Celebrity Moms Offer Their Best Parenting Advice

Tori Spelling with her kids

We follow them through every moment of their pregnancies and eagerly await any and all details about their babies after they’re born. So it seems only natural that we’d turn to our favorite celebrity moms for parenting advice, too.

Here, some of our favorite celeb moms share their best wisdom about motherhood.

Tina Fey. “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.”

Gwyneth Paltrow. “I look for an interesting supporting part about once a year. That’s the most I can manage. Some women can do it [all] and that’s fantastic, but I can’t. You make choices as a wife and mother, don’t you? You can’t have it all. I don’t care what it looks like.”

Salma Hayek. “When Valentina was not even one month old, my aunt [gave me the best advice]: ‘Put her to sleep yourself every night. Sing to her and cradle her in your arms and sit by her side – every night.’ Because one day, you won’t be able to, and it’s going to happen really fast.”

Elizabeth Banks. “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.”

Nicole Richie. “Kids are so funny. My mom told me you should write down every cute thing that they do because you will forget. Joel and I really write down every adorable thing they do and save them.”

Jennifer Garner.  “If you look at the pictures taken every day of my life, you’ll see that I do not make it work most of the time. I am in jeans that are on the floor from last night and one of the five T-shirts that I rotate. I do know moms who pull it together every day – I am not one of them. But when I do, I try to really pull it together so it makes some kind of impact. Sometimes, for yourself, you just need to take a shower, put on something clean, put on a little blush and go out the door.”

Tori Spelling.  “The best tip I ever got when I had my firstborn, someone said to me, ‘Don’t listen to what everyone says – trust your maternal instinct. That’ll always be the best way to go.’”

Bethenny Frankel. “My biggest piece of advice about parenting is to worry less and have more fun.”

Heidi Klum. “Roll with the flow. 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.”

Alicia Silverstone. “It passes so quickly, so enjoy every moment.”

Alison Sweeney. “[The best advice I got was] to parent my first child as if I already had one. As a new mom, when your baby cries, your instinct is to rush to her immediately. But if you had to, say, soothe your imaginary 2-year-old first … well, it helped me calm down a bit.”

Kate Winslet. “To me, parenting is about consistency, among other things, and routine. Children love routine. They like to know when they’re going to have lunch, and in what order things will happen during their day.”


Giada De Laurentiis. “Take deep breaths.”

What’s YOUR best parenting advice?