We live in a culture where celebrities are often treated like a higher life form. People are fascinated with what they wear, who they’re dating, what they Tweet, and much more than they really have the right to know. What we should all do is take a step back and realize that at the end of the day, they’re human. They may have a lot more money and they may wear some very fancy pants, but they put those pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. A truly universal phenomenon is parenting and we all ride that roller coaster together. They have kids that are moody, have tantrums, get too hungry, too sleepy, run here, fall there, and all that jazz. So, what advice do these ‘normal’ celebrity folks have to give for dealing with the ups and downs of parenthood? Do their perspectives differ that much from our own? Probably in some circumstances, but today we’re sharing parenting advice from celebrities that’s actually really smart. See what you think!
- “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” Tina Fey
- “Kids need to learn to delay gratification — life isn’t about getting everything you want exactly when you want it. When I say no to something and my kids have a great attitude about it, they end up getting whatever I’m refusing way sooner than they think!” Angela Bassett
- “I keep remembering those lines from South Pacific: ‘You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late. Before you are 6 or 7 or 8, to hate all the people your relatives hate. You’ve got to be carefully taught.’ In these days, with so many different kinds of families and ethnic groups, the best thing you can teach your children is tolerance, acceptance, and compassion. If they learn these qualities–and a parent must be the example–life will be easier and fuller. It is also a good idea not to throw the cat out the window.” Barbara Walters
- “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. 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.” Ewan McGregor
- “Showing your children how to properly shake a person’s hand, look someone in the eye, and be polite to everyone will help them now and later in life. As the old Head and Shoulders commercial goes, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ and I really think that’s true!” Katie Couric
- “Always be available to your kids. 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.” Michael J. Fox
- “I try really hard to put my phone down [ever since] my daughter [Violet] pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, ‘I’ve got an e-mail — hang on one second.’” Jennifer Garner
- “Family dinners are a tradition we’ve instituted at the White House, and it has made a huge difference. No matter what else is happening, at 6:30 we stop everything and eat together … We use those dinners to connect with our girls, have conversations, and just spend quality time together as a family.” Michelle Obama
- “When your kids come home, they don’t necessarily want to talk to you. They just want to know you’re standing there, ready to talk.” Meryl Streep
- And here’s a funny one – “Always remember your kid’s name. Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers… for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.” Amy Poehler
Any of those make you stop and think? There’s probably some advice that you’ve thought to yourself before, but it’s always nice to be reminded. It’s also nice to know that it’s the same for all of us – hard work with amazingly gratifying results.
Do you have any bits of wisdom that guide you as a parent? Share them in the comments – we’d love to hear!