Parenting is hard! We as parents all go through struggles, so it can be refreshing to hear that someone else knows exactly what you are going through. Even celebrities with all their fame deal with the same problems as the rest of us do.
Whether it’s potty training, finding balance, or teething, we could all use some support when it comes to raising children. And actually, there are plenty of celebrity moms in Hollywood who are keeping it real. They aren’t using nannies and they are dealing with the same issues that regular moms are dealing with, all on their own.
These moms don’t mind telling the world that they are struggling, either. They are keeping it real and being honest about what it’s really like to raise children. They have some great advice for the rest of us and are willing to share it. These celebrities don’t care about critics or backlash, they are just telling it like it is.
Just because some moms are celebrities living the high life doesn’t mean they can’t help the rest of us with their tips and tricks. Check out these parenting tips from 20 moms in Hollywood who are keeping it real.
20 Elizabeth Banks Gets Help
We often think that as moms that we are a failure if we can’t do everything on our own. But we’re really not meant to- it truly takes a village.
The best advice Elizabeth Banks can offer you is to ask for help when you need it.
“Be open to any help,” the actress said. “Many moms today feel they have to be super moms, while historically we’ve always had a village to pitch in. I think it’s really important to know when to ask for help.” That’s some of the most down-to-earth advice you could ask for.
19 Kristen Bell Learns To Laugh About It
Kristen Bell is all about keeping it real and we see a lot of that on her Instagram page. She doesn’t mind showing us the reality of raising her kids, but at least she can laugh about it. “Every day when you're raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream 'This is ridiculous!' because there's so much nonsense, whether it's what they're saying to you or the fact that there's avocado or poop on every surface." You are likely to see all of this on her Instagram page- no filters- too.
18 Heidi Klum Tries Not To Freak Out
It can be easy to feel like it's too much, but Heidi Klum says she just goes with the flow and doesn’t let things get to her.
Therefore, her advice comes from a place of experience.
"To kind of roll with the flow. Our house is full of life, laughter, and mayhem. Every dinnertime something spills. Or they are wearing uniforms for school, and when we have breakfast in the morning, food gets all over their hands. You can tell them a thousand times 'Do not wipe it on your pants,' and sure enough they wipe it on their pants. But that’s when you roll with it. My house is not like a museum. You can see that children live there. It’s their house as much as mine.”
17 Kim Kardashian Says Sibling Rivalry Is Real
Kim Kardashian soon realized that getting her children to get along wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be. North did not want to share the attention of her parents. She told Live With Kelly and Ryan that her kids are “So different, so different,” when asked how her kids were. “I mean, I don’t know if it’s because she’s the older sister. I don’t know what it is. I thought it was a phase. She does not like her brother.”
“It’s so hard for me,” Kardashian West said. “And I thought it was like, OK, a couple months, she’s just warming up to it.”
16 Reese Believes She Is Doing Her Best
At the end of the day, as parents, we really are just doing the best that we can. “I constantly question myself: Have I exposed them to the right amount of culture (no), do I spend enough time with each of them as individuals (probably not), do I have the right amount of work/family balance (who knows!). I’m trying,” Reese told Huffington Post.
But she’s always thinking of her kids no matter what.
“I don’t think there’s been an hour of my life since Ava was born that I don’t think of my kids. I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.”
15 Mayim Bialik Believes In Attachment Parenting
Mayim even wrote a book about attachment parenting and why she believes it’s the best way to raise children. Not too many parents would allow their children to permanently sleep in their bed with them, but Bialik believes it’s best. "We have two beds on the floor next to each other. And honestly, there is a natural desire for independence at night that does come," Bialik said. "Most adults, you know, do not want to sleep alone - it's not normal. It is normal to be close to someone who loves you at night. There's nothing weird about it."
14 Drew Barrymore Struggles With Being A Working Mom
For any working mother, it’s a struggle to find a balance between being with our kids and going to work. “Sometimes I feel like the two are pulling in different directions, and I feel really torn and freaked out in my head and my heart and kind of all over the place,” Barrymore told Working Mother.
At the same time, learning to balance can also refresh moms.
“I think there’s a lot of days where I feel like, 'Good, I took care of work stuff, now I can focus solely on my kids,' and I’m revitalized by work to just go and be a mom and nothing but a mom. And then when I lean in with my kids so much, I’m like 'Good, I’m glad I have something else to focus on.' It makes me feel re-energized."
13 Jaime Pressly Listens To Her Kids
As far as Jaime Pressly is concerned, the best thing that you can do for your children is to listen to them. That can be easier said than done at times but it’s definitely a good guideline for raising little ones- after all, our kids can teach us just as much as we can teach them. What’s her best advice? "To listen to your child and always be supportive of who they are and who they want to be, their likes and dislikes, instead of trying to force who you want them to be onto them."
12 Kate Hudson Follows Her Mom's Advice
Kate Hudson was raised to be a free spirit by her famous mother Goldie Hawn and she wants to raise her children the same way. And if their close relationship today is any indication, Goldie's methods must have worked like a charm.
The actress believes above all that children should have a certain amount of freedom to become independent.
“My parents allowed my brother and I to have our freedom and be ourselves and feel confident in our choices and to make mistakes without too much judgment … I hope that I can do as good a job.”
