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From Kristen Bell to Dwayne Johnson, these celebrities all have parenting tips — whether or not you’d actually wish to follow them.
Chance the Rapper shared a step-by-step guide for how to comb hair without causing pain.
Hilary Duff’s messy experience with her son teaches parents to always pack a change of clothing.
Parenting is a difficult job and, no doubt, many new parents are happy to take tips and tricks wherever they can get them.
Some celebrities, including Dwayne Johnson and Kristen Bell, have offered their advice or shared their experiences, from tips on keeping your kids safe around cars to ways to make sure they don’t waste their food.
Ahead of Father’s Day on June 21, here 22 parenting tips shared by celebrities.
Hilary Duff said she learned the hard way that parents should always pack extra clothes — not just for their children but for themselves.
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When her infant son had a diaper accident on an airplane, Duff was left with a soiled shirt.
“He had an extra outfit, but I didn’t,” Duff told BuzzFeed. “That was an interesting last hour and a half of the plane ride. He was clean, he was good … I wasn’t. So I’ve shoved an extra T-shirt into my bag ever since.”
Actress Debra Messing suggests breaking into song to soothe children throwing temper tantrums.
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“Singing Broadway musicals are a really great distraction from temper tantrums,” Debra Messing said.
Chance the Rapper shared advice for combing your child’s hair without causing them pain.
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Kristen Bell practices car safety with her kids by getting them to hold onto the car while she’s unloading the trunk.
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“The phrase we say as we jump out of the car, ‘Hands on the circle’ (the circle is the gas cap) was invented by my brilliant sister in law, and has thus far kept all kiddos safe from any oncoming traffic while I unload the trunk,” Bell wrote in an Instagram post.
Tina Fey is an advocate of parents getting a good night’s rest, even if it means not completing everything on their to-do list.
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“You just have to go to sleep. There’s a strong desire to get stuff done and be an adult, but just go to bed. Blow off sending your family birthday cards or setting the table for Thanksgiving – just go to sleep whenever you can. I just go to bed all the time,” Tina Fey said.
Jada Pinkett Smith believes in giving her children space, especially when it comes to their rooms.
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“Staying out of kids’ space can teach them to be responsible for their own decisions and mistakes. Is it their room, or are they borrowing the space while they’re living in your house? If it’s theirs, then they should be able to do whatever they want with it. If it’s their clothes, they have the right to do whatever they want with those clothes. We have to give them some freedom to be who they are,” Jada Pinkett Smith said.
Busy Philipps gets her children to behave by playing into their sibling rivalry.
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“I use sibling rivalry,” Philipps told Us Weekly. “I’m like, ‘I feel like Cricket’s going to finish her broccoli first,’ and then Birdie’s like, ‘I can finish it first.'”
Sarah Michelle Gellar teaches her children about wastefulness by making them pay if they don’t eat their food.
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“My daughter was doing this thing lately where she was asking me for a cup of milk and not drinking it. So I told her that every time she’d ask me for a cup of milk and not drink it, I would take a quarter out of her piggy bank. Someone has to pay for that milk,” Gellar told Today.
Gisele Bündchen reportedly practiced “elimination communication” to potty train her son by the time he was 6 months old.
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Bündchen reportedly said her son, Benjamin, would need the bathroom right after she fed him in the morning and afternoon. As part of a method called elimination communication, she would carry him around naked and take him to the bathroom when he looked like he had to go.
“Give it about five minutes, and bang,” she said.
Dwayne Johnson believes in making goals for his children to achieve as they get older.
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“By 5, you’ll be looking people in the eye when you firmly shake their hand. By 8, you’ll know how to fish, drive daddy’s pick-up truck, and do cardio. And by 10, you’ll be able to directly say to people, ‘Great job, I like it a lot, but let’s see how we can make it better,'” Johnson said regarding his daughter Jasmine.
Jack Nicholson said he believes in showing his kids unconditional love.
