Parenting is one difficult gig. It’s tough to keep it all together amidst whines and sticky fingers and toys strewn all over the damn place. No one will ever argue that being a mom or dad is anything but really, really hard. However, celebrity parents may have it harder than the rest of us. Not only are they dealing with meltdowns and tantrums and screams for ice cream, every move they make and every step they take is scrutinized by the general population. All parents in the spotlight have to do is discipline a child at the grocery store or post a photo feeding the kids cupcakes, and the haters come out of the woodwork, giving them all of the reasons why they're horrible parents. Talk about stressful.
Somehow, certain progenitors are able to be wildly successful while simultaneously raising little ones. Even more impressive, some of the most adored celebrity power couples are able to remain patient, fun and dressed impeccably while tiny tots are ruling their roosts. No one knows how they pull it off. Maybe they have nannies and publicists and stylists and drivers and personal chefs, or maybe they’re actually perfect.
Whatever the truth, the following celeb couples appear to parent with ease and grace while also killing it in their professional lives. We take our hats off to them and hope someday their secrets are revealed. For those moms and dads who are proud as punch when they manage to put on pants and serve something other than goldfish crackers for lunch every once in awhile, you may not be famous, but you’re killing it too.
15 Chip And Joanna Gaines
Stars of the wildly successful HGTV program Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines, are the proud parents of four beautiful children: Drake, Ella, Duke and Emmie. The couple's cutie patooties do appear on the show occasionally, but Chip and Joanna have done all they can to keep their kids out of the spotlight for the most part. Joanna told People magazine, "They’re so young and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood."
This creative mom and pop duo are also the authors of a bestselling autobiography, and the proud proprietors of a home improvement/interior design empire. Their huge success has never kept them from being humble, and absolutely enamored with each other. Sure, life is busy, but this talented couple seems to like it that way. According to Joanna, "We like a full plate. That’s just how Chip and I operate.”
In addition to their public success, this dynamic duo's private life seems pretty impressive. Joanna's Instagram account regularly boasts pics of home baked goods and her children happily frolicking in fields of flowers or helping out on the family farm. Talk about a child's paradise.
14 Chrissy Teigen And John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have one young daughter together. The couple's beautiful girl, named Luna, celebrated her first birthday this past April. She's a happy, bright-eyed little one who has become an Instagram darling since her arrival last year. No one can get enough of her sweet smile or her sassy attitude.
Teigen is a model and cookbook author with a successful television career. She appears on Lip Sync Battle and the daytime talk show FabLife. The gorgeous mother-of-one is also a popular Twitter personality, and currently has over 1 million followers. She has bravely opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression. Her candid comments have only made her more relatable to the masses. Legend is a Grammy winning musician as well as a doting father. He is a hands-on dad who has supported his wife through her struggles since giving birth.
These successful parents don't shy away from putting their hard-earned money to good use. They recently held a petting zoo party for little Luna and her friends. John shared with People magazine that the shindig was "for no particular reason," adding, "we had so much fun."
13 Anna Faris And Chris Pratt
Movie stars Anna Faris and Chris Pratt married in 2009, and welcomed their son Jack to the world in August of 2012. This zany family loves to have fun, and enjoy many wonderful adventures together.
Recently, Faris and Jack joined Pratt in Tokyo at the city's premier of his latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Not long after little Jack's ridiculously good-looking parents walked the blue carpet, 37-year-old Pratt gushed about his lovely wife on Instagram. He captioned a pic of the two posing together at the event,"Thank you for the support honey! You look so beautiful."
The star also didn't fail to include some real talk in his caption, continuing, "These press tours can be such a whirlwind. I'm grateful to have you and the boy with me on this one. Although it's 3:00am right now, I was just awakened by a square kick to the back as little man climbed into bed and then must have had a karate dream or something and now I can't sleep. I'm on Insta instead. All you dads and moms know what I'm talking about."
