You’ve read all of the go-to parenting books and you turn to your mum and friends for advice – But which parenting tips do mums in the spotlight live by?
‘My mother gives me great advice every day. For instance, good manners are very important. And treat others how you want to be treated. Children learn this from their parents.’
‘I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it; It's just so good for the baby and good for yourself.’
‘I wear scarves, mostly because it's an accessory that can dress up an outfit. But it's also because if my baby has an accident I can cover that accident up.’
‘Everybody gives you a lot of advice when you are pregnant, which I find a tiny bit annoying, so I'm not going to give any.’
‘I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not – I think that is just bad parenting. Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth.’
‘I'm not someone who [lives] like, “OK, this is a museum and you can't sit here and you can't touch this and everything has to be put in its place” — [the kids] live here as much as we do. You come into our house and a giant elephant and lion are welcoming you. We have toys and things everywhere.’
Sarah Jessica Parker
‘As a working mother high heels don't really fit into my life anymore — but in a totally wonderful way. I would much rather think about my son than myself.’□□
‘I'm strict about manners. I think that kids have a horrible time with other people if they have bad manners.... The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time.’□□
‘I've never met a 2-year-old who is terrible. I'm so cool with every stage my daughter goes through. I just think she's amazing. I hope she's not looking at me thinking, Mom, are the terrible 30s coming on with you?’
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