Motherhood is one of life’s most rewarding and challenging journeys. The joys, highs, lows and hardships of becoming a parent are difficult to prepare for, so in times of need; seek out some advice! Here is a small selection of the very best parenting guidance from some of the world’s most famous moms.
Know When to Ask for Help
The lovely Elizabeth Banks encourages new mothers to acknowledge when they need help. “Be open to any help,” the actress says. “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.”
Enjoy Each Moment
Mom to two girls Ripley and Nico, Thandie Newton shares her take on enjoying the ride; “I’ve learned the value of absorbing the moment. I remember the first time Ripley saw her shadow. My God, it was like shadows had just been invented. It was the most exquisite moment.”
Give Your Child Freedom to Be
Angelina Jolie is not only an award-winning actress and philanthropist, she’s a committed A-list mother of six. She believes “…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….”
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Actress Jennie Garth knows that being an engaged parent is all about prioritizing what’s truly important. She says, “It doesn’t matter if the dishes are clean. It just matters that my kids are happy.”
Put Being a Mom First
It’s not always easy disciplining your child, but actress Julie Bowen shares a good reminder that being a mom always comes first, saying, “Be comfortable not being your kids’ best friend.” Remember: Tough love is still love!