The Material Mommy makes Lourdes wear day-old clothes, while Guy eats humble pie

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 17, 2005 08:00 AM

Madonna’s latest documentary, I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, airs Friday on MTV, but the Material Mom – rarely known for her discretion – is already uncovering some hidden tales about herself when it comes to keeping her kids in line.

“When Daddy gets home, they get chocolate,” Madonna, 47, tells Newsweek about her and husband Guy Richie’s child-rearing techniques for 9-year-old Lourdes and 5-year-old Rocco. “I’m the disciplinarian.”

How tough is she as a Mommy Dearest? Very. Off-limits to the children are TV and magazines – not to mention milk and ice cream.

The real battle seems to be over laundry. Should Lourdes dare to leave dirty clothes on the floor, Madonna tells the magazine, “We take all of her clothes and put them in a bag, and she has to earn all of her clothes back by being tidy. … She wears the same outfit every day to school until she learns her lesson.”

Not that Madonna confines her disciplinary action to her children. As Richie, 37, reveals to Britain’s Glamour magazine, his wife has reined in his habit of spending three nights a week at a pub (though he hints that he still spends two nights a week there).

Of life with his wife, he says: “Ultimately it boils down to the same thing all relationships boil down to – eating humble pie. I sometimes eat quite a lot. But, however bitter it might taste, it’s the best pie. It’s on the menu constantly for both parties.”

Madonna, meanwhile, releases her new album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, on Nov. 15, but this week the wheels are in motion to start promoting the disc and its first single, “Hung Up.” The song debuts Monday on MTV’s Total Request Live.