12 Victoria And David Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham are the parents of four beautiful children: Sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz and daughter, Harper. It's no secret that David is an uber-talented soccer sensation as well as a sought-after underwear model. Victoria gained fame as a member of the epic British signing group the Spice Girls, and has since become a successful fashion mogul. These amazingly gifted parents have passed their ambition for tasting success on to their tots.
The oldest, 18-year-old Brooklyn, is a successful model and photographer who released a book on photography entitled What I See at the beginning of May 2017. 14-year-old Romeo has dabbled in modeling as well, and starred in a short film for Burberry alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elton John. He also enjoys ice skating, tennis and basketball.
Cruz, who is just 12, released a single entitled "If Every Day Was Christmas" last year, and, even more impressive, donated the proceeds to the Global Make Some Noise charity. He also boasts some impressive dance moves and skateboarding skills. 5-year-old Harper may be the youngest in the family, but she most definitely got the go-getter gene. She paints, rides horses, and bakes with her mom. Phew. Impressive stuff. Whatever David and Victoria are doing to inspire greatness in their kids, we'll leave them to it.
11 Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum got together after heating up the dance floor, and movie screens all over the world, in the hit film Step Up. Since then, they've gotten married and had a baby -- a daughter named Everly.
Recently, their little lady was treated to an accidental screening of the movie that caused her mommy and daddy to fall for each other in real life. Apparently, she wasn't impressed. According to Jenna, "We were like, ‘Everly, Everly, look! It’s mommy and daddy!’ At first she didn’t think it was us. She’s like, ‘That’s not you guys.’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s us, Evie, it’s me!’ And then she goes, ‘Can we watch something good?’ Just like that, and we were humbled. One day she’ll maybe appreciate it on a different level, but yeah, she’s not so into it.”
Of the movie roles that made them famous, Jenna has stated, "We both cringe because...we’re just so baby new...It’s so sweet. I think when it was the 10-year anniversary we did the lift outside in our yard just to prove that we could still do it!”
The couple did, in fact, treat their Instagram followers to a clip of the two of them once again performing a lift from the dance flick's finale routine, on the ten year anniversary of the movie's release. It seems neither of them have aged a day, and are more in love than ever. Everly is one lucky girl to have such red-hot, totally cool parents.
10 Kate Middleton And Prince William
Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and her handsome husband, Prince William are the royally amazing parents of two charming children. Their son, George and daughter, Charlotte enjoy a lavish lifestyle as they jet-set around the world with their classy, and perfectly coiffed, mom and pop.
The rosey exterior of this royal family is beautiful to behold, but even Will and Kate have tough days. Kate has admitted of her experience being a mother, “It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated, but actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through."
While William realizes that his children's upbringings aren't necessarily normal, he sees his family as just that. He has shared, "Well, as far as we're concerned, within our family unit we are a normal family. I love my children the same way any father does and I hope George loves me the same way any son does to his father, so we are very normal in that sense."
9 Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively
Beautiful people Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have two golden-haired daughters together. Their girls, named James and Ines, are being raised by two of the funniest, coolest people to ever grace a red carpet. Reynolds has his Twitter followers in stitches regularly with his witty pontifications on parenthood, and Blake isn't afraid to take a stand and make a statement on social media when she believes an issue is too important to ignore. It's no doubt that their children are being raised to be caring, kind and hilarious human beings.
Reynolds loves having little girls, which only makes the guy more lovable. He has joked, “If I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled. Really, like I genuinely would be. Having a daughter was a dream come true for me." Aw.
Blake admits she's far from a perfect mother, even though this fact may be hard to believe. She spoke with Seth Meyers on Late Night about a mom she follows on Instagram that frustrates her just ab it. Lively shared, "She always has a fresh blueberry pie that's steaming and scones and clotted cream and she's reading Old Man and the Sea... and her toddler is like giving her reflexology massage. What?! It's like, 'Oh, they're both sleeping at the same time!' Like, dude, what do you do?... You are the greatest parent ever." Actually, Blake, you are. But your humility is just another reason we love you.
