The problem with being in the spotlight is all of the judgment. That's just inevitable. Perhaps this is why some celebrities do their best to keep their parenting lives between them and their families. Not only is this admirable, but it's also safer for them to do so. However, a lot of celebrities use their status as an opportunity to preach their beliefs to others, capitalize off their kids, or simply try and help others. Whatever the reasoning may be, not every celebrity has come up with a legitimate style of parenting.
In fact, some styles that they use are highly questionable. Some of their ideas are from outdated beliefs, obscure sources, or simply things that they've made up in their creative minds. The fact is, every parent should merely take their advice with a grain of salt. Some of it may be okay, but sometimes these celebrities really don't know what they're talking about. And it's usually the ones who like to talk about their parenting the most who have the least helpful things to say. The ones who should be asked are the ones who mostly keep to themselves. Even if what they're saying isn't all bad, it's still fun to laugh at them a little. Without further ado, here are the 20 Most Questionable Parenting Methods In Hollywood.
20 Madonna's Food Program
Over the years we have found out about some of Madonna's parenting rules. One such rule was that Madonna's kids were only allowed to eat macrobiotics. This meant that the kids weren't allowed to eat any preservatives, salt, sweets, chocolate, or any dairy products. This made eating slightly less fun than it should be and a lot more restrictive. Additionally, in terms of water, for a while Madonna made her kids drink Kabbalah water, which is incredibly expensive spring water that's been blessed by Kabbalah religious leaders. They weren't allowed to drink tap water or any other bottled water, just this special kind.
19 Alanis Morissette's Endless Breastfeeding
Rocker Alanis Morissette claimed that she planned to breastfeed her year-and-a-half-year-old son far beyond two years of age when most women stop. Actually, she claimed that she would do so until he was five or six years old. At the very least, she would see when he wanted to stop before taking him away from breastfeeding. This may seem really odd, and it sort of is, but it's actually very similar behavior to what anthropologists have found in non-human primates such as gorillas. Still, not many parents would be willing to do this. And one might argue that many parents would, at the very least, raise their eyebrows at this parenting style.
18 Mayim Bialik Bedshares
Big Bang Theory star and neuroscientist (seriously) Mayim Bialik is incredibly vocal about how she thinks kids should be raised. Not only that, but she seems to draw attention to how she does things at home on the day-to-day. Bialik strongly advocates for "attachment parenting". This basically involves sleeping with, carrying, and extending breastfeeding for kids for as long as the parents feel it's necessary. Bottles and formulas are not an option because they aren't natural to mammals, which is basically what her parenting styles advocate. Bialik actually went to the trouble of writing a book about it called, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.
17 Gwyneth Paltrow Only Allows Her Kids To Watch Foreign TV
When it comes to preachy celebrities, Gwyneth Paltrow usually is seen as the quintessential example. This is mostly due to oddly pretentious phrases like "consciously uncoupling" and her company GOOP, which she claims that she doesn't even know what she's selling. But this immensely talented actor is also vocal about one of the ways she parents her kids; she only allows them to watch T.V. in a foreign language. They aren't allowed to enjoy things in the primary language spoken here. They have to learn a language like French or Spanish while they are watching television. This means she actually goes to France to purchase all of her kids' cartoons.
16 Paloma Faith Is Dedicated To Gender Neutrality
There's absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting to push a child into a stereotypical outfit, activity, or behavior that corresponds with the natural biological gender they were born to. In fact, it's a great thing that so many people are becoming aware of how something like pushing a color onto a kid can have a negative effect. But singer Paloma Faith takes this to a whole new level. She wouldn't even tell the press what biological gender her kid was. That's how dedicated to gender neutrality she is. She doesn't want her kid seeing themselves as a boy or a girl until they make these choices for themselves. And while there are some great lessons to be learned in this, we can't help but think she's taken this a bit too far.
15 Penelope Cruz Believes That Babies Shouldn't Be Treated Like Babies
Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem are among many Hollywood celebrities who subscribe to a school of parenting philosophy called Resources for Infant Educarers, or RIE for short. RIE is focused on the idea that babies should not be treated like babies. They shouldn't be given things like sippy cups or endure baby talk because it belittles them. Cruz, along with Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, and Tobey Maguire, all chose to treat their kid with "dignity" instead of letting them be kids. This also means that they are not allowed toys, pacifiers, baby walkers, or even high chairs. Frankly, all of this seems pretty intense.
14 Alicia Silverstone Bird-fed Her Kid
Without a doubt, Clueless and Batman & Robin actor Alicia Silverstone was practicing one of the weirdest parenting techniques in all of Hollywood. Essentially, she advocates for chewing up food in one's mouth and feeding it to your baby as a bird would. Yep, you read that correctly. She absolutely adores her son taking chewed food right out of her mouth. Silverstone even posted an icky video of herself mouth-feeding her son on her healthy food site TheKindLife.com. Hilariously, this type of parenting may actually have health benefits. One study shows that the babies who experienced this type of feeding might run lower risks of eczema and asthma than babies who haven't.
13 Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed's Month Of Silence
Actors cease to find ways of sounding utterly pretentious when it comes to their parenting techniques. One such technique has been laid out by Twilight star Nicki Reed and her husband, Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder. The pair now has a kid, but before this baby arrived Reed explained that, "After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate." This means that they will be completely isolated from the rest of the world, including from any outside help from parents. There's absolutely nothing realistic when it comes to this parenting technique, especially from a logistical perspective.
