Even though celebrities really aren’t like normal folks, they do face many of the same struggles and challenges that all parents face. Parenting is hard work, whether someone is a movie star or an average Joe. These celebrity parents weren’t afraid to get real about what raising kids is all about. From the terrible two's, the never-ending messes, and often not knowing what the heck they’re doing, even the stars know how tough parenting is.
The most important thing- whether you’re a famous mom or dad, or just a typical soccer parent- is to know that you deserve a huge pat on the back! No one ever said being a parent is easy work. Sometimes you won’t know what to do or may second guess your actions. But just remember that you’re doing the best you can for your little ones, and that’s really all you can do. Though parenting is stressful and a heck of a lot of responsibility, remember to reward yourself once in a while for all that you do.
Kids may not know how much their parents do for them on a regular basis, but when they become parents they’ll definitely come to realize all that they put their own parents through.
15 Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds gets the award for being the funniest and most relatable parent of the year! The actor, who shares daughters James and Ines with wife Blake Lively, is know for his humorous Twitter account where her regularly updates fans about his home life- but in the most hilarious way possible.
In July 2016, he sent out this iconic Tweet: “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on Earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course.” A few months before that, he also shared this Tweet with his fans: “My daughter just sneezed into my yawning mouth. Seemed really f*cking pleased with herself. Joke’s on her. She’ll have to burry me someday.” Having Ryan as a dad must be a hoot!
14 Sandra Bullock
Raising a son can be a challenge when you’re a single mom. There’s certain quirks and behaviors that are exclusive to the male gender. Actress Sandra Bullock has learned about that as she raises her son Louis.
To E! News, the star once said, "He's [son Louis] all dude. He's just a dude. And, I'm learning a lot about being a dude! Apparently when you sleep, your hand needs to be down your pants. I didn't know that as a woman! What are we doing wrong as women...should we be doing that?"
After a nasty divorce from ex husband Jesse James, Sandra decided to adopt to expand her family, something the two had been thinking of doing together. The celeb is now a single mom to two children; son Louis, adopted in 2010, and a daughter Laila, adopted in 2015.
13 Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling and his partner Eva Mendes are notoriously private about their personal life. The famous couple have two daughters, 2-year old Esmeralda and 1-year old Amada. Though not much is known about their adorable family, Ryan has revealed that fatherhood has completely changed his life.
Speaking to GQ, the actor once explained, “Eva’s the dream mother, and they’re dream babies, and it’s like a dream that I’m having right now. I’m dreaming it all. So I feel so lucky… When you meet your kids you realise that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve… My life [has] changed. And thank God it did.”
12 Olivia Wilde
As adults, we love a rainy day to have an excuse to be lazy. But Olivia Wilde reveals that kids don’t always think the same way. Back in June 2016, the spunky actress Tweeted: “Turns out toddler don’t consider rainy days to be sloth days reserved for Netflix and sweatpants. Their loss.” It sounds like a certain toddler decided to be energetic, even though mom wasn’t feeling it!
Olivia has her hands full with two little ones, who she shares with her husband Jason Sudeikis. The two began dating in 2011 and got engaged in January 2013. They have two kids: 3-year old son Otis Alexander and 1-year old daughter Daisy Josephine. Whatever they do to pass time on a rainy day, we’re sure life is never boring in the Wilde-Sudeikis household.
11 Chris Martin
Chris Martin knows that everyone should help out around the house, especially dads! He once revealed that he’s a hands-on dad who isn’t afraid to change diapers, and he thinks all fathers should be the same way, too.
The Coldplay frontman once said to Marie Claire, “Men should always change diapers. It’s a very rewarding experience. It’s mentally cleansing. It’s like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.”
The musician shares two children, 13-year old Apple and 11-year old Moses, with his ex wife Gwyneth Paltrow. Chris and Gwyneth are famous for “consciously uncoupling” when they announced their divorce, but they’ve always seemed to put the best interests of their kids first. They still will take family trips altogether!
10 Amy Poehler
All moms work hard, regardless if she’s with the kids all day or has a job outside of the home. Amy Poehler, who is a mom to 8-year old Archie and 6-year old Abel, got real about what it’s like to be a mom with a job that takes her away from her kids often. Even those some moms might feel guilty if this is their reality, she knows there’s absolutely no reason they should.
"There is an unspoken pact that women are supposed to follow. I am supposed to act like I constantly feel guilty about being away from my kids. (I don't. I love my job.)” The funny woman wrote in her book Yes Please. “Mothers who stay at home are supposed to pretend they are bored and wish they were doing more corporate things. (They don't. They love their job.)"
9 John Legend
After welcoming daughter Luna with his wife Chrissy Teigen, John Legend spoke to the media about wanting to take some time off to focus on his young family. He said to E! News, “I feel like, my mentality is just to be open and ready to help with whatever I can, and to be as loving to my wife and to our daughter as much as possible.”