8 Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka
When beloved actors David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris wanted to start a family, they took matters into their own hands. Butka explained the process they went through in order to bring their fraternal twins, Harper and Gideon, into the world to Wendy Williams. Burtka shared, “It’s a lot harder for gay guys [to have kids], although we tried! [There were] two different women involved. There was an egg donor, a wonderful woman who was anonymous. We took two of our best guys and implanted them into her eggs, two different eggs.”
Harris shared in an interview with Oprah, “We really, really wanted kids. We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship-wise. We didn’t just accidentally get pregnant and decide that now we need to make this work. These kids come into our world with nothing but love.”
Oprah then responded, “The children [of gay parents] are so loved!" Her observation couldn't be any more spot on. Harris and Burtka adore their precious little ones. The quartet is always dressed to the nines, and it's no doubt that Harper and Gideon's proud papas are role models for them to emulate.
7 Jessica Alba And Cash Warren
Jessica Alba isn't just the hugely successful founder of The Honest Company, she's also a beautiful actress and a rockstar mom. Her actor husband, Cash Warren, has other talents as well, and recently launched an underwear and sock line called Pair of Thieves. These successful parents are the proud mom and pop of daughters Honor and Haven. Both Alba and Warren are creative geniuses who saw a need in society that needed to be filled, then followed their hearts to major success.
They may make running companies while also raising kids look easy, but even ultra-successful celebrities struggle sometimes. Alba has offered some great advice for busy mamas. She has shared, “Don’t get overwhelmed trying to do everything at once. Lay out what you can get done now and what will take longer.”
She also feels women with kids need to let the "mom guilt" go. Alba has also stated, "Don’t be hard on yourself. Doing your best to be present wherever you are is what’s important. Make time to eat healthy and stay active. It’s worth it to recharge once a week: Get sleep, have a date night or a girls’ night in, and drink some wine!” Thanks for the stellar advice, Jess!
6 Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher married in a private ceremony in July of 2015 and soon after announced they were expecting their first child. Kunis and Kutcher may be two of the most down-to-earth celebs to ever exist, which only makes us love them all-the-more. Kunis has admitted that fame isn't really her cup of tea. She once stated, "I don’t live to work, I work to live. I never took my career too seriously before. After becoming a mom, I definitely don’t.”
The two are the proud parents of a daughter, Wyatt, and a son, Dimitri. Kunis has described her man as "brilliant" and "and incredibly hands-on" dad.
Ashton is one of those dads we can't help but revere. Kutcher is over the moon about being a father and has shared, "It’s unbelievable. It’s the greatest thing on Earth. We’re really privileged that we have time and can afford to take time. So we don’t have a nanny or a night nurse or any of the stuff. It’s just the two of us.”
Kutcher knows how to turn on the charm, and has also gushed, "When my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.'" We love you, too Ashton and Mila!
5 Olivia Wilde And Jason Sudeikis
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis have two beautiful babies together: a son, Otis and a daughter, Daisy. They seem to have taken to their roles as parents effortlessly.
Sudeikis has shared that when it comes to raising children, "It takes a village." He continued, "We have a tiny village known as Brooklyn. But it really comes down to communication, and using all of these devices that we use too often to distance ourselves, to actually bring us closer together.” Sudeikis loves his role as a papa and has also admitted that when his son calls him 'Dada,' it's "intoxicating."
Wilde cherishes her role as a mother and has shared, "The amazing thing about becoming a parent is that you will never again be your own first priority. The gift of motherhood is the selflessness that it introduces you to, and I think that’s really freeing.” Wilde is using parenthood to inspire the work she shares with the world. She has stated that since having kids, "I take my place in the world a little bit more seriously being a mother … I hope I can tell stories that somehow benefit the world that Otis will grow up in.”
