Exclusive! Before I had kids, I swore Id never


  • Chevy and Jayni Chase 1 of 10
    Chevy and Jayni Chase
    Before we had kids, we swore we’d never… send them away to boarding school; they would live with us always. But then we saw how boarding schools have so many resources and opportunities, and we let them go. Chevy also swore he’d never play with Barbie dolls, but with three girls, you can’t avoid it.
  • Ramona Singer, Real Housewife of New York 2 of 10
    Ramona Singer, Real Housewife of New York
    Before I had kids, I swore I’d never… let anyone ever borrow any of my shoes. But my daughter, Avery, wanted to borrow these gorgeous silver Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, even before I wore them, and I let her. I gladly let her borrow my clothes — but to a point. She wanted to take a Dolce & Gabanna top to camp, and I said no.”
  • Chazz Palminteri 3 of 10
    Chazz Palminteri
    Before we had kids, we swore we’d never... let our kids eat junk food. Our daughter, Gabriella, eats healthier than our son, Dante, but it’s still a fight. I now negotiate: French fries along with broccoli.
  • Paul Shaffer 4 of 10
    Paul Shaffer
    Before I had kids, I swore I’d never… live anywhere but New York City. Now I live in a house in Westchester with two dogs and a pool.
  • Kathie Lee Gifford 5 of 10
    Kathie Lee Gifford
    Before I had kids, I swore I'd… always tell my two kids what I thought. But that can backfire. I now know I have to keep my mouth shut, which for me is so difficult. But my son, Cody, is 20 and doesn't want advice from Mom. He has to figure it out. So now I wait until he asks for advice and then I gladly give it.
  • Richard Kind 6 of 10
    Richard Kind
    Before I had kids, I swore I’d never… use television as a babysitter. But I sometimes need a half hour nap. So yes, I let them watch TV. I try to make it old movies but not always.
  • Elle Macpherson 7 of 10
    Elle Macpherson
    Before I had kids, I swore I’d never... drive a camper across America. But I wanted to give my two sons the experience of seeing the beauty of America, and I rented one and drove cross-country during summer vacation. We had a great time, and the boys loved the Grand Canyon. It was our grand adventure.
  • Rene Syler 8 of 10
    Rene Syler
    Before I had kids, I swore I'd never… bribe my kids for grades. But now if they get an "A" it's $10 and a "B" gets $5.
  • Lorraine Bracco 9 of 10
    Lorraine Bracco
    Before I had kids, I swore I’d never… say the things my mother did, and of course I do.
  • Jennifer Weiner 10 of 10
    Jennifer Weiner
    Before I had kids, I swore I'd never… do the thing of lifting up the child and sniffing her butt to see if she needed a change. And yes, I have done it — regularly. Twice this morning.

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