Parenting is tough; especially for celebrities. They’ve got to think about their kids 24 hours a day but true celebrities also have to think about themselves 24 hours a day; see the conflict? Here is a list of 7 zany things that celebrity parents said about their kids or that celebrity parents said about the episode of parenting. What’s most surprising is who said what and what most made sense.
Parenting Commando: Alexis and Jim Bellino: Real Housewives of the O.C.: While no one can blame anyone who grew up in the O.C. for being a little off kilter, Jim and Alexis Bellino prove that messing up your kids begins and ends in the home. According to TMZ (1) Jim and Alexis left two small toddlers in an untended stroller next to a pool. To me this reeks of parenting with your shorts around your ankles. Yeah, the kids may be alright, but when stone cold Jim said “There was no lifeguard needed or involved,” that’s still not denying that these kids could have been buoys in another reality, does it?
Parenting from Reality: Kendra Wilkinson: It may not surprise you to find that a mother on this list has the most reasoned parenting advice; it may surprise you to learn that this sane mother is Kendra Wilkinson from The Girls Next Door. Kendra recently talked to Babble (2) and said on the subject of ‘advice’, “Don’t take all advice. You’re going to have advice thrown at you all day, every day, from your mom, your mother-in-law, your siblings – everybody! You should do it this way! You should do it that way! No! Don’t listen to everything. Take the advice you want, but be your own mom. That’s what makes it so special.” That’s beautiful.
Parenting in Metaphor: John Stamos: While men are certainly able to have kids for far longer than the fairer sex, John Stamos (3) was quoted in April as saying “I hope to be a parent someday.” I have one question John; what are you waiting for?
Parenting Alone: Kate Gosselin: Say what you will about how Kate Gosselin of Jon & Kate pimped out her family for TLC because at the end of the day Kate Gosselin seems to me to be a good mom. Kate Gosselin was on with Larry King (4) in 2009, defending her splintering partner, defending herself, and explaining the difference when she said “I’m looking more towards the future and the decisions of today that affect tomorrow.” Well it’s about time someone did.
Parenting from the Rearview: Michael Douglas: Michael Douglas has always had a strained relationship, growing up a star, the son of a star. Earlier in spring Michael Douglas told Vanity Fair (5) how he lamented his neglect of his son Cameron; who faced prison time from drug charges. “My priorities were very similar,” to Kirk Douglas (Michael’s dad) – that’s pretty big admission, especially given the circumstances.
Parenting Out of Both Sides of Your Mouth: Miley Cyrus: Young Miley (17 in 2009) had the gumption to tell an Irish TV interview (6) that she “really disagrees” with the way Madonna & Angelina always allow their kids to be on TV. This, from Miley Cyrus! The NINE YEAR OLD star of small screen fluff!
Parenting from Behind the Looking Glass: Christie Brinkley: While I can’t imagine what having Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley for parents could be like, were I Alexa Ray Joel I’m sure I’d like a little something more. Christie Brinkley was interviewed in Ladies Home Journal (7) and she spoke about Alexa’s overdosing on pills last year in a fit of heartache. Brinkley said of the incident, “I told Alexa, ‘You got yourself worked into such a tizzy. You need to examine that, you need to get professional advice.'” How ’bout this Mom? ‘Don’t Take Pills For Some Lame Boyfriend!’ ‘Boys come and go but you only get one life!’ ‘You’re so talented and beautiful; you’ve got so much else to live for!’ …Or what do I know. I’m sure Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel collectively can afford to pay some shrink $500 an hour for a 30 week five hour a week session so some stranger can tell her the same thing!