Being a child star is not always easy, as we've seen time after time again with multiple young celebs who somehow end up going down a very difficult road in life. But then there are some of them who miraculously manage to survive the negative side of being in the spotlight at an early age, and proceed to be even more successful later on in life. Today we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite former child stars who are moms today, and check out how they're doing. They have certainly come a long way, from being on the screen before they even graduated high school to raising children of their own. From Academy Award winners such as Reese Witherspoon to teen icons like Hilary Duff to some who gave us surprising teen pregnancies — yup, we're looking at Britney's little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears: These actresses have all proven that child stars can find their way, be successful in the industry, survive any obstacles thrown their way, and end up becoming amazing mothers. And the story doesn't end here, all of these still have very active plans for the future, and we seriously can't wait to see what other amazing things they (and their kids) have planned to give us!
Alright, here they are: 15 former child stars we all loved (and still do) who are mothers today!
15 Hilary Duff
Let's kick this list of moms off with one of our favorite early-2000s child stars, the one and only Hilary Duff! Seriously, most millennials grew up watching her conquer life and its ups and downs as the iconic Lizzie McGuire, and that character taught us so many important lessons. Hilary, who as a twelve-year-old had her first role in the 1998 Casper Meets Wendy movie, went on to become one of the biggest teen stars of her time. Fast forward to 2012, and the star gave birth to her son Luca, and then to 2018 when she welcomed her daughter Banks to the world.
14 Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears was a known child star and Britney Spears's little sister, who was the lead on Nickelodeon's hit show Zoey 101. Her image was flawless until 2007 when she got pregnant at the age of 16. This changed her life drastically, as Zoey 101 was canceled. She gave birth to her daughter Maddie in 2008, and 10 years later, in 2018 she gave birth to her second daughter, Ivey Joan. While everyone was freaking out that she got pregnant at 16, Jamie seems to have figured it all out, and both of her daughters seem healthy and happy.
13 Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart was a huge child star in the '90s, with starring roles on shows like Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She had her acting debut at the young age of 7 and has been showing up on TV screens ever since. In 2003 she married musician Mark Wilkerson, and the couple has three adorable sons, born in 2006, 2008, and 2012. And while Melissa is a full-time mom, she also still acts in TV shows and feature films. Being on screen from such a young age definitely made her have an amazing work ethic and time-management skills!
12 Tia And Tamera Mowry
Two of the most iconic Hollywood twins, Tia and Tamera Mowry, started acting at the young age of twelve, but they had their big breakthrough in the sitcom Sister, Sister, which premiered in 1994. In 2011 Tia had her first son, Cree Taylor, and last year she gave birth to her first daughter, Cairo Tiahna. Her sister Tamara had her firstborn son, Aden John, in 2012 and daughter Ariah Talea in 2015. The two have surely come a long way since their days on Sister, Sister, and we can't wait to see what they (and their adorable kids) do next!
11 Beverley Mitchell
Wo doesn't remember Beverley Ann Mitchell as Lucy Camden-Kinkirk on the TV hit show 7th Heaven? She started acting in the show at the age of thirteen and stayed on it for seven seasons as one of the main characters. But Beverly didn't have her first role on that show; her acting debut was actually in 1990 at the age of seven in the TV series Big Brother Jake. Fast forward to 2013, and Beverly welcomed her first daughter, and then to 2015 when the family was joined by an adorable son. In 2018, Beverly opened up about having a loss earlier that year, in hopes of helping people be more open about this topic.
10 Jodie Sweetin
Now let's move on to some Full House kiddos. While Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen undoubtedly stole the show for all other kids in their iconic role of Michelle Tanner, Jodie Sweetin definitely also had her memorable moments as the family's middle child, Stephanie Tanner. She started playing the role in 1987, at the age of five! Nowadays Jodie has two daughters, the first named Zoie, who was born in 2008, and the second named Beatrix, who was born in 2010. Jodie definitely had her ups and downs in life after becoming famous as a child, but she seems to have managed to figure it all out!
