15 Celeb Moms With Parenting Advice We Can Actually Use

Liz Alterman | Apr 13, 2017 Celebrity Moms
15 Celeb Moms With Parenting Advice We Can Actually Use
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Kate Middleton with George and Charlotte
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No matter how old our children might be, if we see or hear an insightful bit of parenting advice that we think will work with our own kids, we're pretty apt to steal it. It's true. Juggling a lot simultaneously, celebrity moms have to become masters at the art of parenting (often in the public eye!) -- so, of course, it's only natural that they'd have some tips and tricks up their oh-so-fashionable sleeves. And we've got the info to prove it...

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While most moms aren't eager to embrace unsolicited advice, if they happen to find a nugget of wisdom in someone else's parenting style, they may want to give a try with their own family. And while we would never recommend using celebrity advice for most things, some of our favorite famous moms do have advice that kind of makes sense. Believe it or not, celebrity moms have some of the same struggles as us regular moms -- they need to set rules and bedtimes, and get their kids to brush their teeth and eat their veggies. They just have to do it under the scrutiny of the public eye. 

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Check out how these 15 celebrity moms have tackled some of parenthood's challenges like the pros they are. 

  • Pink: Breastfeeding in Public


    Singer Pink, who recently welcomed her second child (seen here being breastfed on a hike) with Carey Hart, shared her thoughts on breastfeeding on the UK's The Alan Carr Chatty Man Show, back when she was nursing daughter Willow.

    "I think breastfeeding is healthy and natural, and it's a comfort to my baby, so I can give a sh*t what somebody else thinks. The first time we went out to a restaurant, there was a guy who walked by, I had a cover on ... and this guy walks by and was like 'Uughhh' -- he was just disgusted. I was like 'You didn't get enough hugs when you were little.' Carey said, 'You are starting fights in restaurants?' and I said 'I will ... I will fight, hold my baby.'"

    Can we get a table for one to watch that, please? And, yes, we will take the 'I will feed my baby how and when I want' advice any time.

  • Chrissy Teigen: Bath Time Trick


    Supermodel Chrissy Teigen isn't one to hold back when it comes to sharing snaps of her adorable daughter, Luna. In one Instagram photo, the hot mama shows her precious baby enjoying a bath. But what's that underneath her? A receiving blanket, of course. Lowering your baby into the bath while still swaddled can eliminate the shock of the water on bare newborn skin. This makes baby's bath time a pleasure from start to finish. 

  • Kristen Bell: How to Sleep In

    Kristen Bell

    When Kristen Bell chatted with CafeMom, the Frozen star shared that she and husband Dax Shepard take sleep so seriously they've put tin foil on their kids' windows and secured it with duct tape to keep daughters Lincoln and Delta asleep in the early morning hours. 

    Morning don't start until 7 a.m. in the Bell-Shepard household.

    "I'll gladly take puke on my shirt or any amount of intestinal issues over those early wake-up calls," Bell confided.

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  • Halle Berry: Seek Expert Advice

    Halle Berry
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    While on the 2017 Academy Awards red carpet, Halle Berry told Ryan Seacrest, "Every book that Michele Borba writes, I'm reading it."

    An internationally renowned consultant, educational psychologist, and recipient of the National Educator Award, Borba is the author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.

  • Michelle Obama: Practice Self-Care

    Michelle Obama
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    Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared her most valued parenting tip -- and it might sound simple, but it can be a challenge to follow: Lead by example.

    "I want my girls to see the model of a mother taking care of herself, because, quite frankly, my mother didn't do that," Michelle told online reporters, according to Black Enterprise

    We know so many moms who believe in the idea of putting on their own oxygen masks first, and it's great advice. 

  • Drew Barrymore: On Embarrassing the Kids


    Drew Barrymore, mom of daughters Frankie and Olive, is determined not to embarrass her girls -- because she's been there. 

    "My own mother, Jaid, wrote a book on sex, and it was the most mortifying feeling in the world," Barrymore told People. "So I know how a child feels when their parents put themselves out there too much, and I will never do that to my daughters. There are some things about your parents you just don't need to know."

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  • Blake Lively: Prepare for Surprises

    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, James, Walk of Fame
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    Former Gossip Girl star and mom of two Blake Lively knows that being a mom is full of surprises -- so be ready to be flexible!

    The stunning wife of Ryan Reynolds told the Los Angeles Times that motherhood is all about the unexpected.

