Who do you turn to for parenting advice? Your mother, your friends or other
family members? Take a look at our list of 5 celebrities and their top parenting
Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie and her longtime love Brad Pitt
are parents to six kids! And although they have such a big brood, their 5-year-
old sure knows how to make headlines with her tomboy image!
Angelina has said that Shiloh is “fascinating,” and elaborated on the fact that her
daughter dresses “like a little dude”.
“I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not,” Angelina said. “I think that is just bad parenting. Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth.”
Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes and husband, Tom Cruise, have a 5-year-old fashionista on their hands! Katie came clean about Suri’s lack of weather-appropriate attire, admitting it can be “embarrassing.”
“Recently, Suri and I were taking a walk and a fight got started because it was cold outside and she didn’t want to wear her coat,” Katie said. “My philosophy is, well,fine, because after a block of walking you’re going to ask me for your coat. So the pictures of her [without a coat in cold weather] are sort of embarrassing.”
Jennifer Garner welcomed her third child, son Samuel, earlier this week with
husband Ben Affleck. She is one of our favorite celebrity moms year after
year, and when she talks about role modeling for her daughters Violet, 6, and
Seraphina, 3, it’s easy to see why she gets the popular vote.
“I try really hard to put my phone down [ever since] my daughter pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, ‘I’ve got an email – hang on one second,’” Jen said.
The Alias alum went on to encourage mothers to stop judging one another, and
start supporting each other.
“I will tell you what I can’t abide – and I think the Internet has really created a space for it – women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers,” Jen shared. “It just makes me crazy, whether it’s between staying at home, going to work, how long you breast-feed, if you use formula. I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down. I would just like to see a mother who really believes that she has done it all so right, you know what I mean?”
Michael J. Fox
While Michael J. Fox was once best known for his Back to the Future films, he is
now widely known as an advocate for Parkinson’s Disease, a condition he was
diagnosed with in 1991. The father-of-four often speaks out on the importance of family.
“Always be available to your kids,” Michael advised. “Because if you say, ‘Give
me five minutes, give me ten minutes,’ it’ll be 15, it’ll be 20. And then when you
get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they wanted to share with
you. I’ve never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me
and not been rewarded.”
Trainspotting star and father-of-four Ewan McGregor shared some advice about living in the moment with your children, and being fully present with them.
“Pay attention: I recognize it can be boring to play with young children – to tell a
story over and over again, let’s say – but the secret is being there,” Ewan said. “If you’ve made a decision to play with your children, then play with them. Don’t be looking through papers on your desk or sneaking off to the computer. Turn off your BlackBerry. Lose yourself in their world. Even if you do it for a short time, it will mean a lot to you and to them.”
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