It is almost incredible how many people suddenly have copious amounts of advice for us when we become parents. Advice is a valuable part of parenting and some are good and others are best ignored. So, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the advice given by some famous people.
Here are our top celebrity advice picks:
“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”
“The best kind of parent you can be is – Lead By Example!”
“Be open to any help………it’s really important to know when to ask for help.”
Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise
“Believes you should encourage your child’s creativity and self-expression in order for them to discover their own identity.”
“Roll with the flow”
“Pay attention. Turn off your phone. Lose yourself in their world even if for only a short time, it will mean the world to you and them.”
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith
“We don’t do punishment……our kids are taught to be responsible for their own decisions. As long as they can explain why that was the right thing to do for their life.”
This no-nonsense parent’s advice is: “We are not responsible to anybody but our kids and ourselves”; and she doesn’t care if she looks overbearing and controlling to the outside world.
“Teach your kids to be good and teach them great morals – they won’t go wrong”. She is all about morals, saying they are “imperative”
“Parents should put their kids to bed every night, because ‘one day you won’t be able to’ and it will happen really fast”
She agrees with Salma saying – “Enjoy every moment…..It passes so quickly”
“Allow your children the freedom to be themselves and feel confident in their choices and make mistakes without too much judgement” says Kate, following in her famous mum Goldie Hawn’s parenting style footprints.
“You have to be extremely disciplined”- Is the key to being able to manage both work and children – says Madonna ; who believes being a working parent is difficult but doable.
Some celebrity advice for those “new or expecting parents”……..
She advices that “The main thing is not to listen to what anybody else tells you about giving birth, because they always make it sound like a disaster”
For anyone who is about to give birth; Lisa Kudrow says, “There will be a few weeks afterward when you’ll feel terrible, but don’t freak out because it will pass.”
“You really need to have a routine; it’s a bit boring at times and you certainly won’t get to go out for a while” but Eastenders actress, Patsy Palmer says this is the key to surviving a new baby.
“As a mum, you cannot be too hard on yourself” is the key says Sophie (mum to three).
She has the best advice for those struggling to get baby to sleep – “Use a big standing fan on high wattage to drown out surrounding noise” – it’s a trick her mom taught her and she swears by it”.
“If you stay at home with your toddler 24/7 you get mush-brain” – Calista is all about still taking time for yourself.
However, the most profound advice has to be from Victoria Beckham – who says that “Parenthood is incredible and motherhood is something I will recommend to anyone – BUT – the problem is that once you’ve had one baby you will want another one!