4 Matthew McConaughey And Camilla Alves
Ruggedly handsome and extremely versatile actor, Matthew McConaughey and his wife, talented model and designer, Camila Alves, have three beautiful babies together. Their oldest is a son, Levi, followed by a daughter, Vida and another son, Livingston. With the support of her husband, Camila recently became an official U.S. citizen. Whatever these two gorgeous parent are up to in their professional lives, they always make time for their adorable tots. Matthew has called parenthood "fun hard work." He's also stated, “It’s a wild, wonderful adventure. It’s a great new chapter in life, for sure.”
Not only do McConaughey and Alves adore their children, they are madly in love with each other. Matthew has described his wife as having a “real strong sense of calm. He's also shared, "We have a good flow, and neither one of us wants the other one to change. We’ve both said it, if we did change, that could be a problem! We love each other for who we are.”
Camila loves being a mother, but isn't shy about telling it like it is. Her ability to be bluntly honest is refreshing. She's stated, “I never understood when people go, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so easy being pregnant.' No, it’s hard. It’s the most beautiful thing, yes, but it’s hard.”
3 Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard may be the most fun mom and dad to ever walk the planet. It's highly likely every day they spend with their two daughters, Lincoln and Delta, is filled with joy, love and laughter. Mom-of-two Bell has said of motherhood, "Every day is something comical. Every day when you’re raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream 'This is ridiculous!' because there's so much nonsense, whether it's what they're saying to you or the fact that there's avocado or poop on every surface." Her decision to smile through the tough times is one of the reasons she's a celebrity mom we all look up to.
Dax has hilariously shared why he's such a great father. He once quipped, "I got the secret weapons — the Five S’s: swaddling, sideways, swaying, shushing and sucking." He has also stated that his experience as a dad has encompassed “every cliché I’ve ever heard.”
After his eldest daughter,Lincoln, was born, Shepard proved why he's the best dad ever with the statement, “When I look at her, it’s like when I was in 7th grade and fell in love for the first time, where it’s debilitating."
2 Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes
Ryan Gosling and his flawless wife Eva Mendes are the proud parents of two daughters: Esmeralda and Amada. The two aren't big on being in the spotlight, and have been extremely private about their relationship and children, but, every once in awhile, they share a little snippet of their life together with the world that reminds us all why, when it comes to parents, these two are pretty much the best ever.
Gosling shared with People magazine, "It sounds so clichéd, but I never knew that life could be this fun and this great." He's soaking up every minute of role as a father and loving every second of it.
Mendes is another mom who isn't afraid to keep it real. She confessed to Ellen, "Really, I'm so incredibly tired. I thought I was tired before at times, but no. Nothing like this, but I wouldn't have it any other way." Eva's take on bouncing back gives the world, and her daughters, yet another reason to adore her. She has confessed, "The whole bounce back thing… I'm like… 'Oh gosh. Ease up. It's okay. We don't have to…' you know? I mean, eventually maybe, but certainly not in a couple weeks."
1 Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel may be the cutest couple to ever exist. They gush about each other every time they make a public statement and shower their son Silas with endless love and adoration. Timberlake has admitted that his own childhood wasn't always ideal, but is choosing to learn from his past and do all he can to give his boy the best upbringing possible.
Timberlake opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about his difficult childhood, and how becoming a father has caused him to reflect on the past. He shared, "You go through your life with your own traumas, big and small, and think, 'It's not that bad, I have a lot to be thankful for, my parents did the best they could,' But then you have a child of your own, and suddenly it opens all the floodgates..."
Biel reveals to E! News what she felt was the best thing about being a mom: getting baby Silas out of his crib after his nap. She shared, " He's sort of looking around and you kind of creep up and look over the crib and he looks up and he goes [Biel lets out a big sighing sound]. Just a gummy mouth, no teeth, just a big smile, happy that you're alive and you're just looking at him. That's probably the most magical."