He also encouraged other dads to consider paternity leave if it would be a good fit for their family. He added, “I think paternity leave is good. I think it’s good for me to be home with Chrissy and helping her with whatever she needs, and I want to get to know our little baby!” Chrissy and John have spoken about wanting several children, so hopefully they’ll be adding another bundle of joy to their family soon (because Luna is adorable)!
8 Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds isn’t the only one in his family who has some hilarious antidotes about parenting. His wife Blake Lively has been open about the challenges she’s faced while parenting their two little girls.
To the Los Angeles Times, she once revealed, "You never know when you're gonna get crapped on or when you're gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics. It might be like living with a drug addict." Babies definitely make a mess (especially when you have a couple under the age of 5), so we’re sure Blake knows a thing or two about the chaos of parenting.
In another interview, she once said that you just have to start everyday with a positive mind. She explained, “It’s the choice that you have to wake up every day and say, ‘There’s no reason today can’t be the best day of my life.” We totally agree!
7 Adam Levine
It’s scary for all first-time parents when you bring baby home for the first time. As prepared as you might be, you’ll still feel like there are a ton of things you don’t know about raising another human. Adam Levine felt exactly this way when he welcomed his first child, daughter Dusty Rose, with wife Behati Prinsloo.
“I’ve been a parent for three weeks: What do I know?” Adam told Ryan Seacrest in an interview. “I don’t know anything, but its kind of part of the beauty of it, honestly. There are a lot of instincts, a lot of things that kind of kick in and switch on. It’s a beautiful experience.” We bet bringing home Dusty Rose was scary for Adam, but these new parents seemed to have transitioned well to parenthood.
6 Halle Berry
Actress Halle Berry is a proud mom to both a son and a daughter: 9-year old Nahla and 3-year old Maceo. This star definitely knows about the differences between parenting girls and boys.
Once while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she explained, "There's a difference between boys and girls. You know, I'm nursing both…I breastfed Nahla and I'm nursing my baby. When I would put Nahla on the boob she would go a nice little girly suck; with him, it's like he's like sucking the life out of me."
Rumours have recently been circulating that Halle might be pregnant again! The actress showed up to a red carpet event and was seen cradling what looked like a baby bump. Halle has since revealed she’s not pregnant- she only loves steak and fries! But fans would love to see this talented star welcome another little one into her brood.
5 Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has his hands full as the father of 6 children, who he shares with Angelina Jolie. The actor has said that parenting is an extremely rewarding job, but definitely the hardest one he’s ever had!
“Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on.” He once said to Marie Claire.
“[Fatherhood] is everything…. the hardest job in the world, the most rewarding job in the world…. We put in long days. And to go home and have dinner with your kids, and have to discipline one of them who’s out of line, and still have the energy for that is…. I can’t explain the fulfillment of that, but it is everything.”
4 Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner knows that sometimes you have to switch up your parenting style to figure out what works. “The absolute [greatest] thing about being a parent is that every day is a fresh start. You always can say, 'Today we're going to try this!'” She once revealed to People magazine. “And, if it goes horribly, you can say, 'Today we're throwing that out, and we're trying this!' That's part of what I like about being a mom in general."
The actress shares three children, daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel, with her ex-husband Ben Affleck. Despite their recent divorce, the former couple have reportedly been co-parenting successfully, and have even been seen hanging out altogether with their little ones.
3 Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum always plays protective characters in movie roles, but it turns out he exemplifies that in his own life as a dad to little 4-year old Everly, who he shares with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum.
Comparing fatherhood to a movie role, he once shared, “I’ve never protected the president [in real life], but I have been a new dad, and I can tell you that being a new dad is pretty terrifying. I’m pretty sure that something about the president makes the stakes a little higher, but to me as a new father, nothing is more important or scary than protecting a daughter.” Channing’s wife and daughter are sure lucky to have this loving guy in their family!
2 Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller has been open about the challenges of co-parenting with an ex- especially when things didn’t end on a good note. The actress shares 4-year old daughter Marlow with Tom Sturridge, though the former couple split in 2015. Even though they’re not together anymore, she reveals they “still love each other."
Sienna once told Harper’s Bazaar, "I think in a break-up somebody has to be a little bit cruel in order for it to be traditional, but it's not been acrimonious in a way where you would choose to not be around that person." She went on, "We don't live together, as has been reported recently, but we do half the time […] It's great for our daughter that she has two parents who love each other and are friends."
1 Reese Witherspoon
Since becoming a mom, Reese Witherspoon reveals that there isn’t a moment that goes by where she isn’t thinking of one of her kids. Speaking to Glamour, the blonde actress once explained, “I don’t think there’s been an hour of my life since Ava was born that I don’t think of my kids. I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.”
Reese is a busy mom to three kids. She shares 17-year old Ava and 13-year old Deacon with her ex husband Ryan Phillippe. She also has 4-year old son Tennessee with her current husband James Toth. To say that this mama has her hands full with her large brood is an understatement!
Sources: E!News, Glamour.com, People.com, Harper's Bazar