents said [...] ’College will be paid for, and then you gotta get on it.’”
Like any other parents, these celebrities try their best to provide their children with support and guidance, nurturing them to become responsible and humble individuals with a genuine understanding of life.
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