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Not So North: 20 Celeb Kids Who Are Actually Living Relatively Normal Lives

It’s easy to assume that the children of famous actors, musicians, and athletes are rubbing elbows with extravagance and luxury from birth. Some celebrity parents are open about all the privileges they share with their kids, and we can see the evidence on social media: children as young as five walking down red carpets in designer clothes, being whisked around the world in private jets, and brushing shoulders with some of the most famous faces in the industry.

But not all celebrity kids grow up amid such wealth and indulgence. And even if their parents do have mansions, designer clothes, and private jets at their disposal, they work hard to make sure that their kids’ lives are as normal as possible.

There’s an increasing trend of celebrity parents who go out of their way to give their children rules and routines, shield them from the paparazzi, and avoid showering them in too many toys. The reason for this is pretty simple—by giving them a wholesome and sensible upbringing, they have a better chance of raising kids who grow up to be decent people with a good understanding of reality.

Keep reading to find out which celebrity kids are living relatively normal lives!

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20 Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Don’t Believe In Entitled Children

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are two of the most talked-about parents in Hollywood. But their kids, Wyatt and Dimitri, don’t have it all going for them just because their parents happen to be two huge stars!

The That ‘70s Show actors don’t believe in children turning out entitled and bratty, and so they make an effort not to give their kids everything on a silver platter. In fact, they don’t even give their children presents at Christmas time, because they want to teach them about the spirit of the holidays rather than teaching them to expect toys. That'll definitely change how they perceive presents!

19 Megan Fox Runs A Technology-Free House

People

You might have thought Megan Fox’s kids, Bodhi, Journey, and Noah, would have been handed everything in life, but the actress is actually known to be one of the strictest parents in Hollywood. One of her priorities is ensuring that her kids appreciate the privileges they have and actually have to work for things just like everybody else, rather than having everything handed to them.

It’s been reported that Fox’s children aren’t allowed to use computer games and iPads, and the internet is totally off limits. She does let them watch cartoons and movies occasionally, but there’s no surfing the web in this house.

18 Madonna’s Kids Have A List Of Rules To Follow

Allure

Being one of the most iconic musicians in the world, you’d think Madonna would give her kids access to all kinds of privileges. While we’re sure that there are some perks to being one of Madonna’s brood, the truth is she actually runs a normal household in many ways.

Her daughter Lourdes, for example, was not allowed to even start dating until she was 18 years old. There are punishments for the kids if they step out of line, just like there would be in any other regular household, and Madonna doesn’t allow certain pleasures into the house at all—junk food and TV are banned.

17 Jennifer Lopez Makes Her Kids Study Hard

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Having recently announced her engagement to Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez is thought to be in the process of joining her family with her fiancé’s family and raising their children together. And her twins with ex-husband Marc Anthony, Max and Emme, don’t get to slack off in school just because their mom is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.

They have to study hard, like millions of other kids around the world. J.Lo has outlined her parenting style in many interviews and claims that her children are rewarded for study and good grades with time on their devices and in front of the TV (but only on the weekends).

16 Julia Roberts’ Kids Lead A Stress-Free Life In New Mexico

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When you’re a movie star of international fame, sometimes the only way to secure a normal life for your kids is to move out of Tinseltown altogether. That’s why Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder chose to raise their kids out of the spotlight—they relocated to New Mexico to give their children the very best upbringing they could.

Away from the constant paparazzi presence, Hazel, Phinnaeus, and Henry are able to have normal lives while they grow up. If Roberts is ever photographed around town, she can be seen walking the dog or taking her kids to sports practice.

15 Apple And Moses Follow Gwyneth’s Eating Rules

Us Weekly

They’re growing up quickly, but Apple and Moses Martin still have to do what their famous parents tell them to do. And according to numerous sources, their mom Gwyneth Paltrow has put the whole family on a healthy eating regimen.

In many ways, Apple and Moses probably don’t lead the lives of normal kids, but we do know that they’re not allowed to gorge on junk food all day, so that’s something they have in common with many other teenagers! The Oscar-winning actress is said to have her kids on gluten-free and low-carb eating plans because of the associated health benefits.

