“You Need Your Butt Popped”: Hollywood’s Most Strict Parents
Some Hollywood kids get to run wild, but these strict celebrity parents say their kids aren’t getting any special A-list treatment.
Solange Knowles told The Young Black and Fabulous that her three-part discipline system is so airtight she rarely has to use it:
“If he gets completely out of line, I do the 3 steps:
1 is the look and talk; 2 is taking away something of value to him; 3, you need your butt popped. You don’t have to do it often, like twice or three times a year. And he remembers it.”
Don’t mess with mama Solange!
Despite some controversies here and there, Madonna insists that “I’m the disciplinarian.” Her kids can’t eat ice cream, watch TV, read magazines or do a long list of other things that are common for other kids.
And wait until you hear what she once did to Lourdes when her daughter pretended she was too grown to do her chores.
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey
Nick Cannon once told People that even though his twins are still small, his self-described “stern father” style of parenting has already paid off:
“My kids — it’s a blessing — they’re extremely disciplined. They try [acting up] with other people because everyone gives them so much attention, but when it comes to my wife and I, we only have to say something once.”
Michelle and Barack Obama
Malia and Sasha don’t just have to deal with the Secret Service and strict White House rules. The president and first lady said they believe in running a disciplined household. That means only six hours of TV a week (which can be scrapped for any sign of disrespect or misbehavior), monitored Internet use, and a long list of “don’ts” designed to build future world leaders.
Some parents are strict with rules; others are strict with money. You might expect the kids of one of the richest men in the world to be balling out of control. But for Bill Gates’s children, nothing could be further from the truth.
Gates said that his kids will have to work for their money: He’s giving most of his multibillion-dollar fortune away to charities when he dies.
Modern Family star Julie Bowen’s TV kids may be sassy, but Bowen said she doesn’t put up with foolishness from her real children:
“Being your kids’ best friend is not always the best parenting choice. It’s not about everybody being happy all the time.
It’s about setting limits. In my house that makes my kids very unhappy, like tantrums-on-the-ground-twice-a-day unhappy. But the limits are set.”
Denzel Washington said there’s nothing Hollywood about the way he raises his kids with his wife, Pauletta:
“We lead a normal life. You know, I go to their games. I cheer them on. I make sure that they’re doing well in school. My wife gets up in the morning and makes breakfast.
They really say, ‘Yes, Sir’ or ‘No, Sir’ or ‘Yes, Ma’am’ or ‘No, Ma’am.’ You know, I put my foot in their behind if they act wrong, and they know it. So, it’s not that complicated.”
David and Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham have said that it’s no coincidence that their kids are never in the tabloids: They have a zero-tolerance policy for shenanigans. According to David, the kids have a strict set of rules that they have to live by:
“Me and Victoria were brought up with strong discipline by our parents and to have respect for people and our boys have definitely got that.”
When it comes to Jessica Alba as a mother, no means no — all the time. Alba told David Letterman the following when speaking of her first daughter, Honor:
“I’m very strict with her. When it’s time for her to eat, whether she’s hollering or whatever, it’s time to eat. She gets a time out if she cries for no reason…sometimes she asks me to go to time out.”
Tyler Perry said this about discipline:
“Me, I’m into a** whooping.”
But that was before he became a dad. Do you think having his own son has mellowed his parenting philosophy?
Growing up in the McConaughey household sounds a little bit like being in the military. As the actor explained it:
“Discipline is very cool. We run a tight and fun shift. I’m very playful but parents have the advantage of being around for so much longer. If we’re going to sit there and teach our kids that life has consequences, they’re going to turn 18 and go out in their own world.
They’re going to find it the hard way. You do it early so they understand how the world works and what is expected of them, not only as a citizen, but as their family name, as a McConaughey, things like that.”
Kiss fans may have expected rock ‘n’ roll’s wild child to have some equally wild kids. But Gene Simmons has said that is not the case:
“We’re very strict. You behave well because you’re not allowed not to. It’s as simple as that. There are no drugs, no booze, and no cigarettes because you’re not allowed to. You don’t talk potty talk because you’re not allowed to.
The idea that kids slam the door to their rooms on these TV shows is the height of lunacy. All that dribble that Dr. Spock was mouthing — he was basically farting through his mouth. Negotiating with your children? Absolutely not.”
The celebrity chef believes in a different kind of discipline when it comes to food. When his pre-teen daughter acts up, Oliver isn’t afraid to keep her in line with a little scotch bonnet pepper he sneaks into her next snack.
Food choices are where actress Gwyneth Paltrow lays down the law. Her children Apple and Moses are not allowed to eat any form of junk food, carbohydrates or gluten. Mother Paltrow makes sure of this by making most of her children’s meals herself.
And if they get caught sneaking a snack? A pretty strict punishment may just be in store.