There has been no shortage of celeb moms stirring the proverbial pot lately – with their “expert” opinions on vaccines and food allergies – and giving the rest of the famous mamas out there a bad rap. Believe it or not, there still are some celebrities out there with perfectly legitimate and meaningful advice about raising kids.
9 celebrity moms who actually have something useful to say
Angelina JolieShe says: "Sometimes, when I want to take on the world, I try to remember that it's just as important to sit down and ask my son how he's feeling or talk to him about life."
We say: Most of us are guilty of trying to take on too much. Sometimes the best way to help your kids is to simply listen. Getty Images
Amanda PeetShe says: "One surprise of motherhood for me was how little control I have... It's been bittersweet and humbling to let her lead and to not try to be perfect myself."
We say: If you can let go of your preconceived notion of what you thought motherhood would look like for you you'll be more than just fine.Getty Images
Tori SpellingShe says: “The best advice someone ever gave me was 'Don't listen to anyone else about how to be a mom.' It's gotten me through many situations."
We say: Well, OK, you might want to listen to your doctor, but otherwise, we wholeheartedly agree with paying attention to your maternal instinct. Getty Images
Angela BassettShe says: "When I say no to something and my kids have a great attitude about it, they end up getting whatever I'm refusing way sooner than they think!"
We say: If you can find a way to raise kids who stay happy after you tell them they can't bring home a giant lizard they found, you should definitely get them a puppy! Getty Images
Courtney CoxShe says: "My goal is always to listen to my daughter and try to teach her without making her feel any shame."
We say: What you may think is a lesson; your kid may think is a lecture. So I hope you've been practicing yoga, because this part of parenthood takes a lot of flexibility and patience.Getty Images
Elizabeth BanksShe says: "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."
We say: You're no good to your kids if you're exhausted and cranky, so go ahead and ask for help.Getty Images
Salma HayekShe says: “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.”
We say: There's no comfort quite like a baby in your arms; soak it up while you can. Getty Images
Nicole KidmanShe says: "My instinct is to protect my children from pain. But adversity is often the thing that gives us character and backbone."
We say: Children won't grow up to be true individuals if we don't let them carve their own path. It's hard to watch them fall, but even harder to teach them to get back up and try again. Getty Images
Barbara WaltersShe says: "In these days, with so many different kinds of families and ethnic groups, the best thing you can teach your children is tolerance, acceptance and compassion."
We say: Our kids learn the difference between right and wrong from you, so make sure you're always right—as if that's ever been a problem! Getty Images