14 Cate Blanchett Is A Mom, Not A Friend

Closer Weekly

Cate Blanchett wants to make one thing clear to her children, Dashiell, Ignatius, Roman, and Edith: she is their mother, not their friend. In other words, she’s the boss, and they can’t just act how they please!

The actress is said to be another of the strictest moms in Hollywood, and the rules she sets out for her kids stem from her wanting to raise people she can be proud of. Blanchett has previously said that she doesn’t like the idea of her kids thinking of her as a friend, which highlights the traditional approach she takes to parenting, rather than a more modern approach.

13 Jessica Alba’s Kids Know Their Limits

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Some sources claim that Jessica Alba is more relaxed than other moms in Hollywood, but even though she might not run the strictest household, her kids know where they stand. Literally, they know where to stand when they’ve been naughty: in the corner.

The Fantastic Four actress only makes them stand against the wall for a few minutes when they’ve done something wrong, but this technique helps them to think about the mistake they made and encourages them not to do it again. Like other children, Honor, Haven, and Hayes aren’t allowed to get away with very much under mom's watchful eye!

12 Celine Dion Did Not Rely On A Nanny

People

For Celine Dion’s children, René-Charles, Eddy, and Nelson, life is probably a little crazy at times. That’s what happens when your mom is a living singing legend! Even though they may have jetted all around the world and seen the inside of penthouse suites and mansions, there is still an element of these kids’ lives that has been more normal, and that is the fact that their mom didn’t rely on a nanny.

“I didn’t have these children to not take care of them, to give myself to them 200 – 300 percent,” the singer told Gala in 2011. “… that’s something where no one can take my place. It’s tiring but an intense joy.”

11 Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds Are Hands-On

People

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are also among the most high-profile parents in Hollywood, but just because they’re big names doesn’t mean their children will be denied normal lives. In an interview with GQ, Reynolds revealed how hands-on both he and Lively are with the kids, rather than allowing members of their team to look after them.

“I have no problem waking up five times in the middle of the night and changing diapers, and as exhausted as you get, I have this stupid grin on my face all the time,” he said. “And that’s not because I have a nanny or something like that. It’s just us right now, and I love it.”

10 Eva Mendes Is Grateful For Help From Her Family

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There’s nothing wrong with using the help of a nanny, but not all parents can afford that kind of service. In many circles, it’s far more common to rely on the help of family members to help you raise children, and in that way, Eva Mendes is just like the rest of us!

Even though the actress is very hands-on when it comes to raising her two daughters, Esmerelda and Amada, she likes to bring the family into the picture too: “I’ve never appreciated my family so much, they’ve been amazing,” she said (via BabyGaga). “I don’t technically have a nanny, but I do have help.”

9 Ava And Deacon Phillippe Were Raised To Be Respectful

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They’re all grown up now, but Ava and Deacon Phillippe were raised by their famous parents, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, to have manners and be respectful. Witherspoon has opened up about the traditional Southern parenting style she used with her kids, and similarly, Phillippe has stated that they were incredibly hands-on in bringing up Ava and Deacon.

“I imagine it would have been more difficult if we weren’t as hands-on as we were or allowed them to be raised by nannies,” the actor said in an interview (via BabyGaga). Witherspoon is now raising another son, Tennessee, and we can only imagine that she’s applying the same traditional parenting style!

8 Elle McPherson Believes In Homework Before Fun

Kidspot

Model Elle Macpherson’s sons, Flynn and Aurelius, have passed the childhood stage of their lives now, and it looks like their famous mom has prepared them well for adult life. In an interview with Tatler, the Australia-born model revealed that she always put parenting first, and made sure her boys had relatively normal lives and always did their homework.

“I don’t just walk in and do ‘good time’ mom,” she explained (via BabyGaga). “I do ‘wake up, even though you don’t want to get out of bed’ mom. I do ‘I’m making you breakfast and I’m sorry but you have to have fruit’ mom.”

