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The Worst Parenting Advice I Ever Got


  • Neil Patrick Harris: Youll fall in love with your kids when you first lay eyes on them. 1 of 9
    Neil Patrick Harris: Youll fall in love with your kids when you first lay eyes on them.
    After adopting twin boys with partner David Burtka, the star of How I Met Your Mother expected to feel overwhelmed with awe. Unfortunately that didn’t exactly happen. "Everyone said, 'When you see them, you're going to look into their eyes, and you'll never feel love burst forth like you feel and I’m like, ‘Not so much,'” Harris admitted on The Talk. “’Not so much' because I’m a caregiver and that’s super cool but when they look at you, they’re just still so young.”
  • Ally Sheedy: Keep your kids on a tight leash. 2 of 9
    Ally Sheedy: Keep your kids on a tight leash.
    “The worst parenting advice is probably over-controlling. Every other word including when the kid is little is ‘No.’ No this, no that, no the other thing. You need to explore the world and I don’t think it’s horrible if a kid gets crayon on the couch. If she wants to climb a tree, then I’m standing there with my hands under her. I don’t think you need to make a kid nervous about the world itself.”
  • Shirly Brener: Kids need strict eating and sleeping schedules. 3 of 9
    Shirly Brener: Kids need strict eating and sleeping schedules.
    “Kids need strict schedules of sleep and eat,” is what the star of Righteous Kill identifies as the worst parenting advice. “Adults just don’t trust that kids will know when they are tired or hungry, but if you give them the freedom to communicate they will. My kid goes to bed whenever she is tired. Some nights it’s 8pm and some nights it’s 11…She is independent and knows what’s right for her. It’s never a problem in our family.”
  • Alec Baldwin: You should be your kids best friend. 4 of 9
    Alec Baldwin: You should be your kids best friend.
    “It will be ironic for some people, but I’m going to write a parenting book,” Baldwin told Celebritybabyscoop.com. “We’re at, not a crisis, but an awful place right now in terms of parenting. People are raising their children with the belief that we need to be friends with our children. Kids have too much power and call too many of the shots, telling their parents what they will and won’t do.”
  • Jerry Seinfeld, star of Seinfeld: Fix all of your kids problems. 5 of 9
    Jerry Seinfeld, star of Seinfeld: Fix all of your kids problems.
    “Problem-solving is the most important skill to develop for success in life, and we, for some reason, can’t stand it if our kids have a situation that they need to ‘fix,’” the comedian told Parade. “Let them struggle — it’s a gift.”
  • Sharon Osbourne: Let them cry it out. 6 of 9
    Sharon Osbourne: Let them cry it out.
    “I think that’s the biggest misconception. People say ‘Just let them cry. Leave them.’ I could never do it. I could just never ever do it,” Osbourne admitted on The Talk.
  • Ricky Martin: Don’t reveal your sexuality. 7 of 9
    Ricky Martin: Don't reveal your sexuality.
    When the pop star and father of two decided to come out of the closet earlier this year, despite advice to the contrary, he said his sons were his inspiration. “Many people told me: ‘Ricky it's not important,’ ‘It's not worth it,’ ‘all the years you've worked and everything you've built will collapse,’” Martin wrote on his personal blog. “…To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with. Enough is enough. This has to change…Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.”
  • Samantha Bee: Overencourage your kids. 8 of 9
    Samantha Bee: Overencourage your kids.
    When asked if the comedienne and her equally funny husband plan to get their kids involved in the performing arts, The Daily Show star opened up about what’s wrong with kids today. “Children already feel like they're the center of the universe,” Bee told Babble. “They don't need a whole network of people encouraging that on top of what they already feel.”
  • Aaron McCargo: Limit what you feed your kids. 9 of 9
    Aaron McCargo: Limit what you feed your kids.
    “The worst parenting advice I ever received was to be careful what I feed my children because as they grow their palates change and they may grow up to hate certain foods,” says Aaron McCargo, host of Big Daddy’s House on the Food Network. “Experience has taught me introducing different foods to children at an early age will help them to develop their palates and give them a good sense of taste and an open mind about trying new things.”
    For family-friendly recipes from McCargo and the rest of the Food Network gang, check out our story here.

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