Happy Mother's Day: Best Parenting Advice From Celebrity Moms
The challenges of motherhood do not end after the child's birth but continue until adulthood, so it pays to take a breather once in a while. Take some advice from these celebrity moms who know how to enjoy being a mother.
Take Deep Breaths
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and model Kimora Lee Simmons both have the same advice: "Take deep breaths." This tip is most helpful when dealing with a bawling baby or a temperamental child. It pays to pause and recollect emotions and thoughts before tackling the situation at hand.
Simmons should know how this scenario plays out since she has four kids. The 43-year-old fashion designer shares daughters Ming Lee, 17, and Aoki Lee, 14, with ex-husband Russell Simmons. She is also a mother to 2-year-old son Wolfe Lee from her current husband, Tim Leissner, and a mom to 8-year-old Kenzo Lee, her son with actor Djimon Honsou. One can only imagine what it is like when the kids are all in one room.
However, when it comes to parenting, Simmons is a modern mom and favors co-parenting. She prefers maintaining the respect and friendship over bitter relationships with her exes. She is still tight with the hip-hop mogul Simmons, so much so that she and Leissner asked him to be Wolfe's godfather. Honsou also makes appearances during family gatherings.
De Laurentiis, on the other hand, is a single mom to 9-year-old daughter, Jade, from ex-husband Todd Thompson. She said that it is tricky and challenging to balance work and being a mom. However, her advice is to ask for help when needed, which she does with Jade's father because he is good at juggling.
"I think it's really just about being okay with knowing that you can't do it all and that you take it one day at a time and ask for help when you need it," De Laurentiis tells People.
Elizabeth Banks, an actress, filmmaker, and mother-of-two, likewise advices mothers to stop feeling like they have to be supermoms. She says there is nothing wrong with asking for help and being "open to any help."
"I think it's really important to know when to ask for help," Banks says.
Laugh A Lot
Lucy Liu and supermodel Heidi Klum tell moms to enjoy every moment with their children and just laugh with them. Klum, a mother of two, says to just "kind of roll with the flow" and fill the house with "life, laughter, and mayhem."
Liu says being a mother means a lot of juggling, but motherhood is manageable. She advices moms to "laugh a lot and just see how ridiculous the situation is."