Every celebrity mom has her own style when it comes to parenting. We’ve rounded up some of our faves, from the strictest of mamas and those in the know of the latest baby inventions (whether they use them or not) to moms who have expressed how motherhood has changed them for good.
Jada Pinkett Smith (son Jaden and daughter Willow, stepson Trey)
"We don't have rules [for our children]. We come up with agreements. Kids are little people, and we're in life to guide them. Trying to rule someone is always an illusion, and it's no different with children."
Victoria Beckham (sons Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo, daughter Harper)
"We've always been strict with the children. They have great manners and they always say 'please' and 'thank you' and I think that's very important ... We are very, very present. I think it’s important that the kids have a good work ethic and try to help other people as well."
Anne Hathaway (son Jonathan)
"They do have teepee peepees…The teepee goes into the peepee, so that way when the peepee happens, the teepee absorbs it. I don’t have them."
Madonna (daughters Lourdes, Mercy and twins Stelle and Estere, sons Rocco and David)
"Having children made me realize how making the world a better place starts at home … I regularly remind my children how fortunate they are to have the things they do and encourage them to share. The best way to teach them about sharing and giving is to do those things myself and set an example."
Kate Hudson (sons Ryder and Bingham)
"Sometimes I feel like a bad mom … Some days I feel like I should win best mom of the day award, and some days I find myself doing strange things that don’t have any real purpose, in faraway corners in my house, and I realize I am literally and deliberately hiding from my children."
Halle Berry (daughter Nahla and son Maceo)
"I’m not ashamed of my children … But I also work very hard to keep their identities as private as I can, considering they are only children. It is my belief, that it is my job as a mother to protect their privacy as best I can."
Kim Kardashian (daughter North and son Saint)
"[Motherhood] has taught me how to prioritize. And I was forced to take a break for a while. I never liked downtime, but I decided I enjoy it — that’s when the fun ideas come about."
Taraji P. Henson (son Marcell)
"I think [single mothers] try to do our best. And yes, we can do it all, but I wouldn't wish being a single parent on my worst enemy. It is not easy."
Mila Kunis (daughter Wyatt and son Dimitri)
"Children are f---ing crazy. They're also suicidal. Like, at the park, certain jungle gyms have an opening for older kids to jump out of. [Wyatt is] 19 months; she can't jump. She just walks off it as if she's on a pirate ship."
Christina Aguilera (son Max and daughter Summer)
"There are two sides to me, which I like to keep very separate. There is a performing Christina, and then there’s me as a mom. It's important for me to wear these different hats so I don't bring work home with me… The best thing is seeing my children's smiles every day - knowing that they are happy makes me happy."
Heidi Klum (daughters Helene and Lou, sons Henry and Johan)
"I don’t want to push them towards anything. I want them to do what they want to do, so I’m going to just see what their interests are. They play football and do gymnastics and they are about to start with piano again. They have hobbies, but I want them to have a normal childhood."
Kerry Washington (daughter Isabelle and son Caleb)
"Playing [Olivia Pope on Scandal] made me feel like I could be a mom. Because she knows there's always another way—there's always a way to fix it, there's always a way to solve it, to win. And I feel like playing her made me feel like, All right, I can do it. I will figure out how to juggle it all."
Sarah Jessica Parker (son James and twin daughters Tabitha and Marion)
"Like any parent, I just try to be present, pay attention, ask questions, and then allow them the freedom to monitor themselves. Hopefully, they’ll live by our example. It’s hard, because you want to give them freedom, but as a parent you have to be willing to not be liked by your child sometimes."
Jessica Alba (daughters Honor and Haven)
"Don’t be hard on yourself. Doing your best to be present wherever you are is what’s important. Make time to eat healthy and stay active. It’s worth it to recharge once a week: Get sleep, have a date night or a girls' night in and drink some wine!"
Beyoncé (daughter Blue Ivy, expecting twins)
"[Having children] just gives you purpose and all of the things that my self-esteem was associated with, it’s all completely different … I realized why I was born and more than anything all of the things I want to pass onto my [children] and the best way of doing that is not by preaching or telling but showing by example."
Adele (son Angelo)
"I think it’s the bravest thing not to have a child; all my friends and I felt pressurized into having kids, because that’s what adults do. I love my son more than anything, but on a daily basis, if I have a minute or two, I wish I could do whatever the f*^k I wanted, whenever I want. Every single day I feel like that."
Gabrielle Union (stepsons Zaire, Zion and Xavier)
"[Dwyane Wade] and I could have gone on for a long time as boyfriend and girlfriend, but the kids were the driving force in wanting us to be a legitimate, like, real – and I’m using my finger quotes – family in their eyes. We got on board with it, and it’s the best decision we could have made – not just for us as a couple, but for our family."
Jennifer Garner (daughters Violet and Seraphina, son Samuel)
"You always can say, Today we’re going to try this! And if it goes horribly, you can say, Today we’re throwing that out, and we’re trying this! That’s part of what I like about being a mom in general."
Alicia Keys (sons Egypt and Genesis)
"Being a parent has made me more open, more connected to myself, more happy, and more creative. I’m more discerning in what I do and how I do it. It’s just made me a better person all the way around."
Sofia Vergara (son Manolo)
"I was really young when I divorced [Manolo’s] father, so I raised him trying to set the best example and give him the best that I could. When people compliment me on him, on how well mannered, how charming, funny and well-behaved he is, it makes all the sacrifices worthwhile."
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