19 Celebrities With Pretty Unconventional Parenting Styles
by Jennifer Lafferty
Celebrities tend to be nonconformists, so it makes sense that their parenting styles may be unconventional, but some of Hollywood’s child-rearing techniques are truly shocking. While you wouldn’t expect Johnny Depp or Madonna to be traditional parents, there are some whose choices may floor you.
In addition to not letting her children watch TV or read newspapers, Madonna was very strict about bedtime stories, only letting ex-husband Guy Ritchie read the kids David the English Rose, Madonna’s own book.
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
Exes Tom and Katie are surprisingly lenient, in some ways, while parenting little Suri. At age five, Suri was allowed to wear makeup and high heels and sip Starbucks coffee but strangely enough, she was still being bottle-fed.
Another progressive celebrity parent is Christina Aguilera. As an art collector, Aguilera displays many female nudes in her home. The star explains: “I think it’s important that he [her son] see mommy not be ashamed of her sexuality…”
Jada Pinkett Smith
One very laid-back mom is Jada Pinkett Smith, who doesn’t have any rules. The actress and wife of Will Smith says she tries to guide Jaden and Willow, but allows the kids to set their own punishment.
Who ever would’ve thought that playing with dolls could really be useful mommy training? Reality star Snooki actually prepared for parenthood by “babysitting” a toy doll, even taking it with her to shop for a stroller.
Actress/neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, wrote a parenting book, Beyond The Sling: A Real-Life Guide To Raising Confident, Loving Children The Attachment Parenting Way. In the controversial read, Bialik reveals her practice of long-term breastfeeding and allowing her children to sleep with her.
Another celebrity mom who engages in some unusual bonding techniques is Alicia Silverstone, who was memorably seen feeding her infant son with pre-chewed food directly from her own mouth; the same way birds feed their young.
Where some celebrities are determined to use old fashioned or even ancient child-rearing methods, Pamela Anderson’s attitude is surprisingly modern. She wants her sons, Brandon Thomas, and Dylan Jagger, to “drink, and experiment with drugs in moderation…”
Celine Dion likes to give her kids freedom to make their own decisions, such as letting her son Rene Charles decide when to cut his hair. He didn’t get his first haircut until age eight, when school regulations required it.
Tobey Maguire is one of the many stars to jump on the RIE Parenting bandwagon. Embraced by celebs ranging from Penelope Cruz to Helen Hunt, RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) focuses on treating babies like individuals and showing them respect.
In 2014 it was reported that Gisele avoided using diapers by practicing elimination communication, holding her son over the toilet after breastfeeding. The outspoken supermodel/entrepreneur created more controversy voicing her belief that breastfeeding should be mandatory.
Leah Remini was labeled a “pushover mom” in 2008 when she admitted that she and her husband diapered and bottle-fed their then four-year-old daughter, with the child drinking six or more bottles a night, leaving Mom and Dad exhausted.
Alanis Morissete believes that nurturing a baby’s attachment to the mother fends off addiction later on. As a result of this, she intends to continue breastfeeding her son until he’s ready to stop, even if he’s six years old.
Unlike some of her fellow celebs, Gwyneth Paltrow lets Apple and Moses watch TV but only in French and Spanish. It was also reported in 2012, that she took baths with her kids, saying they “all get into the tub together“.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
The family Brad and Angie have with their six kids is close-knit, to say the least. Once a week the children join them in a custom made bed built to accommodate everyone for “family sleep”.
Many parents save special mementos associated with their kids. But one that Hilary Duff set aside may gross her son out someday. The actress revealed that she saved the stump from Luca Cruz’s umbilical cord.
Facts of Life actress Lisa Whelchel has a strict and somewhat controversial method for disciplining her kids when they’re rude or talk back to her, literally punishing their mouth by putting a drop of hot sauce on their tongue.
Although Bethenny Frankel is careful with her daughter’s diet these days, raising her as a vegetarian, fans remember a scene from her reality show where the breastfeeding mom downed a beer, explaining that her nanny told her booze would help stimulate breast milk.
Even Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily Rose admits he’s weird, and it’s no wonder, considering some of his offbeat parenting; such as saving her bangs from a fourth grade haircut and saying if his kids smoke pot, he prefers they get it from him.