Meet the People Parents Squad! Celebrity Moms and Dads Share the Best Parenting Advice They Ever Got
“The best parenting advice I’ve ever received was from my own mother who warned me, after raising four children of her own, not to make the mistake of assuming each of my kids would respond well to the same style of parenting. She told me to make an effort to understand and respect my children’s individual needs and adapt my parenting style accordingly to best support their growth and development. She told me that she learned from her own experience that to be the best parent possible we have to parent each child individually and understand that their purpose is specific to their spirits – and no two spirits are the same.”
Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley are parents to daughters Naleigh, 9 and Adelaide, 6, and son Joshua Jr., 18 months. She’s the newest star of Suits and writes about her passions for parenthood, crafting and decor and more on her blog Those Heavenly Days.
“Character is not something you teach to your kids, it’s something you show them. Want a good kid? Be a good adult. Come from a place of love and you can’t go wrong!”
“The best parenting advice I’ve ever gotten is a quote a close friend told me: ‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ It could not be more on point for me as a mom of two little ones! Often I’m looking at the day ahead asking myself, ‘Am I gonna make it through this day? Actually, maybe not.’ Ha! But I always do, and at the end of the day, I’m so exhausted, I basically fall asleep before my head hits the pillow. Then I wake up early and do it all over again. But by the time I get to the end of that week, I cannot believe it’s already over. Not to mention when a whole year goes by! It’s crazy how fast it happens, which has taught me to not take everything so seriously and to enjoy the small moments even through the exhaustion. Before I know it, my babies are going to be moving out of our house to go off to live their own little lives and my home will be quiet again. And then I will really miss having sweet little ones who used to throw food all over me, ruin my furniture, say embarrassing things to strangers and sometimes pee on me. Because I know those really are hilarious and sweet memories I’ll cherish forever – even if I don’t at the time.”
Lauren Akins and her husband Thomas Rhett are parents to daughters Willa Gray, 2, and Ada James, 1. The family is currently on tour with Thomas Rhett, and Lauren is raising money and awareness for the Love One foundation, most recently designing a line of necklaces to support the organization’s mission of supporting children in Uganda, Willa’s birth country.
“The best parenting advice I’ve received thus far came from my brother, who has three kids. He said to try to go away just you and your partner for a weekend every month if possible. Also, to be romantic and get sleep and last but not least— to make sure your relationship stays as a priority too”
“The best parenting advice I received was from my mother. I had my son as a teenager and she told me that parenting was hard, but it was important to teach your child that unconditional love was the key to a good relationship. It’s the reason why she was incredibly supportive of me when I came to her at such a young age with the news that I was going to be a mother.”
“When my first child was born, my dear friend told me, ‘No baby ever died from just crying.’ Sound harsh? Perhaps, but in all of its bluntness, it has been one of the best pieces of advice for me to stay calm while my children cry. It reminds me that there is an end in sight and to not escalate the situation with my own stress, but rather take a deep breath, relax my shoulders and attend to my baby in a calm way. Any parent knows the shriek of a child can drive you crazy. Keeping this quote in my mind always gives me perspective that this is a moment, and it will be ok.”
Hilaria Baldwin and her husband Alec Baldwin are parents to Romeo, 3 months, Leo, 23 months, Rafael, 3, and Carmen, 5. She is a fitness expert and author of The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life.
KIMBERLY VAN DER BEEK
“The best parenting advice I’ve received was from a woman I sat next to on an airplane while pregnant with Olivia. She told me ‘A lot of people will tell you how having kids is hard and a drag. But I loved it! I loved and cherished every minute of it. When they were babies, toddlers, when they got older. It was all blissful and it still is. They’re my best friends now. You’re allowed to feel like having children is fun and you’re allowed to love it!’
It seems so simple. But whenever I do feel like it’s getting hard and I’m tired, I find myself often going back to that conversation I had on the plane 8 years ago. It always gives me a deep appreciation for the family I’ve created and the different phases of our lives together.”
“The best parenting advice I’ve ever gotten was from my sister Raya. She told me that the most important and best money I will ever spend is on childcare – even if it’s expensive and hard to budget for. For instance, she told me that she spends more on childcare then on her mortgage. And to be completely honest with you guys, she and her family make just enough to get by. I think that rings true for many people – working just to pay for childcare. And that’s just so her children go to daycare in the four days a week so she can work – even on the days she works at home. But she is so right! It truly is the best money you can spend. We just invested in childcare for the first time this past month and the sanity that it’s brought back into my life is worth every penny. That doesn’t mean parenting is easy now. It’s far from it. I went from completely losing my mind to only being mildly overwhelmed each day. Ha! And I’ll take the latter!”
Ali Fedotowsky-Manno and her husband Kevin Manno are parents to daughter Molly, 2, and son Riley, 2 months. She is a lifestyle blogger and an alumna of The Bachelorette, and is currently partnering with Philips Avent to bring you her favorite product picks.
“From my mom: Listen to your gut. You will always know what to do in the end. Also, wine is very good to have on hand!”
Jamie-Lynn Sigler and her husband Cutter Dykstra are parents to sons Beau, 4, and Jack, 7 months. She is an actress whose current project is Hunting Season.