7 Sarah Jessica Parker’s Kids Are Shielded From Fame

Vanity Fair

Sarah Jessica Parker is famous for playing a character who had one of the most extra lives of all time: Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. But when it comes to raising her kids, James, Marion, and Tabitha, the style icon keeps it all down to earth. Like many other moms out there, Parker has never used a nanny.

“That’s something that’s important to both of us, because what’s the point in having a family if you’re not really going to participate in it?” she said in an interview with Vogue. The kids lead mostly regular lives and are shielded from their parents’ fame, except for the occasional red-carpet appearance!

6 Leighton Meester And Adam Brody Keep Arlo Out Of The Spotlight

Ok!

We don’t know a lot about Leighton Meester and Adam Brody’s daughter, Arlo. The former teen-drama actors—known for playing Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl and Seth Cohen on The O.C. respectively—are doing everything they can to keep their little girl out of the spotlight and ensure that she has a normal upbringing.

“I don’t talk about Arlo very much,” Meester revealed in an interview with Refinery29. It was one of the rare moments where she mentioned her daughter to the press. “I am very proud of that area of my life. But I’m also really proud of the show, and of the work I do …”

5 Carrie Underwood Is Keeping It Real As She Raises Her Children

Country Living Magazine

Carrie Underwood is one of the biggest stars in country music, but she likes to keep it real when it comes to living life and raising kids. Underwood does her own grocery shopping, and she has revealed that she even uses coupons every now and then to save money (when she remembers to bring them).

She and husband Mike Fisher have “their place” where they like to eat frequently, and it’s Subway. So of course, her two sons, Isaiah and Jacob, see their mom just being a regular mom most of the time, and haven't been introduced to an overly extravagant life.

4 Sheryl Crow Won’t Let Her Job Affect Her Sons’ Lives

Us Weekly

Another country music star who is raising her kids to have normal lives, Sheryl Crow doesn’t want her job title and fame to affect how she brings up the children. To make sure that her sons, Levi and Wyatt, have normal childhoods, she plans their schedules ahead.

Sometimes they have to travel with her, but she makes sure the boys see things when they visit different cities, like museums, monuments, and parks, so they’re not bored inside hotel rooms all the time. She still takes the time to eat with them before putting them to bed and then finally taking the stage at night.

3 Kate Winslet’s Kids Follow A Strict Routine

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Kate Winslet’s three kids, Mia, Joe, and Bear, don’t lead the lavish lives that you might expect them to, considering their mom is an icon of the big screen. The actress is exceptionally private with her children and doesn’t like to bring them to red carpets and other industry events.

Instead, she keeps their lives as normal as possible and tries to make sure they’re not bothered by the paparazzi or members of the press. Her kids also follow a strict routine, meaning they go to bed at certain times, and are rewarded if they follow the rules mom has set out.

2 Adele Raises Angelo Like Any Other Mom

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His mom is instantly recognizable wherever she goes, but Adele’s son Angelo is leading a life that’s not much different from other children’s lives. The singer takes him on outings and spends as much time with him at home as she can, and when her fame does impact his life, she does whatever she can to stop it.

In the past, tabloid photographers have tried to publish photos of Angelo, and Adele and husband Simon Konecki took legal action to ensure that his face would not be shown all around the world. And when paparazzi try to invade Angelo’s space when he’s with his mom, Adele isn’t shy about telling them where to go.

1 Jennifer Garner Keeps Her Kids Away From The Paparazzi At All Costs

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Jennifer Garner is another famous mom who wants to protect her three kids, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, from the paparazzi and make sure they have normal lives. In fact, the mother of three is so serious about raising her kids away from the spotlight that she actually testified on behalf of Senate Bill 606, which called for harsher consequences for people who choose to bother celebrity kids.

The Bill was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown, so all the kids in Hollywood are now a little safer thanks to this super mom and several other concerned celebrity parents, who just want normal lives for their kids.

Sources: BabyGaga, CafeMoms, TheList

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