9 Weirdest parenting tips from celebrity moms
We expect strange parenting tips from our mothers-in-law and goofy aunts, but we're always sort of taken aback when celebrities publicly admit the bizarre things they do when it comes to parenting. Here are just a few of our favorite examples of celebrity moms and their weird parenting tips.
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Angelina Jolie has a "no secrets" policy with her brood of six kids. Whether it's cancer or sex, the Pitt-Jolie couple tells their kids everything. Brad Pitt told USA Today, "We tell the kids, 'Mom and Dad are going off to kiss.' They go, 'Eww, gross!' But we demand it."
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It probably goes without saying that most people may not relate to the parenting advice of a woman who has 19 kids. Michelle Duggar upset mothers everywhere when she admitted to using "blanket training," which involves putting a baby on a blanket and if they move off of it, the parent spanks the baby's leg, says no and repeats until the baby does not leave the blanket.
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Courtney Love's best parenting tip is being a living example of how not to parent. Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, filed a restraining order against her mother in 2009. Among Cobain's grievances were her mother's hoarding (which killed a family pet), her pill-popping tendencies and her tireless conspiracy theories.
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When Jada Pinkett Smith's 12-year-old daughter Willow shaved her head last year, Mama Smith responded to critics by saying, "I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are her domain." Hmm. Does that have anything to do with why Willow, now 13, was recently photographed in bed with 20-year-old Moises Arias?
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Where to begin. Gwyneth Paltrow has dished up lots of helpful hints on her GOOP website, but our favorite Paltrow parental tidbit was revealed during an interview with the U.K.'s InStyle magazine. Mommy Paltrow interrupted the InStyle interview when little Apple became "cross" with her mother because Paltrow only lets her kids watch cartoons in Spanish and French. That shouldn't breed any long-term resentment.
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Snooki has shared some real pearls of parenting wisdom on MTV's Celebaby Report. Our favorite (it was hard to choose) is, "Make sure your mascara is waterproof, because you're going to cry from the pain of a baby coming out of your vagina. While in labor, you'll probably fart in the doctor's face, but at least you'll look good doing it."
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Madonna kicked off the New Year by posting an Instagram image of her 13-year-old son Rocco Ritchie surrounded by friends and bottles of vodka. When Mama Madge was criticized for promoting underage drinking, she snapped back, "No one was drinking, we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don't start the year off with judgment!" Suggesting parents have a sense of humor isn't weird, but thinking she could get away with posting a picture like that without a backlash is.
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It's hard to have a discussion about weird celebrity parenting tips without mentioning Mayim Bialik. The Big Bang Theory star raised a ruckus when she endorsed attachment parenting. This style of parenting allows for kids to decide when they are done nursing and when they are ready to sleep in their own bed. Hey, there's nothing weird about that — unless you'd rather not breastfeed your kindergartner or have a bed full of preteens.
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Alicia Silverstone made waves when she posted a video of herself chewing her food and spitting it back out for her baby to eat. She defended her odd behavior by saying that she was weaning her baby and trying to introduce him to food but that he didn't have teeth. That's what baby food is for. If you want your kid to not grow up with anger issues because you fed them half-masticated food from your mouth when they were little and defenseless, don't do this.