Being pregnant with a royal baby affords you a lot of things but it doesn’t automatically instill you with the knowledge of how to be a successful parent. So it’s lucky the Duchess of Sussex – like so many expectant mums – has a barrage of loved ones offering well-meaning advice.
While Meghan, 37, likely has her sister-in-law and mum-of-three Kate Middleton, 36, on speed dial there are plenty of other A-list mums who swear they hold secrets to raising happy healthy children and they’re only too happy to spread the word.
From bribing their kids to eat vegetables to swerving the terrible twos these stars are offering up their tried and tested tips.
As a mum to six children Angelina Jolie, 43, knows a thing or two about parenting. She believes a cardinal sin is not allowing your child to be who they want to be.
“Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish. I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting.”
Working mum Elizabeth Banks, 44, recognises parenting can be tough and insists you shouldn’t be ashamed of asking for help. “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.”
German model and mum of four, Heidi Klum, 45, doesn’t stress over the small things and lets her kids be kids.
“Our house is full of life, laughter, and mayhem. Every dinnertime something spills. Or they are wearing uniforms for school, and when we have breakfast in the morning, food gets all over their hands. You can tell them a thousand times ‘Do not wipe it on your pants,’ and sure enough they wipe it on their pants. But that’s when you roll with it. My house is not like a museum. You can see that children live there. It’s their house as much as mine.”
Former first lady Hilary Clinton, 70, says cut yourself some slack when you’re a first time parent.
“When my daughter was younger, I would say, ‘Chelsea, you’ve never been a baby before, and I’ve never been a mother before, and we’re just going to have to help each other get through this.’”
‘Friends’ star Lisa Kudrow, 55, wants you to know that the pain will pass.
“For anyone who’s about to give birth, let me say this: There will be a couple of weeks afterwards when you’ll feel terrible, but don’t freak out because it will pass.”
Kate Hudson, 39 – who has just had her third child – has adopted her famous mum Goldie Hawn’s parenting style.
“My parents allowed my brother and I to have our freedom and be ourselves and feel confident in our choices and to make mistakes without too much judgment. I hope that I can do as good a job.”
Bedtime can be a battle but Salma Hayek, 52, insists a parent should be the one to put their kids to bed every night “because one day you won’t be able to and it’s going to happen really fast.”
‘Suits’ star Katherine Heigl, 39, embraces noise when it comes to bedtime with babies.
“We use a big standing fan,” she says of getting any of her three children to sleep. “We put it on high wattage to drown out everything. My mother taught me that. She said she used to leave a vacuum running in the baby’s room and it really works.”
Sheryl Crow, 56, isn’t too rich and famous to admit she bribes her kids at the dinner table.
“I’m all about bribery when it comes to my little kids eating, particularly my four-year-old .’If you’ll try this, Wyatt, you can have some of this.’ That’s how we do it.”
Comedian Tina Fey, 48, has some sound advice for working mums.
“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible – oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”
It’s a piece of advice you hear all the time but before you know it you’ll discover it’s true.
‘Clueless’ actress Alicia Silverstone, 42, says: “It passes so quickly, so enjoy every moment.”
Mother-of-two Brooke Shields, 53, admits she can be overbearing but she makes no apologies for it.
“Trust me when I tell you I’m on my girls. And every time I am, I know from the outside it looks like I’m an overbearing, controlling parent. But I don’t think we are responsible to anybody but our kids and ourselves.”
Calista Flockhart, 53, is all about getting some breathing space!
She said: “If you stay at home with a toddler 24/7, you get mush-brain.”
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