There are celebrity parents who surprise us with how strict they are with their kids. It surprises us because we are used to hearing about rich and famous people who spoil their kids. It’s almost as if the kids are raising themselves. There are a few celebrities in Hollywood, however, that don’t care how much money they have; they are raising their children with boundaries, rules, and loving guidance. They are the parents who want to be parents to their kids and not their friend.
Then we have the permissive parents, and they are the ones who act like free spirits. There are no rules in the house and they try to be friends with their kids rather than parents. Not too many people would recommend following a celebrity’s version of parenting, but sometimes, it’s fun to see how similar your favorite celebrities parenting methods are compared to your own. It can even be validating if we discover that a celebrity is doing something that we are doing. In the end, we are all just trying to do the best for our children, whether we are being strict or not. Check out these 10 celeb parents who run a strict house (and 10 who are more carefree).
20 Strict: Reese Has Southern Charm
For anyone who was raised in the south, you know that there is a certain way of doing things. She may have that sweet southern charm, but she doesn’t let her three children get away with anything. Apparently, her parenting method has rubbed off on her daughter Ava. While on Conan O'Brien's show, she shared, "When I get really mad, I get really southern," she said, then went on,
"I’ll give you a ‘sit-to’ which just means you have to sit down and listen to what I have to say. If you really make me mad, then I give you ‘what-for,’ which is a whole other thing you don’t want to get involved in.
My daughter says the other day — she’s born in California, but she said, ‘And I gave that person a sit-to, and I told them what-for.’ It’s seeping in, I’m so excited!”
19 Carefree: Christina Aguilera Has Personal Pictures Displayed
Christina Aguilera is definitely a carefree parent in the sense that she doesn’t have a problem with her children seeing her in the buff. At some point or other, children are bound to see their parents without clothes on, it's inevitable when they're toddlers. But is it okay to display pictures of yourself in the buff? "I think it's important that he [her son] see mommy not be ashamed of her sexuality."
18 Strict: Madonna Says No to TV
Considering what a wild child Madonna was growing up, it’s surprising to hear how strict she is with her own children. Her biological children are pretty much grown up, but she has taken to adopting children as well. In her household, there is no TV and no one is allowed to read newspapers. When she was married to Guy Ritchie, she even had a rule where the only bedtime story he could read to the kids was David the English Rose, the book she wrote herself.
17 Carefree: Will and Jada Smith Are Too Chill
Will and Jada Smith don’t believe in punishing their children and they allow them to have control of their own lives.
"The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives.
Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has been, it has a little too much of a negative quality. So, when they do things — and you know, Jaden, he's done things — you can do anything you want as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life."
16 Strict: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Are Old School
Mila Kunis has stated in interviews that they don’t use a nanny and that they are raising their children the same way they were raised — in a normal, strict household. But do they go to far when they say no Christmas presents? "We're instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn't really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was two, and it was too much.
We didn't give her anything — it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don't even know what they're expecting; they're just expecting stuff.
We've told our parents, 'We're begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we'd like to take a charitable donation to the Children's Hospital or a pet [or] whatever you want.' That's our new tradition."
15 Carefree: Pamela Anderson is A Free Spirit
We see many parents in Hollywood where we wonder if they are too strict, but it definitely goes the other way as well. There are some celebrity parents whom we feel are way too lenient with their children as well. Considering Pamela Anderson was surrounded by the party culture because of the relationships she was in, we are surprised by her stance on drinking with her sons. She has stated that she wants her two sons to "drink, and experiment in moderation."
14 Strict: Brooke Shields Is Different From Her Own Mother
We know Brooke Shields grew up in front of the camera and it has been questioned over the years whether her mother made the right decisions considering some of the questionable roles she played. Shields, however, is running a different household.
“I always feel like the odd mom out because trust me when I tell you I’m on my girls. And every time I am, I know from the outside it looks like I’m an overbearing, controlling parent.
But I don’t think we have any responsibility to anybody else but our kids and ourselves.”
13 Carefree: Celine Dion Lets Her Kids Choose
We’re actually a little surprised as to how carefree Celine Dion is with her children. She is another celebrity parent who gives her children all the freedom they want. They are allowed to make their own decisions about their lives even as children. She allowed her son Rene Charles to decide when he wanted to get his hair cut. We all coo about our child’s first haircut, but Rene was eight when he got his hair cut and it was only because school rules required him to.
12 Strict: Gordon Ramsay Isn’t Spoiling His Kids
Gordon Ramsey is teaching his children the value of money, but, is he taking it too far when he states he isn’t leaving his fortune to them? Seriously, why wouldn’t you want to make sure your kids are taken care of? He wants his children to earn their way and that included not allowing them to fly first class when they travel.
“They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class?
No, they do not. We’re really strict on that.”
