Celeb parents not all bad Apples

WHEN I think of celebrity parents I usually think of the names they give their children.

Apple, Pilot Inspektor, Fifi Trixibelle and Kyd are a few examples.

Those poor Kyds.

And you would think if celebrity parents offered advice it might be how to safely dangle your baby over a balcony or the best babyccino.

It turns out not all celebrities have bad ideas on parenting.

Jason Alexander, of Seinfeld fame, lives an environmentally conscious life.

It might seem like his character George, but Jason is fanatical about things like not leaving lights on in the house.

He says preventing the effects of energy waste rather than saving money is what he teaches his children.

Denise Richards, besides us wondering how she deals with her ex, might seem like she has it together.

But one of her tips is about never saying "Mummy's feeling fat today".

Before you wonder why she would ever feel that way, it pays to think about what she means.

What sort of message are you sending your kids about body image or their sense of self by your own seemingly innocent little statements of self doubt?

Remember to tell your kids how great they are.

Still, I encourage honesty with kids, and if they can't do something very well, then don't tell them otherwise.

I don't want my kids to be the ones laughed at while auditioning for Australia's Got Talent. I do want them to know they are loved, even if they can't carry a tune.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Jerry White believes rather than protecting kids from everything we should be preparing them with skills to deal with life, good and bad.

A sentiment echoed by Nicole Kidman, who struggles to let her children go through difficult experiences but said adversity gives us character and backbone.

So let your kids jump on a trampoline with no safety net.

Explain death and let them go to the funeral of a lost loved one.

Don't be afraid to say yes when your fear says no, and tell them no when guilt tells you yes.

That's why I agree with a quote from actress Emma Thompson.

"The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time."


Super Mum with Sharyn O'Neill

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