Gwyneth Paltrow first caught our attention with her roles in films like Shakespeare In Love (1998), Iron Man (2008), Spider Man: Homecoming (2017), and several of the Avengers films. Nowadays, Gwyneth has taken a step back from acting, but that doesn’t mean she’s not busy. Gwyn now makes headlines for sharing her health-conscious (and often very bougie) tips and tricks on her lifestyle blog Goop, some of which have been controversial.
Aside from her professional life, Gwyneth is also busy raising her two teenage children. The actress met her future husband, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, in 2002 and they were wed the following year. Their daughter Apple was born in 2004, while their son Moses was born in 2006. Gwyneth has publicly stated that she made a conscious decision to cut down on her work after becoming a mother.
In 2014, Gwyneth and Chris surprised fans when they announced their intention to divorce, which wasn’t finalized in 2016. Also in 2014, Gwyneth went public with her relationship with her Glee co-star Brad Falchuk. The pair were married last year and are now focused on making their blended family work. Keep reading to discover how Gwyneth is parenting her kids - some of the things they can’t do are surprising!
20 The Kids Aren't Allowed To Go To Summer Camp
During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Gwyneth once revealed that she doesn’t want to send her children to summer camp.
“No, I like them!” she said, jokingly implying parents send their kids to camp to get a break from them. However, the actress went on to say she used to attend camp as a child and loved it - so why wouldn’t she want the same experience for her kiddos?
“My parents would send me for eight weeks to camp,” Gwyn said. “If you want to know why I have so many issues, that’s why. I actually loved camp. I went to a great camp in Vermont on Lake Champlain. It was an all girls camp called Brown Ledge. It [included] riding and theater and water skiing. It was fantastic.”
19 She Keeps The Kids On A Strict Diet
Gwyneth has become known as one of the most health-conscious actresses in all of Hollywood, so it’s not very surprising to hear that she keeps her family on a strict diet plan. However, we imagine it must be hard keeping her kids away from junk food now that they’re teenagers.
“Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains … we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs,” Gwyneth once explained, Parenting reports. She added that she never lets her family eat anything processed, with their list of banned foods including coffee, dairy, eggs, sugar, wheat and soy.
18 But The Kids Can Have Dessert Before Bed
Even though she’s strict about what her kids eat, Gwyneth knows that it’s important to treat yourself every once in a while. She once wrote on her Goop blog that she’s totally fine with her kids having a sweet treat before bed, as long as they eat healthy foods during the rest of the day.
"The kids indulge in a super sugary cupcake before bed but I don’t feel too bad because they had a brown rice stir fry for dinner with baked sweet potato on the side,” she explained. “It’s all about balance!"
17 She Works Out With Her Kids
Like many celebrity mamas, Gwyneth got her pre-baby figure back in record time. What’s her secret? The star has admitted to doing workouts with her kids so that not only does she make time for the gym, but she has a way to bond with her kiddos.
"Every woman can make time — every woman — and you can do it with your baby in the room," the actress revealed in 2010, Huffington Post reports. "There have been countless times where I've worked out with my kids crawling around all over the place. You just make it work, and if it's important to you, it'll be important to them."
16 The Kids Have To Watch Cartoons In Different Languages
Although Gwyneth’s family may only speak English at home, that doesn’t mean the actress hasn’t done her best to teach her children to speak other languages.
The celebrity once admitted that her children are only allowed to watch cartoons in other languages while they're traveling. “She [Apple] is cross because I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish. When I’m in Paris, I go to Boulevard Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons," she told In Style.
Even though they might be on vacation, there’s never a good reason not to learn something new!
15 The Family Used To Bathe Together
Several years ago, Gwyneth admitted that she and her children would often bathe together. "We all get in the tub together," she explained to Harper's Bazaar, explaining it was a way she felt she could bond with her kids.
Mind you, we’re guessing things have changed since Apple and Moses aren’t seven and five years old anymore. But even though they were young when Gwyneth went on record sharing this family detail, some fans still questioned whether it was an appropriate family activity.
