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25 Top Celebrity Parenting Tips From The Stars

Section: Celebrity Mums

As a new parent, you’ll take all the advice you can get to navigate parenthood – and celebrities provide plenty of it. From Tess Daly to Barak Obama, famous parents are happy to share their tips and experiences and the advice they received.

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1. Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth encourages mums to acknowledge when they need help. ‘Be open to any help,’ the actress says. ‘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.’ [REX]
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2. Heidi Klum

Model mum Heidi advises parents to ‘roll with the flow’, saying, ‘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.’ [REX]
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3. Alicia Silverstone

'It passes so quickly, so enjoy every moment,’ says Clueless star Alicia. [REX]
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4. Angelina Jolie

Angelina believes that ‘children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish.’ The actress and mum of six says, ‘I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting….’ [REX]
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5. Tom Cruise

The Mission Impossible actor lets his daughter Suri dress herself. ‘Listen, I believe that she (should wear) whatever she wants to wear,’ he says. ‘She dresses herself. I want to encourage her creativity and her own self-expression. I think that’s important for the child’s own identity.’ [REX]
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6. Ewan McGregor

'Pay attention,’ advises Ewan. ‘I recognise it can be boring to play with young children – to tell a story over and over again, let’s say – but the secret is being there. If you’ve made a decision to play with your children, then play with them. Don’t be looking through papers on your desk or sneaking off to the computer. Turn off your BlackBerry. Lose yourself in their world. Even if you do it for a short time, it will mean a lot to you and to them.’ [REX]
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7. Felicity Huffman

The Desperate Housewives star told, ‘I was always afraid that when my husband and I had kids he would forget about me and only focus on the children, but in fact I am the one too focused on them, and he has to say to me “Hey, we need some couple's time! Remember me! I'm the guy you married!”’ [REX]
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8. Kate Hudson

Mum-of-two Kate Hudson follows her own mum Goldie Hawn’s parenting style. The actress told Elle, ‘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.’ [REX]
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9. Julia Roberts

‘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 ‘I’m able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point.’ [REX]
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10. Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields admits to being a no-nonsense parent. ‘Trust me when I tell you I’m on my girls,’ she said. ‘And every time I am, I know from the outside it looks like I’m an overbearing, controlling parent. But I don’t think we are responsible to anybody but our kids and ourselves.’ [REX]
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11. Julianne Moore

Julianne advises parents to let their kids form their own opinions. ‘You have to work really hard to give a child a prejudice,’ the actress told CNN. ‘Children are naturally born without one. So, if the reality of gay families is kind of out there, if they see families living this way, then it's completely natural and normal for them.’ [REX]
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12. Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada tries to let her kids make their own decisions, saying, ‘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.’ [REX]
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13. Katherine Heigl

If your baby struggles to sleep, Katherine’s advice may come in handy. ‘We use a big standing fan,’ the former Greys Anatomy actress told People. ‘We put it on high wattage to drown out everything. Her bedroom is right over the kitchen and living room area so you can really hear us down there when we are watching TV. My mother taught me that. She said she used to leave a vacuum running in the baby’s room and it really works.’ [REX]
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14. Tess Daly

Teaching your children morals is imperative, says Tess. ‘Teach your kids to be good and teach them great morals – they won’t go far wrong,’ she says. [REX]
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15. Calista Flockhart

The mum of one is all for still being you. ‘If you stay at home with a toddler 24/7, you get mush-brain,’ says the former Ally McBeal star. [REX]
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16. Salma Hayek

Salma says that all parents should put their kids to bed every night, ‘because one day you won’t be able to and it’s going to happen really fast.’ [REX]
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17. Sophie Ellis-Bextor

‘As a mum, you can’t be too hard on yourself,’ advises the Murder on the Dancefloor singer, who’s mum to three. [REX]
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18. Barack Obama

The US president revealed to an Ohio radio station that he made sure that Jay-Z ‘was helping Beyoncé out and not leaving it all with mum and the mother-in-law.’ [REX]
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19. Will Smith

‘We don’t do punishment,’ explains the Men In Black star. ‘The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible… So when they do things — and you know, Jaden, he’s done things — you can do anything you want as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life.’ [REX]
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20. Lisa Kudrow

The former Friends actress has some advice about birth. ‘For anyone who’s about to give birth, let me say this: There will be a couple of weeks afterwards when you’ll feel terrible, but don’t freak out because it will pass.’ [REX]
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21. Madonna

Madonna says that being a working parent is hard, but doable. ‘You have to be very disciplined to handle both your work and your children. I find it hard enough just managing my daughter, much less my career.’ [REX]
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22. Emma Thompson

‘I think the main thing is not to listen to what anybody else tells you about giving birth, because it always sounds like a disaster,’ warns the Love Actually actress, who’s mum to Tindyebwa and Gaia with actor husband Greg Wise. [REX]
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23. Victoria Beckham

VB advises other mums that while parenthood is incredible – it can be addictive. ‘Motherhood is the best thing to happen to me and I would recommend it to anyone, but the problem with having a baby is you want another one,’ the designer says. [REX]
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24. Patsy Palmer

The Eastenders actress stresses the important of giving your baby a routine. ‘You really need to have a routine,’ she says, admitting, ‘It’s a bit boring at times and we certainly don’t go out anymore.’ [REX]
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25. Mel B

Singer Mel B has some great encouragement for working mums, saying, ‘You can definitely go out and work, and do your thing as well as being a good mum.’ [REX]

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to other mums? Let us know in the comments box below.

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