11 Chrissy Teigen Isn’t Apologizing For Having Help
Chrissy Teigen is one of the realest mothers that we see on Instagram; she tells it like it is and she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. “My mom lives with us. I have hair and makeup people. I’m not getting up and doing all this by myself. If I’m not being done for something, I’m not going anywhere. A lot of hands go into it. We have help. It’s important for people to know that,” Teigen told Yahoo Style. “I have the utmost respect for mothers and single mothers who go to work and come home and make dinner. I do all these things because I have help. Luna goes down at 6:30 and has a nurse watch her, and I can cook dinner.”
10 Gwyneth Paltrow Tries To Control Herself
Gwyneth states that sometimes kids exhibit behavior that we don’t always like, and that their behavior can trigger our own insecurities as moms.
So instead of freaking out, she tries to control the way she feels in those challenging moments.
“Mosey and I are so similar in a lot of ways, and we have the same bad qualities, so sometimes I find it really triggering with him. And I always have to think, ‘Okay, try to put a pause in between what you’re feeling and what you’re going to do or say next.'”
9 Blake Lively Is Raising A Fearless Female
Blake Lively wants her daughter to learn how to fight for the things that she wants in life and to go after those things. But at the same time, she doesn't think that her daughter needs to be told that. "Stop telling little girls that they can do anything. They already believe they can do anything. It opens the door for questions. We’re all born feeling perfect until somebody tells us we’re not. So there’s nothing I can teach my daughter [James]. She already has all of it. The only thing I can do is protect what she already feels."
8 Busy Philipps Has Rough Days
One thing we can all agree on as parents is that there comes a time when we have rough days as a parent.
Our children aren’t always angels and the bad days can make us wish we weren’t parents.
“Somedays you have great days where they are sweet angels, and you think, ‘Why don’t I have 47 more?!’ And the next day they do something to make you crawl under your bed the rest of the afternoon. So you know I just want to quit, I’ll become a mom that abandons their family and they can find me in Florida 40 years later. It’s tough, everybody has tough days,” Philipps said.
7 Julia Roberts Always Calls Her Mother
As we get older, it can be hard for us to keep in touch with family because we become busy with our own families. But after Julia Roberts had her own kids, she realized how important it was for her to call her mom.
“I try to call my mother, Betty, with more regularity because I think, 'What if Hazel didn’t call me for two weeks?'’ the actress told NewParent.com. “I’m able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point.” Don't we all, once we've outgrown our angsty teen phases and become parents ourselves?
6 Anna Faris Says Be Prepared For Motherhood
Anna Faris is quick to admit that parenting comes with its struggles and you just have to deal with it. “As a woman, your identity changes. You are now a mom. So that’s the most important job in the world and the pressure and the guilt… and all the things that are wrapped up in that. I don’t think anyone can really prepare you for [motherhood], even though they try.” She threw in a joke for good measure: “So, don’t have kids.”
Of course, most moms go into this stage of life with rosy expectations- Anna's just reminding us that it's not all glamorous.
5 Jada Pinkett Smith Doesn’t Get In The Way
Jada (along with her husband) believes that kids should be allowed to do what they want in their own space as it helps them to grow some independence. Of course, her two kids are the walking embodiment of childhood independence.
“Staying out of kids' space can teach them to be responsible for their own decisions and mistakes. Is it their room, or are they borrowing the space while they're living in your house? If it's theirs, then they should be able to do whatever they want with it. If it's their clothes, they have the right to do whatever they want with those clothes. We have to give them some freedom to be who they are.”
4 Selma Blair Struggled As A Single Mom
Being a single mom can be rough on anyone, even a celebrity. It’s nice to know that we aren’t alone in our struggles.
"I did not have a support system. I was an older, tired, single mom," Selma said at an event.
"As much as I loved my child, I was really lost ... lost for, like, four-and-a-half years. I kind of hit rock bottom." “I hand it to moms that really know how to have a boundary early on, and that’s something really in this past year I’ve really had to be really strong about: a boundary,” Blair told People.
3 Salma Hayek Puts Her Child To Bed
Salma Hayek things the best advice that she can give as a parent is to put your children to bed every single night. It seems like such simple advice, but she states there is a purpose behind why she makes sure to always tend to her tot at bedtime.
She stated that all parents should put their kids to bed “because one day you won’t be able to and it’s going to happen really fast.” Kids do grow up so fast that we forget about time passing us by- now if only the bedtime routine would go by just as quickly!
2 Jennifer Garner Is Just Like Us
Jennifer Garner knows all about the guilt that most face when they want to go to work.
She does what we all do and tries to fit everything in while dropping her kids off in her pyjamas.
“It's about getting the kids up and fed, getting one to school, getting the other down for a nap, going to the grocery store, picking one up from school, getting the other one down for another nap, cooking dinner . . . I live my life at these two extremes. I'm either a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time actress,” she told US Magazine.
1 Mila Kunis Says It Can Be Tiresome
Running around with kids is exhausting, we all know that. Mila Kunis says to just try to keep it together, if your kids are healthy that’s all that matters. “I'm ragged tired. Who cares? My kids are healthy, I'm happy.”
She talks about a time when she thought she had it together, but was wrong. “I was like, ‘I did it.’ I put her in the car. Like, I high-five myself. [As] I’m driving down the 101, I was like ‘Oh my God, I’m doing really good today,’” Kunis said. “She was being really quiet, and I was like, ‘Oh, let me look in the rearview mirror to make sure everything’s okay.’ And I look, and she’s happy as can be, but just not nearly strapped in... And I’m on the 101, and she’s just like blah, like fine in her car seat, nothing, no strap whatsoever. And I think I just turned white.”
Sources: Parenting, Vogue, Hello Giggles