    "Having a baby is just living in the constant unexpected," she said. "You never know when you're gonna get crapped on or when you're gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics. It might be like living with a drug addict. But you have a baby and you think, 'I can't imagine ever not having a baby,' because they grow up so quickly. I'd be an 80-year-old woman with a baby if I could."

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  • Kourtney Kardashian: Ditching Diaper Bag Drama

    Kourtney Kardashian
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    The reality star and mom of three had some great advice for new moms who are often critical of themselves.

    "Don't worry if your diaper bag isn't perfectly packed with all the things you need," she told The New Potato, adding, "As time went on, I started to just leave the house without it. I would bring the essentials or just throw a couple things in my purse instead of this huge thing, with blankets and extra sweaters. I was like, 'Let's just live life and not carry a million things around.'"

    Amen, Kourtney!

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  • Megan Fox: Limiting Screen Time

    Megan Fox
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    The mom of three and star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles believes in limiting her kids' screen time. In 2016 she told E! News

    "Noah is too young and I try to keep them from television and movies for the most part. I think any sort of screen -- whether it's television, iPad, or iPhone -- is really bad for their brain development so I try to remove that from their lives and I also want to deter them from ever being on social media because I think it's detrimental to a child's self-esteem. I have lots of opinions on this."

    Fox's goal is an admirable one, but it can be really challenging for parents who crave a child-free moment to shower or make dinner and need to know that little ones are happily occupied. But if she can accomplish it all without screens, we bow down to her.

  • Kate Middleton: Value of Eye Contact

    Kate Middleton, George, and Charlotte
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    How many times have we seen the statuesque Kate Middleton kneel down to talk with her son George or daughter Charlotte? Prince William does it as well. This form of "active listening" makes kids understand that what they're saying really matters to Mom and Dad and, in turn, it boosts self-esteem and encourages communication, according to experts.

  • Ayesha Curry: Dinner Time Showdowns

    Stephen and Ayesha Curry

    CafeMom spoke with Ayesha Curry about getting kids to sit down and eat what's been served to them.

    "It's hard sometimes," she says. "But [my daughter] knows she can't get up from the table until she finishes her spinach."

    Sure, you may be engaged in an "I'm not eating that!" standoff for a few nights, Curry jokes, but eventually your child will realize you mean business.

    "I think it works. Just like the cry-it-out method with a new baby. They cry a little less each night and then it's fine," she explained.

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  • Jennifer Lopez: School Comes First

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    Jenny From the Block isn't playing when it comes to taking school seriously. She told E! News that her kids' screen time is virtually nonexistent during the week:

    "And Sunday Funday, they work towards that because they don't get to use their iPads during the week," she shared. "Or play video games or anything because it's school time. And they have to be good in school and then they get Sunday Funday. It's something I made up so they could work towards it and behave!" 

  • Katherine Heigl: White Noise

    Katherine Heigl

    Sleep is also important to former Grey's Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl. Her trick to keeping the little ones napping? White noise.

    "We use a big standing fan," the mom of three once told People. "We put it on high wattage to drown out everything. [My daughter's] bedroom is right over the kitchen and living room area so you can really hear us down there when we are watching TV. My mother taught me that. She said she used to leave a vacuum running in the baby's room and it really works."

  • Kelly Clarkson: Parent vs. Pal

    Kelly Clarkson
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    The very first American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is a mom of two and a stepmom of two. But when it comes to all her kids, she shared with CafeMom that she's a parent first and a friend second:

    "I'm not a friend to them. I'm their mother, which is key," she said, adding that any time her stepdaughter asks for advice, she's super-honest. "I think a thing that can get confusing or inconsistent is when mothers, especially, try to be girlfriends to their daughters, instead of moms. They can have girlfriends already. Sometimes you have to say 'no,' and that's because you should, and not because you're not 'the cool mom.' And it's hard. It's definitely hard molding a life."

  • Madonna: Talking About Drugs & Alcohol

    Lourdes and Madonna
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    In a taping of The Jonathan Ross Show, Madonna shared her thoughts on raising kids who will undoubtedly be curious about dabbling in drugs and alcohol:

    I am not a big fan of drugs. They just don't suit me. The handful of times I have tried drugs, many, many, many, many years ago, I just didn't enjoy it. I wanted it out of me. I started guzzling bottles of water thinking that was going to end it ... I just ask my daughter [Lourdes] to make wise decisions and to do things in moderation and to try not to mix her alcohol. I am not going to say, 'No, don't do it,' because that is just absurd. And it is not fair. Yeah, I did it.

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    Of course, Lourdes is older (and different parents have different rules), but we love the idea of open and honest communication -- no matter what age!

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