When do you think children should begin to bathe on their own?
14 The Kids Get “A Coke A Week”
Keeping in line with Gwyneth’s health-conscious attitude, the actress once revealed that her children are permitted to only have one coke a week. It’s almost like an allowance, but with soda.
"They love a brown rice stir-fry, but they also love their 'Coke of the week,'” she wrote on Goop in 2013. "My daughter gravitates toward fresh fruit and raw nuts but will inhale a bag of hot Cheetos at the airport. It's all about balance."
She added, "I tried to start them off with all of the right foods, but as they got older, the lure of Oreos and cotton candy outweighed the lure of carrots with hummus.”
13 The Kids Have To Help With Cooking
One would assume Gwyneth runs a tight ship when it comes to her kitchen. But the celebrity isn’t afraid to get her kids involved with meal preparation. The actress has said several times that her son, Moses, has developed a passion for cooking and is usually right there in the kitchen with her.
“[He] loves to cook,” she told People. “We love to go out in L.A. and find some crazy dim sum place far away from where we live. And he loves to cook. He loves to be in the kitchen. He’s just the sweetest.… He’s a very open eater.”
12 Spending Time Outdoors Is Mandatory
Not only does Gwyneth expect her family to work out, she also expects them to spend an adequate amount of time outside in the sun. Back in 2013, the actress revealed that she and her then-husband bought their Brentwood home mainly because of how much time its location would allow them to spend outside.
“Just to have my kids be in the sun every day - picking avocados, going for a swim. Even for two years or something, and come back when they go to senior school,” the mom-of-two explained at the time when talking about their charming childhood, as Daily Star reports.
11 The Kids Take Flax Oil Every Morning
As we’ve established already, Gwyneth is pretty conscious about what her family eats. One of her tricks for keeping everyone fit and healthy is ensuring she and her children take flax oil in the morning.
"We go downstairs and I [make] a quick breakfast of eggs and toast followed by a spoonful of lemon flavored flax oil that I try to remember to give them both every morning," Gwyneth once wrote on Goop.
Flaxseed oil is said to have many health benefits. According to Healthline, it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it's good for your heart, and it can improve the quality of your skin, amongst many things.
10 Everything Has To Be Ready The Night Before
Regardless of how many children you have, getting them to school in the morning is always hectic, especially when you have to balance a career in Hollywood. Gwyneth once shared her tip for having a stress-free morning when doing the school run: make sure everything is ready the night before.
"I always lay the kids' uniforms and school things out the night before once they are asleep,” she explained on her blog. “When it’s quiet I can check the 'kid list' for show and tell items to bring in, consent forms, ballet kit, etc, so that the morning is less of a scramble." That way there’s no need to rush around in the morning!
9 The Kids Don't Go To School If They Don't Want To
Despite her multitude of strict regulations, Gwyneth proved she can be carefree about certain things when she once admitted to allowing her daughter to skip school so they could have a day together.
"I'll probably get kicked out of our school for admitting this, but I let Apple stay home yesterday. I just needed to be with her," the mom-of-two told Good Housekeeping. "We went out to lunch, we went to the beauty salon, we were together."
So long as her kids keep up their grades, Gwyneth is okay with them taking a personal day every so often. Would you be cool with that?
8 They Celebrate Both Jewish And Christian Holidays
Gwyneth’s mother, Blythe Danner, is from a Christian background, while her father, Bruce Paltrow, was Jewish. The actress has revealed that she grew up celebrating holidays from both religions, so we assume she raises her household in the same way.
Following her split from Chris Martin, reports suggested that Gwyneth may have been considering fully converting to Judaism- and it may have played a part in their split. In 2014, The Daily Mail said Gwyn had become more passionate about raising her children in the Jewish faith, and she and her then-husband couldn’t agree on the subject.
