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You can navigate the everyday challenges of motherhood with a little reassurance and advice from one mother to another. As celebrities share their secrets  behind closed doors, with advice on navigating everyday parenting struggles.

While celebrities may share the glamour and fortune of their Hollywood lifestyles, their parenting styles  differ vastly.  With more access than ever into the lives of celebs behind closed doors, we have gathered their best advice on how to tackle the everyday challenges, as well as the everyday rewards of motherhood. There’s no handbook for successful mothering, but from Chrissy Teigen‘s bath time hacks to Beyonce teaching by example, these mothers have a few tips and advice to make everyday a little easier for all.

Chrissy Teigen (35 yo)

Children: Luna Simone Stephens (5yo), Miles Theodore Stephens (3yo)

@chrissyteigen

Chrissy Teigen isn’t one to shy away from the spotlight. Her Twitter escapades in particular, have made her infamous for her controversial and unfiltered nature. However, it’s Chrissy’s relatable and transparent parenting, or as she likes to call it, “de-motivational” speaking that offers lasting impression and inspiration to mothers everywhere. 

A bath time trick shared by Chrissy offers help to eliminate the shock and trouble of cleaning up. Chrissy shared that gently wrapping your baby (swaddled to your chest) and lowering them into the water while you enter as well, will provide the comfort and eliminate the bath time struggle for both mum and bub.

Teigen also shared some of her everyday advice with  SheKnows stating,

It’s important for us to come together and understand that there’s no perfect way to do something, There’s a million different ways to raise a child, and that’s fine.”

 

Chrissy Twitter Share:

8:00 PM · Jun 27, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

“only I can understand my kid. she’s like “BDIDKDKODKDHJXUDHEJSLOSJDHDUSJMSOZUZUSJSIXOJ”  and I’m like “ok I will get you a piece of sausage in just a minute”

 

Reese Witherspoon (45 yo)

Children: Ava Elizabeth Philippe (22yo), Tennessee James Toth (9yo), Deacon Reese Philippe (17yo)

@reesewitherspoon

Reese Witherspoon knows there’s no such thing as perfection in motherhood, and all mothers can share in the reassurance that not even Hollywood’s leading ladies always know how to navigate the unknown.

She states, “No one’s really doing it perfectly. I think you love your kids with your whole heart, and you do the best you possibly can.”

Reese places emphasis on finding a strong support network stating, “I depend on the kindness and support of my mom friends…It’s really about your support system, your family structure.”

 

Beyonce (40 yo)

Children: Blue Ivy Carter (9yo), Rumi Carter (4yo), Sir Carter (4yo)

@beyonce

Fierce and bold, Beyonce utilises her distinctive persona in her everyday parenting practices. Offering some of the most powerful advice on parenting in the contemporary age she states,

I let my children know that they are never too young to contribute to changing the world. I never underestimate their thoughts and feelings, and I check in with them to understand how this is affecting them.”

Helping her children feel empowered to change the world and modelling that same behaviour herself.

 

Blake Lively (34 yo)

Children: James Reynolds (6yo), Inez Reynolds (5yo), Betty Reynolds (12 months)

@blakelively

One of Hollywood’s Golden Couples, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are renowned for their reasonably confidential parenting style.  Lively however, took to instagram to share advice on the importance of CPR for parents stating, “All mamas and daddies out there—I can’t recommend this enough. I took a CPR class with a focus on babies and toddlers, for those of you who haven’t done it, you will love it. It’s so helpful by giving you knowledge, tools, and some peace of mind.”

However, even when prepared, Lively knows to expect the unexpected. She states in an interview with The Los Angeles Times,

Having a baby is just living in the constant unexpected. You never know when you’re gonna get crapped on or when you’re gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics.”

 

Angelina Jolie (46  yo)

Children: Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt (20yo) adopted in 2002, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt (17yo) adopted 2007, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (16yo) adopted 2005, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (15yo), Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt (13yo)

@angelinajolie

Although no longer married,  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were one of the most iconic Hollywood couples of the past two decades. Pitt and Jolie have six kids, three biological children and three who are adopted.

