Exclusive! Celebs Reveal Their No-Fail Parenting Philosophy


  • Teri Hatcher 1 of 21
    Teri Hatcher
    Don't try to be perfect. Life isn't; no one is. Use mistakes and mishaps as opportunities to grow tolerance and to teach. There is such a thing as happy accidents. And love, love, love and listen, listen, listen.
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  • Amanda Beard 2 of 21
    Amanda Beard
    I’m still new [to parenting]; Blaise is only six months, so it’s learn-as-you-go. I try to take everything in stride and enjoy it.
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  • Candace Cameron Bure 3 of 21
    Candace Cameron Bure
    Rules, rules, rules! I’m a tough mom. I hope I balance love with being tough, but the rules are there for [my kids’] best interest, to guide them. We definitely have a structured home and a schedule — it works the best. With kids who are 11, 10 and 8 years old, I definitely err more on
    the conservative side.
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  • Carnie Wilson 4 of 21
    Carnie Wilson
    You can never give your child too much love and praise, and, at the same time, it’s important to build their self-esteem. There are people of all different shapes and sizes, and I try to teach Lola that people aren’t as sensitive as she is. She’s almost five, and that’s the age kids in school start to tease each other. It hurts her. I try to teach her that you can have thick skin but still be sensitive.
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  • Denise Richards 5 of 21
    Denise Richards
    I let my kids be kids. If they put together an outfit that’s mismatched, I let them wear it. To them it looks good, and I love that. I believe in having somewhat of a schedule — we eat dinner at the same time and they go to bed at the same time (I make exceptions when it isn't a school night!). When they do something to hurt each others’ feelings, they have to apologize.
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  • Dina Manzo 6 of 21
    Dina Manzo
    Put your kids first. That’s what I do, no matter what. When I was a single mother, I worked two jobs. Anything I do, I do with her in mind. Every decision I make, I think of her first and how it’s going to affect her. My mom did that with her eleven kids, and we’re all great, respectful people.
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  • Jennie Garth 7 of 21
    Jennie Garth
    Consistency. Kids need routine — have a bedtime, stick to it, do your homework before you turn on the TV. I’m very old-fashioned.
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  • Jennifer Weiner 8 of 21
    Jennifer Weiner
    If they’ve got both arms and legs at the end of the day, we’ve won. And on long trips, my parenting philosophy is “by any means necessary.” Movies on the iPod, M&M’s in the lunchbox, new toys from the dollar store in the diaper bag — whatever it takes to keep them quiet and happy, I’ll do it.
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  • Jodi Picoult 9 of 21
    Jodi Picoult
    Just do the best you can. If you’re trying your hardest, that’s good enough for me.
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  • Kathy Ireland 10 of 21
    Kathy Ireland
    I tell my kids, you’re going to see qualities in your parents that you like and might want to emulate, but you’re also going to see some qualities that are funky. Reject the qualities you don’t like. Don’t put anyone on a pedestal and try to emulate everything they do. It’s just really important for kids to face life with their eyes wide open, so they’re focused, alert, and making wise choices.
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  • Melissa Rivers 11 of 21
    Melissa Rivers
  • Kerri Walsh 12 of 21
    Kerri Walsh
    I don't think I have developed it yet. So far it's been all about showing love and being consistent with what we ask of our child. Joey’s a great kid, so we must be doing something right — actually, no, I can't take any credit. He's good all on his own!
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  • Kirstie Alley 13 of 21
    Kirstie Alley
    To do whatever I have to do to support my children. It’s 100% my responsibility to [release] them into the world with as much knowledge and survival tactics as I possibly can. Also — and maybe this came from being an older mother — just love them! No matter what they do, love them but don’t spoil them and make them into brats — that does them a great disservice. [My kids] aren’t going to be entitled or get anything they want in life; they’re going to earn it.
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  • Laurie Berkner 14 of 21
    Laurie Berkner
    Never wake up the kids. Their bodies will work it out; let their bodies do what they need to do. Also, listen to your kids. So many times I think my daughter didn’t really get it or she said something that didn’t make sense, but I’ve found when I listen with different ears or I try to see her perspective, she’s always saying something valid and something of value.
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  • Melissa Etheridge 15 of 21
    Melissa Etheridge
    Love and strong boundaries. As much love as you can possibly slather on — with a hold of your
    own sensibility.
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  • Molly Ringwald 16 of 21
    Molly Ringwald
    I'm very honest with my kids, especially my six-year-old. I'm not honest to the point where I'm talking about things that she's too young for, but I've tried to figure out a way to talk to her about difficult subjects in ways she can understand. We had a conversation yesterday about why there was war. I related it to the playground.
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  • Monet Mazur 17 of 21
    Monet Mazur
    I think [parents] always have a philosophy before they have their child, but then once they give birth, every kid is so different. We definitely treat and raise Marlon as an equal — as much as you can treat a child as an equal. We let him make a lot of his own choices and try to be easygoing. When we had him, we went on a three-year crazy move across the world, so my ideas of how I thought [parenting] would be — regimented, strict and scheduled — were thrown out the window. You have to let go and go with the flow.
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  • Nicole Sullivan 18 of 21
    Nicole Sullivan
    Don’t hover — it’s really important to raise independent children. And as little TV as possible. It turns them into monsters — even the cute shows! [Dashel] watches a half hour, and all of a sudden, he’s picked up three things I don’t want him saying!
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  • Sherri Shepherd 19 of 21
    Sherri Shepherd
    I didn’t know I was supposed to have one! If I can raise my son to have a healthy attitude about himself and be a good kid, I’ll be happy. I want my daughter-in-law to say, “You’ve got a great mother!” I’m afraid my daughter-in-law is going to hate me!
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  • Taraji P. Henson 20 of 21
    Taraji P. Henson
    Listen to your children and communicate with them. You have to be there 100 percent for them. You have to pay attention to what they’re doing/reading/watching because this world is a very different world than when I grew up. They have all this information at their fingertips, and you have to pay attention — with eyes wide open.
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  • Trista Sutter 21 of 21
    Trista Sutter
    I don’t necessarily have one. I look for the goal, and that’s to raise kids who are appreciative, grateful, honest, fair, kind, hopefully intelligent, and who are curious about the world and have faith — all the things you picture the perfect person being. As a parent, I’m more of a protector; Ryan would probably say I’m a bit overboard. We balance each other out because I worry too much, whereas he thinks if they fall and bump their heads, that’s a learning lesson.
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