7 The Kids Get Unlimited Social Media
While some celebrity parents allow their kids to have completely public profiles, others prohibit their kids from using social media. Nowadays, Gwyneth’s kids both have private social media accounts and are commonly spotted on their electronics, proving they’re just as obsessed with social media as other Gen-Z kids.
"It's crazy - her phone and her texting and her social media. I waited as long as I could. She was the last one of her friends to get a phone,” Gwyneth once said of her daughter’s phone habits, MSN reports. She added that her daughter isn’t afraid to take risks, which doesn’t sound good when we’re talking about online behavior.
6 Her Ex-Husband Can Still Sleep Over
Gwyneth and her ex-husband Chris Martin have become well-known for their extremely amicable split. From their usage of the term “consciously uncoupling” to going on vacations together with their kids post-divorce, they’ve remained on super friendly terms. So much so that Chris still has a room in Gwyneth’s home.
“We are still doing it in our own way,” the actress told The Wall Street Journal. She added, “[He’s] really like my brother, we’re very familiar. It’s nice, it’s great.” Not only did some fans find Gwyneth’s revelation that her ex-husband has a room to sleep in at her home strange, but they also found her referring to him as “brother” odd.
5 And She Sleeps Over When The Kids Are At His Place
Not only does Chris have a room in his ex-wife’s home, but it sounds like he keeps one for her at his place, too. Gwyneth once shared that she regularly sleeps over at her ex-husband when it’s his turn having the kids. We guess that’s modern parenting for you!
“I sleep in his house in Malibu a lot with the kids. We'll have a weekend all together; holidays, we're together,” Gwyneth told Glamour. “We're still very much a family, even though we don't have a romantic relationship.”
We wonder how her new husband feels about that…
4 She Doesn’t Want Her Kids To Be Actors
Many celebrity parents have said they’d be delighted if their children followed in their footsteps, but don’t count Gwyneth Paltrow as one of them. The star surprised fans when she once said she was actively discouraging her children from getting into entertainment, despite them leaning in that direction.
“Unfortunately, I think they're both gonna be drawn to perform. They're naturals—they sing, act, play guitar, do stand-up—it's brimming out of them,” Gwyn told Glamour magazine. So I feel like my mother. Whenever I said I wanted to be an actress, she said, 'Oh no, don't. You're too smart to be an actress. Do something else!'”
3 Instead, She Wants Them To Be Self-Made
After revealing that she doesn’t want her children to get into the entertainment industry, Gwyneth went on to reveal she would prefer them to be self-made. Just because their parents are celebrities, it doesn’t mean Gwyn doesn’t expect her kids to work hard.
“The landscape of everything is changing. When you think about it from a pragmatic point of view, it's like, ‘OK, how are you gonna pay your mortgage?’” she told Glamour. “[Being self-made], it's the most motivating. People think, "She's just a rich kid." Until I was 18, I was. Then I was broke. I've never taken a dime off my parents. I'm completely self-made.”
2 She Believes In Letting Her Kids Struggle
Most parents would do anything to never see their children struggle. But Gwyneth once admitted that she thinks difficulties and hardships build character, so she often has to remind herself not to interfere too much in her children’s personal lives.
“I hate feeling out of control, even if I’m just saying, 'That’s enough!' Like, I can’t deal. It’s not the way that I would aspire to be,” she once explained, Huffington Post reports. “But then I think, I do really believe that part of our job is to equip them for the world. And we can’t make everything okay for them, we can’t take away all of their [difficulties]. It’s not good for them.”
1 They Still Have Family Bonding Days Post-Divorce
Another thing that proves just how close Gwyneth is to her ex-husband is that the family still has mandatory family time altogether, despite their divorce. Gwyneth reveals that the whole family still routinely hangs out as a group of four.
“We spend a lot of time together,” she said to Glamour. “Last night he got in at midnight and slept here so he could surprise the kids in the morning, we could all have breakfast, and he could take them to school. So…we're not living together, but he's more than welcome to be with us whenever he wants.”
Sources: Parenting, InStyle, MSN, Glamour, Huffington Post