11 Carefree: Tobey Maguire is A Soft Parent
Tobey Maguire is another celebrity parent who follows RIE Parenting that states that children are individuals and should be treated with respect. Experts on the method discourage parents from singing or rocking their babies.
“Playpens, mirrors, and dangling mobiles are also major no-nos, which seems a bit strange to me. Any philosophy that teachers respect and sensitivity toward babies can’t be all bad,”
Beverly Hills psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman, M.D. It sounds a little weird to us.
10 Strict: Gisele Bündchen Is Over the Top
Gisele refused to use diapers when she had children and instead used the “elimination communication” method which means you hold your child over the toilet after they eat. She also stated in an interview that breastfeeding should be mandatory. "Some people here (in the US) think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think, 'Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?' I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
9 Carefree: Leah Remini is A Pushover
Leah Remini actually confessed on the Rachel Ray Show that her daughter was 4 and still on the bottle. In 2008, she stated that she had a hard time taking her daughter off the bottle. She said that her daughter was still in diapers and taking 6 bottles a night. She couldn’t wean her off because she said she couldn’t stand hearing her daughter cry. Rachel Ray sent over a childhood development expert to help Remini get through the ordeal.
8 Strict: Clint Eastwood Doesn’t Mess Around
Growing up, Scott Eastwood didn’t get things easy. He made a mistake once and his father made sure it would never be made again. When Scott was 16, he left his younger sister at a party and Clint was not happy. Clint threw him against the wall. "He popped me and said, ‘You don’t ever leave your sister at a party, ever.’ And it was very old-school, very old-school of him. He wasn’t afraid. None of this new-age bullshit where you can’t even smack the kid because everyone’s afraid of being judged or whatever. That wasn’t the way that shit went down in that family. If you did something wrong, you were going to get punished. I learned quickly – you don’t do that.”
7 Carefree: Alanis Morissete Believes in Forever Nurturing
Most of us believe that you only breastfeed your child for a certain length of time, anything after say, a year, would be weird. But then there are mothers, like Alanis, that believe that they should breastfeed as long as the child wants them to. She breastfed her son until he was ready to stop which shockingly was at around age six. We’re just not sure that it’s the right way to go, but to each their own.
6 Strict: Hugh Jackman is Tough On His Kids
Hugh Jackman has been married for 22 years which is an achievement in itself. He also had no intention of raising entitled children. He told Parade magazine in an interview,
"I constantly talk to them about respect and gratitude. I say, 'Unfortunately, I’m going to be tougher on you than I would be if I wasn’t famous, because people are actually going to be less tough on you in life.'
In a way, they have to be better behaved, be more respectful, have more gratitude than other kids. I try to keep their life as down-to-Earth as possible. I really do."
5 Carefree: Gwyneth Paltrow Parents Freely
She does allow her kids to watch TV, but oddly enough, only in French and Spanish, but if they understand it, then it’s no big deal. One carefree thing that she does as a parent is that she bathes with her children. That might seem okay when they are little, but at what point do you cut that off? "We all get in the tub together," she said to Harper's Bazaar. At the time, her kids were seven and five. She got some backlash from parents who thought her kids were too old for that.
4 Strict: Julia Roberts Only Gives Healthy Snacks
When it comes to Julia’s household, the treats are actually “treats” because the kids get them so rarely. “I’m a pretty strict mom when it comes to sweets,” Roberts told People at the Eat Pray Love premiere. “Even though I have such a sweet tooth myself.” She went on to explain why she does this. “You want sweets, ice cream and cake, to be a great treat and a celebration,” she said. “Something that’s not everyday. I think this makes them appreciate it when they do have it.”
3 Carefree: Angelina Jolie Has No Rules
We've heard a few times over the years how Angelina Jolie has no rules for her children in the household. Nannies have come forward saying that the children rule the household and are often up later than their parents are.
“The kids have been openly defiant and unmanageable when it comes to tutors and nannies,"
a friend of Brad's says. "The nannies have no control when it comes to the kids. They pretty much run them."
2 Strict: Kourtney Kardashian is super careful with what her kids eat
Much like Julia Roberts, Kourtney Kardashian has strict rules when it comes to what she allows her children to eat.
"I have noticed a great positive change in behaviour with my children when we stick to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet,"
she wrote in a post titled "Why and How I Made Our House Gluten- and Dairy-Free. "I don't think everyone needs to eat this way, but we had muscle testing done, which showed we all have sensitivities to corn, gluten, and dairy."
1 Carefree: Kim is raising social media kings and queens
The Internet went wild when it was discovered that Kim Kardashian had her four-year-old daughter, North, take a topless photo of her for her social media. We’re not sure that it’s putting the right message in a child’s head, but Kim stated that she wants her children to be comfortable with their sexuality. We are all for kids being comfortable with their bodies, but we’re not onboard with having our child be your own personal photographer for those types of photos. They're kids, not personal assistants.