Jolie shares tips about parenting throughout the pandemic stating, “Like most parents, I focus on staying calm so my children don’t feel anxiety from me on top of all the worrying about.”

Jolie shares her worldly wisdom and advice as a reminder to mothers that even in the chaos of life, it’s the simple moments and time spent with your children that matter most. Stating,

Sometimes, when I want to take on the world, I try to remember that it’s just as important to sit down and ask my son how he’s feeling or talk to him about life.”

 

Dianne Keaton (75 yo)

Children: Dexter Keaton (26yo) adopted in 1996,  Duke Keaton (21yo) adopted in 2001

@diane_keaton

Motherhood comes in all different shapes, sizes and ages.  Dianne Keaton is just one example, at the age of 50 adopting her daughter Dexter, and five years later adopting her son Duke.

The now 75 year old, is renowned for her matriarch roles on the big screen, and that ripples into her everyday lifestyle. She states, “I had a career and I came to motherhood late and am not married and have never had such a trusting relationship with a man – and trust is where the real power of love comes from. A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience.”

Motherhood has completely changed me. It’s just about like the most completely humbling experience that I’ve ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.”

Jlo (52 yo)

Children: Emme Maribel Muñiz (13yo), Maximilian David Muñiz (13yo)

@jlo

Multi-talented and determined mother of two, Jennifer Lopez shares on her socials it was her mother that ingrained in her the power of believing in yourself.  She took to instagram on Mothers Day stating, “It was my mom who instilled in us at a very young age that we could do anything. This was something that has really stayed with me. Being a mom is my greatest joy, and today I think about my mommy and all the moms out there. This is your day, and I hope you are surrounded by love, gratitude and appreciation… enjoy it!”

Jlo also knows that it’s experience that drives wisdom stating,

You cannot imagine what it’s like to be a mom until you are a mom. I used to give my friends who have kids advice all the time, and they would look at me like I had three heads. And then, when I had you two, the minute I had you two, I literally apologized to all my friends.”

 

Nicole Kidman (54 yo)

Children: Isabella Jane Cruise (28yo), Connor Cruise (26yo), Suri Cruise (15yo), Sunday Rose Kidman Urban (13yo)

@nicolekidman

Australian golden girl, Nicole Kidman knows that motherhood can be a struggle of instinct and experience.

She states,

My instinct is to protect my children from pain. But adversity is often the thing that gives us character and backbone. It’s always been a struggle for me to back off and let my children go through difficult experiences.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 54-year-old states a rule that has made her “unpopular” with Sunday Rose, 10  and Faith Margaret, eight, “They don’t have a phone and I don’t allow them to have an Instagram,” she told the magazine. “I try to keep some sort of boundaries.”  Kidman also states she raises her children in a very religious household.

 

Kate Hudson (42 yo)

Children: Ryder Robinson (17 yo),Bingham Hawn Bellamy (10 yo), Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa (2 yo) 

@katehudson

Following in her mothers footsteps, Kate Hudson rose to the big screen acting predominantly in rom-coms.  However, raised by the free-spirited Goldie Hawn, many are surprised by Kate’s motherhood method of discipline. 

In an interview with PEOPLE, she states,“Where I am strict is that there are certain rules that I put down. I don’t negotiate with my kids about certain things.” 

She states, “What I realised about that is that when you set that standard in your home, you don’t end up in long-winded negotiations. When I say no, it’s done.” Adding that she is “very, very strict about manners”.  For Kate there is no tolerance whatsoever for untruths. “I have no tolerance for lying,” she shares. “The tiny lies or the big ones.” 

And while Kate’s no nonsense approach might seem tough, that it doesn’t mean she doesn’t let her kids make mistakes. “When it comes to your feelings or emotions … I’m very open, I give my children a lot of space to make mistakes.” 

“Parenting shifts as your kids shift. The best thing for me has been throwing any kind of parenting manual out of the window.”