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“What do I do well as a father? I’m there all the time. I give unconditional love. And I have a lot of skills in terms of getting them to express themselves. I’m good with handy hints — if they can tell me what their problem is — ‘cos I’ve had a lot of problems in life myself. I make an effort to expose them to things. I want them to have a deep, inner feeling that it’s alright to be happy, that you don’t have to be constantly manufacturing problems that you don’t really have,” Nicholson told Esquire.
Ice Cube also said, “You have to be there and be involved.”
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“Don’t leave it up to the mother to raise your kids. You need to be just as involved. Just being there is not being there. You have to be there and be involved. Don’t sit on the sideline and leave it for your wife to do,” Ice Cube told “The Life of Dad”.
Brad Pitt said he doesn’t keep any secrets from his children.
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“I mean, there’s an age of understanding, so you’ve got to present it in a way that is age-appropriate, but we know our children very well. […] We want everything to be on the table and any questions they have, for them to ask,” Pitt told the Los Angeles Times.
Blake Lively loves the idea of putting a comment box in the house for her children to leave constructive criticism.
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“I think it would be the greatest thing in the world to have a comment box in your home,” Lively said. “I want to do it with my kids, and I’m begging my sister to do it with hers. The kids could leave comments on what you could do better, or what the other kids could do better. Like when you leave a comment with management in a restaurant.”
Drew Barrymore uses a calendar to help her children understand her work schedule and when she’ll be away from home.
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Barrymore developed the system after her daughter Olive worried when she was coming home.
“I wanted to give her a tool, so she could understand and gauge life when I am working,” Barrymore told Today. “That way she can see that I am gone at first, still away in the middle, and then coming back towards the end. She now has a good sense of my geographic place from the globe. She knows when I am leaving and coming home.”
For date night, Melissa McCarthy and her husband like to go out to dinner early so they can still put the kids to bed.
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“Like to hit it hard around 4 p.m., early bird special, and then 8 o’clock [we] put the kids down,” McCarthy said.
Actor Ewan McGregor says parents should give their children 100% of their attention during play.
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“Pay attention: I recognize it can be boring to play with young children – to tell a story over and over again, let’s say – but the secret is being there. If you’ve made a decision to play with your children, then play with them. Don’t be looking through papers on your desk or sneaking off to the computer. Turn off your BlackBerry. Lose yourself in their world. Even if you do it for a short time, it will mean a lot to you and to them,” McGregor said.
“Spider-Man” star Tobey Maguire practiced RIE parenting for his two children, treating them like individuals rather than children.
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As part of RIE parenting, parents are discouraged from singing to or rocking their babies. Parents are also discouraged from buying playpens, mirrors, and dangling mobiles. The principle teaching is that children need natural stimulation and relaxation.
Actor Mark Hamill tried to instill honesty and kindness in his three children.
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“All the basics. It is not reinventing the wheel. Honesty, the golden rule, treating people the way you would want to be treated. All those sorts of things like kindness and selflessness, trying to do the right thing. It sounds corny when you put them into words, but I have been very lucky. It is not an easy journey. They go through the arc of life, and there could be troubling times, but you stick with it and they come through,” Mark Hamill said.
Clint Eastwood said parents can learn from their children as much as they teach them.
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“Children teach you that you can still be humbled by life, that you learn something new all the time. That’s the secret to life, really — never stop learning,” he told Esquire.
Christina Aguilera believes in walking around naked in front of her children so they’re not embarrassed by nudity.
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“I think it’s important that he sees mommy not be ashamed for her sexuality,” Aguilera told Us Weekly. “I mean, he’s 2. We’re art collectors. There are a lot of female nudes around the house. Max will be growing up in a house where it’s just the norm. It’s only weird when you shame it.”
Actress Elizabeth Banks encourages moms to ask for help from others.
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“Be open to any help. Many moms today feel they have to be super moms, while historically we’ve always had a village to pitch in. I think it’s really important to know when to ask for help,” Banks said.
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