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Parenting styles are different for everyone: some are laid back, some are hands on, and some are… just plain “mean?”

That’s what Reese Witherspoon’s daughter called her in third grade when Witherspoon used her tough love parenting approach on her, she revealed to Fast Company in a recent interview.

The Hollywood actress, producer, and mother of three remarked: “I remember Ava crying in bed in third grade—she was on JV basketball and she was the only kid on the team who didn’t score. I said, ‘Aves, maybe you’re bad at basketball.’ She thought that was mean. I said, ‘Mean or true? ‘Cause, guess what? Your mom’s bad at basketball, too.’”

She says she’s constantly trying to “counteract” pressure from other parents who treat their kids extra special, and “who want to make the lives of their kids golden and magical at all moments”.

Instead, she says “Guess what, kids? You’re going to be disappointed and uncomfortable once in a while”.

Should more parents adopt this brutal honesty tactic in their teachings? Or is this a step too far? Let us know!