 

Kim Kardashian (41 yo)

Children: North West (8yo), Saint West (5yo), Chicago West (3yo), Psalm West (2yo)

@kimkardashian

American personality, socialite, model and businesswoman Kim Kardashian is not shy of the public eye. Sharing her family life on screen and now her family through her socials Kim’s open lifestyle includes sharing her greatest attributions of motherhood.

Kim’s breastfeeding hack offers mums a solution to sibling rivalry. When her son Saint was born, Kim explains her daughter North was extremely jealous explaining on the Ellen Degeneres show she would slip a milk box with straw into her bra for North whilst breastfeeding Saint.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shares she relies and recommends on leaning on your family, stating she often turns to her four sisters for support.

“I have such unconditional love for my kids. No matter what, I will always love them and support them in anything they choose to do in life. My family was so close growing up; now that I’m a mom, I understand the bond my mom and dad felt with us,”

I recently took my 10 year old daughter and 7 year old son on a trip of a lifetime to California.

Not wanting to venture too far in the three weeks I had allocated to spend in the States with my two children, we focused on spending time in southern California and Las Vegas.

We began in downtown LA which has the finest museums, including Broad Museum of Contemporary Art, which has free public admission to a vast collection of works, and the California Science Center, which has Apollo and Gemini Space capsules on display, Fighter jets hanging from the ceiling, the Space Shuttle, Endeavour, and a stunning rose garden for the kids to run around.

We visited Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust which was confronting, viewing original artefacts and reading the personal accounts from Holocaust survivors, creating an appreciation of the ‘realness’ of this monolithic event.

We visited Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust www.lamoth.org which was confronting, viewing original artefacts and reading the personal accounts from Holocaust survivors.

The Brea Tar Pits and Museum was interesting. The tar pits are open air bubbling pools of liquid tar are a mass graveyard, stacked with the bones of giant ice age animals that stumbled into the tar pits and drowned more than 20,000 years ago. In the museum we were dwarfed by rare and complete skeletons of Woolly mammoths, giant sloths and sabre tooth tigers that actually roamed central Los Angeles tens of thousands of years ago.

We stayed in West Hollywood for a few nights which enabled us to do the obligatory Walk of Fame and a tour of Hollywood where we glimpsed the hedges, walls and gates from which Hollywood’s rich and famous dwell, among whom included Katie Perry, Justin Timberlake, Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen, Gwen Stefani, Simon Cowell and drive through the exclusive Beverley Hills, roamed through the iconic Rodeo Drive and enjoyed a glass of bubbly and fresh seafood at dusk on Sunset Boulevard.

Universal Studios was an unexpected highlight – it was fantastic – with interactive adventures, thrills and phenomenal special effects.

Universal Studios was an unexpected highlight – it was fantastic – with interactive adventures, thrills and phenomenal special effects. It comprises theme-park rollercoasters, rides and shows, all within the setting of well-known movies and TV series.

We were haunted by a nightmarish journey through the zombie world of The Walking Dead, and surprised and thrilled by cheeky fun and surprises during Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and then cooled off from the water thrown about during the spectacular WaterWorld show, which features fire, water eruptions, explosions, jet skis, acrobatics and incredible stunts.

Our courage was tested on a terrifying adventure through Jurassic Park (without a doubt, this is the scariest roller coaster I have ever been on) and we were spooked by a chilling tunnel ride through Revenge of the Mummy. Universal’s newest edition includes Hogsmeade and Hogwarts castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

We stayed in Anaheim which was very convenient for us to walk to Disneyland on the two days we had allocated. This was only just enough time to experience both the original Disneyland Park as well as Disney California Adventure Park www.disneyland.disney.go.com

The original Disneyland Park was my favourite with nostalgic romance of yesteryear with olde worlde candy shops and quaint streets, a fairyland and the enchanted Sleeping Beauty castle.

The original Disneyland Park was my favourite with nostalgic romance of yesteryear with olde worlde candy shops and quaint streets, a fairyland and the enchanted Sleeping Beauty castle.

