These days Jessica Biel makes more headlines for her personal life than for her Hollywood career. But does that surprise us? Truthfully, not really, and that’s mostly because we can’t remember the title of the last movie that she starred in. Now, don’t get us wrong here. Jessica Biel is a beautiful and talented actress. We’re pretty sure that the only problem is that most people are interested in her marriage to Justin Timberlake and their family life more than anything else. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In fact, Jessica herself knows that and that’s why she often talks about her marriage and her new life as a mom more than her career in her interviews these days.
Now, Jessica would like for her fans to think that she’s really honest about what happens behind closed doors at her house. She often posts behind the scenes photos of her daily life as a mom on her social media accounts. She also talks about how her parenting style has changed her relationship with her husband, Justin Timberlake. With that being said, here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about Jessica Biel’s parenting style. Some of these might surprise you, some of these might not. Let us know what you think!
15 She Hates The Terrible Two’s
As we all know, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have just one son, Silas. And apparently, the young tot gave his parents a good run for their money during the terrible two’s. It was so bad that Jessica even publicly admitted to it. Just like so many other parents, she often struggles to give her child everything he needs while also trying to find a good balance for herself. For her, it’s not easy and it’s something that she grapples with on a daily basis.
She’s said, “You think you’re a selfless person, and then you realize you’re not. These little people come around, and they require so much, and your schedule is really not your own, nor is it important anymore, and it’s very clear that your life is now revolving around this dude.”
14 She Struggles With Time Management
Jessica Biel might not be working as much as she used to in Hollywood, but she’s still having a hard time balancing her career with her home life. I’m sure that a lot of people can relate, regardless if they work from home or outside of the house. She is so lost sometimes that she barely has the time to eat. Instead, she picks on the food on her son’s plate. We’ve all been there and done that, right?
She’s confessed, “That is what happens when you are a mom or a dad. You make food, they eat what they eat, and you literally ― as they are running off trying to grab something ― you are shoveling the last few bites off of their plate. And that is your lunch...that is your lunch.”
13 She’s Enjoying The Peaceful Moments
When you have a small baby in the house, rarely do you get any peaceful moments to yourself, right? Sure, a lot of parents get lucky with easy babies, but then there are those who can be quite the handful! And Jessica knows this all too well. That’s why she tries to sneak in as many quiet moments as possible, even if they do end up being pretty disgusting at the end. You know, just like that moment you catch your baby looking at you after a big diaper blow-out!
She once said, “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...but you quickly move on from it because there is a dirty diaper in your palm.”
12 She’s Not Into Crazy Celebrity Trends
These days when a celebrity announces that they are pregnant, you almost can’t help but fear for their future child, right? And that’s not because you think that the person is going to be a bad celebrity parent. Instead, you are more worried about what kind of an awful name he or she is going to get. I mean, we’ve heard everything from Apple Martin to Inspektor Pilot, and of course, Chicago West. Thankfully, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are not in that category. They are not interested in giving their kids names that they will most likely change after their 18th birthday.
Jessica has said in the past, “If I got a dollar every time someone told me to name my future kid 'Batmo' I'd almost have enough to pay for therapy for a kid named Batmo.”
11 She’s Dreamed Of This Her Entire Life
Let’s face it: when it comes to parenthood, there are a lot of people out there who are fit and ready for the job. And then there are those who really think about it. Jessica says that she is one of those people who has always wanted to have a baby and a family of her own. And thankfully, she has everything she’s ever wanted with her husband Justin and their son Silas.
She’s said, “Honestly, I didn’t grow up dreaming about having kids and having a family. I was so focused on my career and so focused on my selfish existence...but I think meeting my husband inspired me. One day I just woke up and knew it’s what I wanted to do and it’s been the hardest, greatest thing ever and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.”
10 But She Did Have Other Plans, Too
Before Jessica Biel became a household name (thanks to her role on 7th Heaven) she did have other plans in life. She didn’t necessarily want to become a Hollywood actress, nor did she ever really dream about it. Instead, from a very young age, she wanted to become a surgeon. We always knew that Jessica was pretty tough, but we had no idea that she was this tough. It’s no wonder that nothing about motherhood bothers her or surprises her - she could've been a real-life Meredith Grey!
She said in the past, “At 10, I was intrigued by surgery, I wanted to be a surgeon for a long time. I love doctor shows and surgery shows. Blood is not an issue for me. I even took pictures once of me getting my blood taken.”
9 She’s A Hands-On Mom
There are a lot of celebrities in the entertainment world that would rather hire a team of nannies and assistants to help them get their jobs done on a daily basis. We know this and we’ve seen it so many times in the past, too. But not Jessica Biel. She insists that she’s a hands-on mom and that she would rather go through motherhood on her own. Sure, Justin gives her a helping hand, but according to Jessica, she would rather not have a nanny do everything she’s supposed to do for Silas.
“This is just the mom life,” she said about an Instagram photo of an empty plate she had in the shower. “I don’t know if anybody else does this. I do not have time for anything. I’m feeding him in the morning, trying to get ready and I realize I haven’t eaten. I just take it into the shower.”
