March 22, 2010 08:00 AM

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She’s been a red-carpet staple alongside mom Joan Rivers, but Melissa Rivers is determined to teach her son to never take anything for granted.

“[I want to teach him to] never have a sense of entitlement,” she tells Babble.

The lesson is one she has taught Edgar Cooper, 9, since he was young — and was the cause of his first public tantrum in the airport!

“There was something he wanted in the store, something he already had,” the author of Red Carpet Ready: Secrets for Making the Most of Any Moment You’re in the Spotlight recalls.

“I [told him no,] and he threw himself down in the middle of the concourse.”

Taking the moment in stride, Rivers let the scene play out.

“I stood there, put one foot on either side of him so nobody would step on him, and people walked by, saying, ‘Oh, you too?'”

And while Rivers tries her best to keep up her household rules — which include no playing in the living room and no dragging dirty hands across the walls — she admits the hardest part of raising Cooper is having to find a balance with his father John Endicott.

“I’m a single parent or co-parent, that horrible term they use, so talking with my ex-husband about things we have different opinions on and staying consistent with rules for [Cooper is my biggest challenge].”

— Anya Leon

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