Kids don't come with instructions manuals...even if you are a rich, famous, and successful actor. It turns out, celebrities are just like us, doing the best they can to raise thoughtful, healthy, intelligent, and kindhearted niños.
From Salma Hayek to Mark Consuelos, we have the best, the funniest, and the wackiest parenting advice straight from the mouths of your favorite stars:
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Snooki may be known for her days on Jersey Shore, but the wild child calmed down after she gave birth to Lorenzo, 1. In an open letter penned to Kate Middleton, Snooki wrote: “Be sure to sing to your baby a lot, too! When I sing to my booger, he calms down and stares at me like he’s in love, which makes me feel amazing. Anyway, music calms them down. I’m pretty sure you can have anyone you want over to sing to your little one...maybe a lullaby from Elton John?”
Mark Consuelos and wife, Kelly Ripa, are the loving parents of three children, Michael, Lola, and Joaquin. “I love my kids, but I am not their friend....I’m there to make sure of three things: they stay out of rehab, the morgue, and jail.” Consuelos told Yahoo! about his parenting tactics. “Punishment is also a lecture. Their eyes glaze over, and I go into my speeches.”
Jessica Alba is a superstar mamá! In addition to doting on her two precious daughters, Honor and Haven, she also owns The Honest Company, a retailer dedicated to providing safe, non-toxic products for families. Her main piece of advice is to raise polite children.. “I’m very good at staying on top of [Honor] on her manners, and I reward her when she’s doing well,” Alba says, “I don’t hesitate to give her a time out when she’s acting crazy. I think you need to make that known early so that they become respectful people early on.”
Nicole Richie is a loving mother, but she’s strict about one thing: healthy eating. “Sugar is obviously a big no-no,” she said about her children’s diet. “No, no, no. Definitely no Kool-Aid. There’s no juice. My kids don’t have dairy either. Joel is not on the same page as me, so I can sit here and say, ‘Oh, I wouldn’t do this; I wouldn’t do that!” And I wouldn’t! But Joel does take Harlow out and she comes back...and says, ‘We had pizza!’ And I’m like ‘Ok, Ok.’”
For Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, instilling a love of learning in her children is essential. “I’m all about reading -- I’ve read to them since birth,” she says of her children, Alexander and Lucas. “If I can instill in my children a love of reading I think I would be doing them a good service.”
Brazilian supermodel Gisele is the mother of Vivian and Benjamin and the stepmom of Tom Brady’s child, John. The model has sparked controversy in the past over her statements about breastfeeding. Her advice to new moms? “‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little? There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”
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Eva La Rue is the mamá to one daughter, Kaya. She says her main piece of advice is to cut yourself some slack. “You’re always going to feel guilty about something,” she tells Babble, “If there’s one piece of valuable advice I wish I had in the beginning it’s this: allow yourself the guilt. It’s okay. There’s no way around it.”
Benjamin Bratt, father to Mateo and Sophia, is the first to admit that being a dad is tough...but rewarding. “Being a parent is a hard gig. But at the same time, there’s nothing more rewarding than those treasured moments -- the down time, kicking a soccer ball, building a fire in the house of making a meal,” he says.