8 But She’s Nothing Like Her Own Mom
According to Jessica herself, she’s not raising her family the same way that she was raised. Sure, things might be a little different, considering that she’s a Hollywood actress and she’s married to one of the biggest music stars in the world. But at the same time, she’s trying to keep her family as down to earth as possible. She doesn’t want to give too much to Silas (or in other words spoil him), nor does she want to strip many aspects of everyday life away from him, either. For Jessica, parenting is all about finding balance, which is something she really never had as a kid herself.
She once explained, “My mom was [a hippie]. We weren't allowed sugar cereal. We weren't allowed processed foods-except Van de Kamp's fish sticks. We never locked the front door.”
7 She Still Can’t Live A Normal Life
Let’s be honest here: when you are married to a person like Justin Timberlake, there is no way that you will ever be able to walk alone down a street in Los Angeles or shop at a Whole Foods by yourself. That’s just not going to happen. Wherever Jessica tries to go somewhere with her family, there’s a good chance that the paparazzi is following her from behind. And yes, that has to be annoying as hell, but it’s also part of Jessica’s reality. She also knows that any wrong move will end up in the tabloid magazines the next day.
She once confessed, “I can't even go to the dry cleaner by myself anymore. You're seen in public with anybody that you might not even know, and you're speculated about.”
6 Has She Given Up On Her Career?
Even though Jessica Biel still manages to get television roles here and there, it looks like her movie career might be done and out. The last time she was in a big box office movie was in 2012’s Total Recall with Colin Farrell. While Jessica hasn’t really said this herself, a lot of people think that she might have given up on her career. She’s working for the sake of still working, but she’s not chasing her career like she used to. Instead, she’s settled on what she has and is focusing more on being a good mother at home to Silas.
Plus, she also did have this to say: “Being Sexiest Woman Alive definitely didn't just open all the doors for me, which I thought it would. I thought, 'This is going to be huge for me!' And it really wasn't at all.”
5 She Doesn’t Expect Perfection
A lot of celebrity mothers would love to have you believe that their lives are perfect. Everything about their marriage is perfect, their family life is great and, of course, their Instagram feeds looks like their highlight reel. But not Jessica. She wants to show everyone the good, the bad, and the plain old ugly. She’s not interested in being a perfect parent and she doesn’t expect it, either. She just wants to make it to the end of the day, every day. And thank goodness for her honesty, too.
She said, “I'm not a perfect person who doesn't mess up, eat badly, and not work out - I do all those things. It's just for the most part, when I'm working, I don't feel like I have the choice. I have to bring my A-game.”
4 She’s Not Into Gender Stereotypes
As I’m sure everyone knows, Justin Timberlake is very into his masculinity. And when Jessica dresses up on the red carpet, she loves to look as feminine as possible. But apparently, Jessica isn’t interested in raising her children based on gender roles and stereotypes. Because that wasn’t the way she was raised. For her, it doesn’t matter if her kids play with Barbies or Spiderman or dress up as a princess-cowboy hybrid for that matter.
Jessica once recalled, “My Barbies were usually naked. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we'd string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic. My parents were so cool - they saw it as a form of self-expression.”
3 She Wants To Raise Her Kids Outside
It’s without a doubt known that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have the capability to raise their family any way they like or anywhere they want for that matter. And according to Jessica, she wants to raise her kids outside. She wants them to appreciate the outdoors, just like she did while she was growing up. She wants Silas to play in the dirt and mud, get hurt and roll down fields the same way that she did.
Jessica once recalled about her childhood, “We lived in Colorado, and my parents were outdoorsy mountain people. My father would always say, 'Go out and don't come back until you have something to show me.' Which meant he wanted me to come back with a scraped knee or an injury. When I went out to play, I felt like I'd better get hurt.”
2 She Wants Them To Be Self-Confident
Jessica has made it no secret that living in Los Angeles is tough and trying to find good work in Hollywood is even tougher. She’s in the kind of business that could do some major damage to your self-esteem if you are not careful. And that’s not something she wants for her own children. She wants to raise them as self-confident as humanly possible.
Jessica confessed, “For a very long time, I wasn't thought of as anyone with any credibility in the film world. Everybody is tramping through the swamp every day in this business. 'I'm worth it, I'm credible - believe me, give me a shot!' That's the way I feel on a consistent basis. I've always been physical. I have no concept of what life is like without physical activity.”
1 It’s Her Best Role Yet
Say what you will about Jessica Biel, but there’s no denying that she absolutely loves being a mom. In fact, she talks about it all the time. With all of the roles she’s had in the past – on both television and the big screen – it’s pretty clear that being a mother is the most important role of her life. And it’s one that she wants to get better at each and every day. We wouldn’t be surprised if she did expand on this role by having another baby with Justin Timberlake sooner rather than later. Right, folks?
Jessica said, “It's a new stage and a new moment in my life. I'm moving forward. It feels quite inspiring, fun, and positive. As I get older, I find a greater sense of self-confidence. I've learned that it's fine to not try to be anything else but myself.”
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