KYM JOHNSON HERJAVEC
“My mum gave me the advice to try and keep a good sense of humor! I realized pretty quickly you have to see the funny side in being a new parent. From trying to finesse breastfeeding two babies at the same time, pumping, changing poopy diapers, all with sleep deprivation – I was so sleep deprived the first four weeks all those moments are a blur! I do, however, remember walking down stairs to have a tea with my husband and I had no idea I’d sprung a leak: My hair was all messed up, probably had spit up on my clothes and a leaky boob! Robert just burst out laughing and I had no idea why! When he told me, we had a big laugh and a hug. It’s those moments I look back on and love.”
Kym Johnson Herjavec and her husband Robert Herjavec are parents to twins Hudson and Haven, three months. The couple met on Dancing with the Stars, and in addition to being a pro dancer she owns the L.A.-based gym The Bod by Kym Johnson and wrote the book The 5-6-7-8 Diet.
CATHERINE GIUDICI LOWE
“The best parenting advice that I have received is from my mother. She told me to always trust my instincts – and’ You’ve got this’!”
Tia Mowry-Hardrict and husband Cory Hardrict are parents to son Cree, 7, and daughter Cairo, three months. She is an actress whose next project is Indivisible.
NICOLE ARI PARKER AND BORIS KODJOE
“I was pregnant with my second child when Sophie was just 10 months old. So the kids are only 19 months apart.
We hired Rosie who was supposed to be a short-term nanny to help out with both babies. I was completely overwhelmed. One day both kids were in a state crying their eyes out. Rosie could see I was clueless about what to do and I started crying too. She just looked at me as she calmly picked up Nico in one arm and took the hand of Sophie with the other and said ‘Don’t worry Nikki, it’s no big deal. This is the time for crying.’
For some reason we got it. They are babies. Babies cry. Soon enough they’ll be big and the world won’t let them cry their eyes out anymore. Boris and I calmed all the way down…and breathed deeply as We held onto this wisdom through the next 11 years. They’re in 7th and 8th grade now…and needless to say, they rarely cry anymore. As parents we kinda miss them needing us to wipe their faces and, well, Rosie is still an important part of all of our lives.”
“My New Year’s resolution is to be less stressed and not to worry about the little things. Becoming a mom has been such a blessing and has come with so many new challenges. I would also like to expand our family in 2019!”
Heidi Pratt and her husband Spencer Pratt are parents to son Gunner, 14 months. The Hills alumna has a jewelry line, Stone Love, and is currently working with her husband on a podcast called Make Speidi Famous Again.
“’Just add water.’ Not sure where I heard it, but whenever my kids are cranky, water is the answer: a bath, the pool, a hose or sprinkler, dancing in the rain, a popsicle or warm tea (and cookies). Water cures all.”
“After working in public health for years and raising three kids of her own, my dearest friend Jessica Goldberg became a postpartum doula, parent educator and lactation specialist. She’s provided me with endless advice and wisdom over the years on everything from feeding and sleeping to managing stress and toddler tantrums. But the most valuable thing she ever taught me was to trust myself as a mom. She’s always maintained that no matter how much chatter, conflicting info and opinions are coming at you everyday about how to raise your children, no one knows them better than you. Going with your gut on decisions, both large and small, will lead you to the right outcome. This may take some courage but it’s the best resource we have. Also! Teaching your kids good sleeping habits from the start makes for much happier moms and dads!”
“I remember my uncle telling me this once and it was so true. Everyone is always going to try and give you advice and tell you what to expect with kids. Most of it is true, but multiply it all by 1,000 and that’s what it’s really like. Until it’s your kid you will never really understand what parenting is like. It’s always much more than anyone can prepare you for. The love you feel, along with the challenges can never be simplified by someone else.”
Eric Winter and his wife Roselyn Sanchez are parents to daughter Sebella, 6, and son Dylan, 9 months. He is an actor whose next project is The Rookie; he also has a children’s book, Sebi and the Land of Cha Cha Cha.
EVA AMURRI MARTINO
“The best parenting advice I ever got was from my midwife! She told me to trust my instincts and that a mother’s intuition is an extremely powerful thing. As women and Moms we know our kids and our families better than anybody else and all are different!”
CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO
“The best advice I got was from my mother: ‘Every time you get a free moment, sleep. You’re going to need it…'”
Christy Carlson Romano and her husband Brendan Rooney are parents to daughter Isabella, 22 months, and are expecting their second in February. She is an actress whose latest project is Big Hero 6: The Series and will be seen in next year’s Kim Possible movie, and blogs at ChristyCarlsonRomano.com.
JESSIE JAMES DECKER
“The best parenting advice I’ve ever received is to not listen to unsolicited parenting advice! Trust yourself. You know what’s best for your child. Follow your heart and when you need it ask for help. But never let other people’s idea of parenting detour you from what your heart tells you is best for your children. Remember they are your children! You got this.”
“From my sister: Anything that incites discomfort or a negative reaction to your kids’ behavior is merely a reflection of something that you don’t like or approve of about yourself. Discipline is, of course, important. But the sooner we realize that they are merely mirrors and the most powerful tool to help us in our own growth journey, the easier it gets.”
Marcela Valladolid is raising sons Fausto, 14, and David, 3, and daughter Anna, 20 months, with fiancé Philip Button. She is a Food Network star who hosts The Kitchen, judges Best Baker in America and has her own show, Mexican Made Easy.
Peta Murgatroyd and her husband Maks Chmerkovskiy are parents to son Shai, 19 months. The Dancing With the Stars pros just wrapped a 50-city tour for their show Maks & Val & Peta (bringing Shai along for the ride), has a line of skincare called Peta Jane and stars in the upcoming film Faith, Hope & Love.