9 Candace Cameron Bure
We could not have mentioned Jodie Sweetin without also including Candace Cameron Bure! The oldest Full House sister, D.J. Tanner, was that kind of character everyone loved. She was played by Candace at the young age of eleven, and we got to see D.J. go through her teens and become a grown woman. Cameron married NHL hockey player Valeri Bure (of Russia) in 1996, and together they have three children: a daughter, Natasha who was born in 1998, and two sons born in 2000 and 2002. Daughter Natasha Bure actually had her own little moment of fame when she competed in season 11 of The Voice at the age of 18.
8 Christy Carlson Romano
Christy Carlson Romano is another child star who is a mom now. Christy became famous for her role as Ren Stevens in the Disney Channel show Even Stevens, and she played everyone's favorite mean girl in Cadet Kelly, a movie fellow child star mom Hilary Duff starred in, as well. While she starred in Even Stevens at the age of sixteen, her acting debut was actually four years earlier in 1996. Christy had her firstborn daughter in 2016 and is currently expecting her second child with writer-producer Brendan Rooney. Can we all just take a moment to admire how adorbz their daughter is!
7 Maureen McCormick
Another iconic child star is Maureen McCormick, who portrayed Marcia Brady on the ABC television sitcom The Brady Bunch in the late '60s and early '70s. Maureen, who had her acting debut in 1964 in Bewitched, started playing Marcia in 1969, at the age of thirteen. The famous Hollywood star has one child, a daughter named Natalie Michelle, born in 1989. While Maureen definitely has a memorable and impressive acting portfolio with roles such as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan and Betty Rizzo in Grease, most of us will always remember her perfect portrayal of the one and only Marcia Brady.
6 Tatyana Ali
Let's move on to child star Tatyana Ali, who had her acting debut in 1985 at the age of six, by playing Tatyana on Sesame Street. Since then, this girl was unstoppable, and her most memorable and iconic role was as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the first half of the '90s. Tatyana, who is now 40, has a son born in 2016. Can we all just agree that she, her husband, Vaughn Rasberry, assistant professor of English at Stanford University, and their adorable little son are the cutest family ever? Yup, it's been decided!
5 Alexa PenaVega
Next on our list is actress Alexa PenaVega, best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series. Alexa had her acting debut at the age of five by playing Emily Newton in a couple of episodes of the TV show Evening Shade, but it wasn't until her role in Spy Kids in 2001 that she got pretty famous. At that time, Alexa was thirteen years old. The actress, who is married to fellow actor and singer Carlos Pena Jr., nowadays spends her time on a family YouTube channel called LexLovesLos. She gave birth to a son in 2016, and in January 2019 announced that she and her husband are expecting their second child.
4 Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris, also known as the scream queen for all her memorable film roles, actually also had her acting debut in a flick of the same genre. Back in 1988, at the young age of five, little Danielle played Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and a year later she played the same character in the next sequel, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. After this, her roles were kind of set, Danielle played many characters in different movies. Nowadays Danielle is the mother of two sons, one born in 2017 and one in 2018, and she's still a movie queen!
3 Christina Ricci
Who doesn't remember Christina Ricci's iconic child roles? She had her acting debut in the movie Mermaids at the age of ten, and ever since then, this lady has been unstoppable. Most of us remember her as a child portraying Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family which was released in 1991 when she was eleven. Christina went on to become one of Hollywood's staple names, and she has many awards to prove it. Nowadays the 39-year-old is raising her son Freddie, who was born in 2014, while still being a successful actress. We can't wait to see more of what she has prepared for us, and can we all just make a petition for an Addams Family remake with her as Morticia?
2 Danica McKellar
Actress Danica McKellar is best known for her role of Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, the main love interest of Kevin Arnold in the hit ABC comedy-drama show The Wonder Years. While she started acting in it at the age of thirteen, she actually had her first role in The Twilight Zone at the age of ten. In 2010 Danica had her first child with composer Mike Verta, a son named Draco. Besides being a successful actress, Danica has also authored several mathematics-related books and has a couple of published academic papers, which is quite impressive for someone who grew up in the world of glitz and glam.
1 Reese Witherspoon
Last but not least on our list is Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon. Reese made her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon back in 1991, when she was only fifteen years old! Ever since Reese has been starring in huge blockbusters and snatching awards left and right for her amazing performances. The now-42-year-old actress has two children: daughter Ava Elizabeth born in 1999 (who is the spitting image of her beautiful mom), and two sons born in 2003 and 2012. Reese went from child star to one of Hollywood's biggest names, and she doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon!