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10 Celebrity Parents Who Make Sure Their Kids Know a Thing or 2 About Rules

It’s easy to assume that the children of famous parents live in a world of permissiveness and freedom. But in some famous families, parental control and upbringing are the highest priorities. Prominent mothers and fathers try to teach their children discipline and respect just like parents in ordinary families, and sometimes the rules and limits in their families are quite strict.

Bright Side has collected 10 examples of celebrity parents who can’t be accused of being too soft.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

These young parents try hard to bring up their 2 children correctly. They try so much that this year they decided to completely refuse Christmas presents to teach their children to appreciate what they have and to rejoice in the holiday, not things. The actors asked their close ones to refrain from giving presents to support their new tradition.


The scandalous singer, who brought the world the book Sex, turned out to be a prudish mom. There is a long list of rules for her 6 children. For example, Madonna banned her eldest daughter, Lourdes, from dating until she’s 18. Moreover, TV, junk food, and magazines are completely banned in her house, and clothes left on the floor go directly into the trash bin.

Cate Blanchett

The owner of 2 Oscars and mother of 4 children admits that she is the "bad cop" parent. She believes it is more important to be a good mother than a friend to her children. Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, think that if you try and make your children like you, you’re in dangerous waters.

Victoria and David Beckham

The ex-footballer and ex-ladies’ man together with the popular singer suddenly became the stronghold of ideal family values. Their 4 children are said to be models of a British upbringing: they don’t get into trouble, they always say “Please“ and ”Thank you," and they demonstrate great manners.

Denzel and Pauletta Washington

The Oscar-winning actor seems to be one of the strictest celebrity parents. The actor already has 4 adult children, and since none of them have ever been noticed even in a tiny scandal, we can assume that the Washingtons have done a great job. Not only did they have a list of strict rules but the children also had to appeal to their parents using the words “ma’am“ and ”sir." Of course, the children had to be extremely respectful to their parents as well.

Jessica Alba

Celebrity children also stand in the corner. In early childhood, when Jessica Alba’s daughters quarreled and snatched things from each other, their punishment was standing in the corner. Their patience would last for a couple of minutes, but putting their nose against the wall for 2 minutes seemed like an eternity.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Not only does the Oscar-winning actress and lifestyle guru keep a strict diet but she also enforces a strict low-carb, gluten-free diet for the whole family. The actress admits that sometimes they’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs, and her children often complain about it. We wonder what a childhood without pasta, pizza, chips, and cakes is like.

Jennifer Lopez

There is a strict rule in the family of this singer: entertainment must be earned. To get permission to watch TV and play with gadgets, the twins must behave and study well during the week.

Megan Fox

It seems that a TV ban is a very popular rule in Hollywood families. However, the star of Transformers went further: in her family, TV, tablets, computer games, and internet access are banned completely for the children. Only sometimes are they allowed to watch movies or cartoons.

Julia Roberts

There is a list of rules to be followed by the 3 children of one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. And the strictest one is the ban on junk food and sugar. Ice cream and cookies are allowed only on special occasions.

Please note: This article was updated in April 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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