Rides and experiences were numerous – from the dizzying Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland, through to the original personalities of Mickey Mouse and Daffy Duck. It really is a magical wonderland with eight themed lands, each hosting authentic adventures ranging from Mark Twain’s riverboat, a haunted mansion where the walls get smaller, the eerie carousel of the Pirates of the Caribbean and a lifelike Jungle Cruise. It’s a place of storybooks and dreams, and, a Bucket List must.

My son was six and just old enough, while my 10 year old daughter relished every moment and I was able to relive the romance of childhood.

We hired a car and drove out to Las Vegas from Anaheim which was a fun way to see some outback countryside, including driving through the Valley of Death during a heatwave. We stopped off at a ghost town, Calico, the remnants of a Gold Rush era, preserved as it would have been from the early 1900s, just before it was deserted. It is definitely worth taking the 10-minute drive off the highway and through the dirt track and tumbleweeds to experience this authentic time warp.

We stopped off at a ghost town, Calico, the remnants of a Gold Rush era, preserved as it would have been from the early 1900s, just before it was deserted.

Driving through the wastelands of desolate land and cacti and then arriving in a city of sin, Las Vegas, set in the desert of lights, thrills and entertainment, was a sensory experience.

The stimulation and excess was fascinating – the flamboyant show girls parading on the evening streets, the spectacular lights and music, and of course the casinos which we walked through on our way to feast on the magnificent buffet dinners.

A highlight was visiting The Sugar Factory – a modern, real life improvement on Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. Iridescent blue cocktails steaming with frozen ice, rainbow sliders (Mini Burgers served on colourful buns), Lollipop Passion and Fried Macaroni & Cheese Pop were some of the flamboyant items on the menu.

A highlight was visiting The Sugar Factory – a modern, real life improvement on Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.

It is truly a creative masterpiece made from lollies, chocolate, soft drinks and fried food, endorsed by celebrities, including Katie Perry, the Kardashians, Mariah Carey and Brittney Spears.

Our primary purpose for visiting San Diego was to experience Legoland California and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. This zoo was amazing – Gorillas, flamingos, pandas, wolves, sloths and even polar bears call this place home. We had a personal tour on a buggy which was very special as we got to learn about penguins, get close to a baby armadillo and feed a strange camel-like creature which had an abnormally long tongue!

Legoland was my son’s favourite activity on our 5-week trip to America and Mexico. It was certainly impressive and suitable for children of all ages as well as adults, with 50 rides, shows and attractions, including a water park to cool off at the end of the day and Sea Life Aquarium. We enjoyed the 4D Legomovie, which was a 4D sensory experience! The Safari Trek and Jay’s Lightning Drill were lots of fun and the kids really loved the Driving School where they were able to drive their own little cars and receive their very own Driver’s Licence.

I felt like I should be dressed in fringe flapper and pearls as I walked through the magnificent lobby of the iconic Biltmore Millennium Hotel in Los Angeles, where movie stars and the rich and famous have mingled since the 1920s.

Think Great Gatsby.

The opulence was charming – crystal chandeliers, marble water fountains, gold décor, murals and black and white photographs featuring famous movie stars and politicians of yesteryear, including Walt Disney, JFK and Ronald Reagan.

The Biltmore is old Hollywood glamour, and has been the setting of many Hollywood movies, presidential campaigns and historic events including the first eight Academy Awards, and continues to feature movie and television filming on property, including Taylor Swift’s music video.

The hotel exudes the legendary style of Hollywood of the 20’s and 30’s throughout, with the Roman-bath pool, sauna and spa in the Health Centre and bay windows, embossed ceilings and grand mirrors in the luxurious suites.

The hotel exudes the legendary style of Hollywood of the 20’s and 30’s throughout.

My children lavished the VIP experience of Club Lounge access, which offered long views of a local park, art deco furnishings, gentle music and complimentary breakfast, morning and afternoon tea with tea, coffee, delicious desserts and fruits, and (my favourite) cocktail hour inclusive of wine, beer, soft drinks and delectable hors d’oeuvres.

 

This hotel is well-positioned for tourists in Downtown LA – a stone’s throw from the Walt Disney Theatre and concert hall – and within easy walking distance to top museums and art galleries.

For more information visit www.millenniumhotels.com