14 Celebrities Who Decided to Unveil Their Curious Child-Rearing Secrets
Parenting is a very complex subject that requires a lot of work and effort. When it comes to teaching and raising children, every parent has their own beliefs or methods, and rules really aren’t everything. The most important thing is to raise self-sufficient and happy children, and for that, some celebrities have their own secrets, even if they may seem a bit strange.
1. Blake Lively created a suggestion box for her daughters.
The beautiful Gossip Girl star understands the importance of allowing her daughters to express themselves. That’s why she has declared that she will implement a comment and suggestion box in her home so that her daughters can fearlessly leave some constructive criticism as soon as they get a little older. The actress also says she is trying to convince her sister to do the same thing at home.
2. Kristen Bell teaches her children the importance of safety in the car.
The actress has a phrase to keep her children safe when they get out of the car: “Hands on the circle.” According to a post on her social media, the circle is the gas cap and the method was her sister-in-law’s idea. This way, her children are out of reach of oncoming cars while she takes things out from the trunk.
3. Jada Pinkett Smith believes in the importance of freedom and personal space.
The Smith family has always been known for establishing family dynamics with a lot of freedom and a sense of personal space. Jada and Will have raised their children with respect for their choices, especially when it comes to their rooms, their clothes, and, in general, their personal belongings. The actress and her husband, Will Smith, have created a safe space where Willow and Jaden can “be free to be who they are.”
4. Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her kids pay for what they waste.
The actress shared that her daughter had a habit of asking for a glass of milk and then just leaving it, without drinking it at all. Sarah came up with a great solution to teach her a lesson about how bad it is to waste: “I told her that every time she’d ask me for a cup of milk and not drink it, I would take a quarter out of her piggy bank. Someone has to pay for that milk.”
5. Jack Nicholson is a firm believer in showing unconditional love.
The Hollywood legend has 5 children and extensive experience in parenting. The actor assures that his best quality as a father is to show unconditional love to his children, listen to their problems, and try to give them solutions from his experience.
6. Drew Barrymore created a calendar for her little ones.
After her daughter Olive showed some uncertainty about the times Drew would return home, the actress decided to use a calendar. This way, her children are informed about her work schedule and aware of where their mother will be during the day. The Charlie’s Angels star tries to create a stable routine for her little ones, despite the craziness of her acting career.
7. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher don’t like to bathe their children too much.
The truth is that Mila had a very humble childhood and has revealed that she did not always have access to hot water. Thanks to the complicated life lessons, the actress and her husband are determined to teach their children the importance of life without luxuries and excess. As for bathing, they firmly believe that it is not necessary to bathe their children every day or waste water.
In an interview, they stated that they limit themselves to bathing them when they are dirty, and the rest of the days they simply clean them. In fact, health experts support them and have confirmed that bathing little ones every day is not good for their health and can dry out their skin.
8. Busy Philipps relies on sisterly relationships for good behavior.
Busy has 2 daughters, Birdie and Cricket, and has confessed that she sometimes takes advantage of the natural sibling rivalry to get them to behave. “I’m like, ‘I feel like Cricket’s going to finish her broccoli first,’ and then Birdie’s like, ‘I can finish it first,’” the actress revealed in an interview. Perhaps the method is a bit dubious, but we must admit that it has some advantages.
9. Dwayne Johnson sets age-appropriate goals for his daughters.
The star has stated that he has set some age goals as his daughters have grown up and gave an example of that. “By 5, you’ll be looking people in the eye when you firmly shake their hand. By 8, you’ll know how to fish, drive Daddy’s pick-up truck, and do cardio. And by 10, you’ll be able to directly say to people, ‘Great job, I like it a lot, but let’s see how we can make it better,’” explained the actor.
10. Clint Eastwood believes parents should learn from their children.
The American actor and director has 8 children, and some of them are following in his footsteps in the movies. His main advice to parents is to keep their humility. Clint believes that parents can also learn a lot from their children and make way for new things in their lives. “This is the secret of life, really, never stop learning,” the star said.
11. Pink practices absolute honesty.
As for parenting, the singer is convinced that honesty is the way to prepare her children for the real world. In an interview, she revealed more about communicating with her daughter: “I let her be 6, but I want her to know about fairness and kindness, and that you have to fight for your rights, and that sometimes girls aren’t paid as much as boys for the same job, and girls aren’t treated the same and that they have to work harder for everything.”
12. Beyoncé teaches her children to change the world.
The star claims that we should not belittle or dismiss the feelings and thoughts of our children. Beyoncé tries to listen to the ideas of her daughter, Blue Ivy, and her twins, Rumi and Sir, encouraging them to always strive to generate a positive impact: “I let my children know that they are never too young to contribute to changing the world.”
There is no doubt that she has done an excellent job, as her eldest daughter already knows the importance of effort and has received several awards at a young age.
13. Gisele Bündchen puts breast milk in her kids’ eyes.
The supermodel who has a daughter and a son is a big nursing advocate. She once shared, “My kids never got sick when I was breastfeeding.”
She also uses breast milk for various other purposes. She revealed, “If they had something in their eyes, I’d put breast milk in their eyes.” She then added, “Before their flight, I would get a dropper and put milk up their nose ... to [ward off] the bacteria on the plane.”
14. Julia Roberts forbids her children from using social media.
Julia Roberts has revealed practicing strict parenting techniques, mentioning that she forbids her 3 children from using social media and restricts the amount of TV they watch. “I try to keep them off social media because I don’t really understand what they need that for right now,” she said.
Do you know any other secrets that would be useful for moms and dads? Tell us what you think is the most important thing when it comes to the education of children.