Famous Mothers Whose Parenting Skills Were Called Into Questioned Over Controversies

June 29, 2015  |  
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Being a mother is no easy job and there are many different ways to parent. These celebrity moms were taken to task and had their parenting skills questioned after certain incidents caused major controversy.


The reality star flaunted her curves in a photo while wearing a tight, silver one-piece bathing suit. Standing next to Kimbella was her young daughter, Bella Monroe. The child was seen rocking a silver two-piece bathing suit of her own while tugging on the swimsuit bottoms, revealing her pelvic bone. Needless to say, Kimbella was dragged on social media for allowing her daughter to wear a bikini bathing suit, posting the image even though the child was clearly not ready, and for being a bad influence.

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Britney Spears

Spears received a lot of flack when the paparazzi caught her driving around with her 1-year-old son perched right on her lap in 2006. Spears defended herself saying she felt no need to use a car seat for such a short ride and that what she did was commonly done in and around her hometown.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Although she admits that she’s not a traditional parent, Jada Pinkett Smith has been criticized numerous times for allowing Jaden and Willow Smith to explore their own boundaries without punishment. Just last fall, Pinkett Smith faced criticism after photos surfaced of her then 13-year-old daughter sitting in bed with a topless 20-year-old actor.

Alicia Silverstone

Silverstone posted a video of her then 11-month-old son Bear eating chewed up food directly out of her mouth. Silverstone defended her actions after the video went viral. “He attacks my mouth and I think it’s adorable,” she said. “He also knows how to use his hands and he also eats regular food, so when babies are weaning, he still breast-feeds. Some people think that’s disgusting, too, which is insane.”

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is a sitcom star but she’s also known for her unconventional parenting skills. The Big Bang Theory star is a big believer in attachment parenting. Bialik even wrote a book about it called Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. She received a lot of negative criticism about the 2012 book and admitted a few years later that she was tired of constantly having to defend herself. “Just because I’m a public person, who happened to have breastfed and slept with her kids, that doesn’t mean that I want to fight with you on the street or in the supermarket,” Bialik said.

Kate Moss

Moss’s parenting skills were called into question after she allegedly neglected her young daughter while dating former troubled boyfriend Pete Doherty. The former heroin-addicted musician is probably best remembered for his tumultuous relationship with the late singer Amy Winehouse.

Gisele Bundchen

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen makes motherhood look fabulous, but a few years ago, the long-legged beauty was scolded by the media while she was on vacation with her family. Bundchen and her husband Tom Brady were spotted riding a quad bike along the beaches of Costa Rica. Their 1-year-old daughter Vivian was snuggled into a sling that was draped around Bundchen’s neck and shoulders. Although they were on sand and not traveling at a very high speed, Bundchen was still criticized for putting her daughter at risk of falling.

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson landed herself a baller when she married former NFL player Eric Johnson. He’s a hands-on dad and Simpson has shared photos of her family on social media before. But last year, a lot of people criticized Simpson after she posted a photo of her hubby tossing their young daughter Maxwell high in the air while they were enjoying some sun and fun at the beach.

Courtney Love

It’s no secret that the mother-daughter relationship between Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain is strained. Party life was Love’s main priority for many years, and an addiction to drugs further strained their relationship. Love first lost custody of her only child after a drug arrest back in 2003 and a restraining order was filed several years later, prohibiting the rocker from having further contact. The two reunited earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a documentary based on the life of Kurt Cobain. The two are working on their relationship.

Kim Kardashian

We all know that Kim Kardashian is famous for being famous, and she got that way by sharing every aspect of her life on social media and reality TV. After giving birth to daughter North, Kardashian still kept up with social media and she shared it with her millions of followers on Instagram and Twitter. But absent in the photos was her daughter, so many thought the reality star was neglecting North for a life in the limelight. Her absence had people on social media calling the child Ignori. Kim defended herself by making the point that just because North wasn’t in all of her photos didn’t mean that she wasn’t by her side. Kardashian was also chided earlier this year for bringing her 2-year-old daughter along to sit front-row during Fashion Week.

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