12 Joe Simpson The Manager
Jessica and Ashlee Simpson's father, Joe, had a very peculiar way of parenting his daughters; he decided to manage their professional lives. This also meant showing them off to their potential employers. When it came to Jessica, she was marketed for her looks above all. This meant that Joe was actually pushing his daughter's look upon potential employers. He was even quoted saying some pretty icky things about her in a GQ interview in 2004. On many occasions, it seemed like Joe was taking the spotlight away from his daughters instead of actually helping their work. But before all this, he was spending more time being their manager instead of actually parenting. It's almost as if stardom was more important than parenting.
11 Mama June Doesn't Consider Her Kids
It's arguable that Mama June is the least awesome parent on this list. This is primarily because of one of the parenting choices that have landed her in some trouble. Although there are about a thousand reasons why this Honey Boo-Boo star is highly questionable, the main reason has to do with who she invited into her home to be her co-parent. Without going into the details, she brought in a man who is unsuitable for being around kids. He had already proven that he was unsuitable to be around Mama June's own daughter. And yet, she was happy to bring him back around her kids. Frankly, this is just no good. Yep, she's the least awesome one.
10 Jenny McCarthy The Anti-Vaccer
Jenny McCarthy has been an utterly bold advocate of the anti-vaccination movement. This Sirius XM star completely believes that vaccinations cause all sorts of problems in children and therefore has refused to give her kid any, as well as tells other parents to do the same. She's actually not alone in this endeavor, as Alicia Silverstone (on this list again) and Kristin Cavallari stand strongly with McCarthy. The biggest problem with McCarthy's stance is that there's absolutely zero science behind it. Vaccinations have been proven to reduce (and in some cases, get rid of) multiple problems that lead to the end of children. In short, vaccinations are not only a miracle, but they are also vital and necessary for everyone to get as they only work if everyone is doing it.
9 Leah Remini's Nighttime Feeding
Leah Remini has been in the news for a lot of reasons over the years. Some of the work she's doing is incredibly important and should be paid attention to. However, some of her parenting techniques are highly questionable. One such technique is her love of nighttime feedings. This means that her daughter was drinking six to eight bottles of milk during the night. This is opposed to spacing out the feedings throughout the days. She had reasons for this, some of which are backed up by others, but ultimately many parents questioned how good going to bed on a full stomach is. Additionally, her child would have to be using a lot of diapers at night while she slept.
8 Michael Jackson Created A Private World For His Kids
Michael Jackson lived a life that was highly questionable. We are seeing so much more of it be uncovered in recent years. But back when this legendary pop singer was alive, he decided to raise his kids in a completely closed off world. It's what he called "Neverland". Essentially, he created a private world for his three kids, Paris, Michael Jr, and Prince (AKA Blanket) to grow up in. This included somewhere that they could be homeschooled until they were all 13-years-old. Most of their lives revolved around this massive house/school/amusement park. In fact, it must have felt pretty isolating for them until they were allowed to go out into the world.
7 Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis' Kids Believe They're Poor
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have gone to many lengths to make sure that their kids don't grow up to be little monsters. For example, they've raised their kids not to expect Christmas or Hanukkah presents. If they get some, it's a treat. While this is a great technique, as well as a cost-effective one, another one of their other techniques has made news for being a little out there. Essentially, Kutcher and Kunis are bringing up their two kids to believe that they're poor. It's their parents who have money, not them. But everything that the kids have is because of their parents' hard work and they will need to do the same if they are to have anything. Seriously, they are very adamant about this. No hand-me-downs will be given. They need to work for it.
6 Lisa Whelchel's Odd Use Of Condiments
The Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel is known for using a particularly odd and quite questionable parenting technique when disciplining her children. She advocates for the use of jalapeno, cayenne, or habanero sauce on children who act out of line. She claims that a simple dollop of this sauce in their mouths will get them to stop acting poorly. Although her parenting books offer a ton of very strange parenting tips, this has got to be the one that garnered the most response. For the record, child behavior therapists do not recommend Whelchel's style of discipline as it can be harmful to the kids. But Whelchel says that it works.
5 Gisele Bundchen's Potty Training Technique
Gisele Bündchen is currently one of the most famous retired models and celebrities around, especially since her husband, Tom Brady, constantly thanks her for her support with his incredible football wins. But all of this success causes us to forget that the pair is also known for some pretty silly things. Their social and economic opinions aside, their parenting advice is pretty questionable. Bündchen uses "elimination communication" to potty train her kids. This means you carry the baby around and hold them above the toilet until they finally decide to go to the bathroom. Eventually, she would anticipate the kid's natural potty schedule and she wouldn't have to hold the kid over the toilet for very long.
4 Will And Jada Pinkett-Smith Allow Their Kids To Set Their Own Consequences
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are known for their pretty questionable parenting techniques. After all, they have been very vocal about that part of their lives. However, they have never been the type to push their style on others. Instead, they just like to talk about it. And among the very questionable things they've said that they don't have any specific and punishable rules at home. Instead, they inform them of why what they did might be considered wrong. The pair says that they guide their kids, Jaden and Willow, but they actually allow them to come up with their own punishment when they've done something wrong. There's no question that this is a bit odd.
3 Kris Jenner Makes Her Family Famous
Kris Jenner makes Joe Simpson look like peanuts when it comes to mixing parenting with managing. In fact, it's kind of hard to see when Jenner actually parented her kids at all. Most of what she's done seems to have revolved around making her daughters as famous as possible and major money makers. Although she unquestionably set her kids up for life, her motives and style are highly questionable. In fact, the way she made her kids famous (most of whom really have no discernible talent) is pretty over-the-line when it comes to parent/child relationships. One could have a lot of respect for Jenner for her managerial skills, but parenting is another story.
2 Candance Cameron Isn't Afraid Of Old-School Parenting
Full House star Candace Cameron is a big fan of old-school parenting. A lot of her techniques have been proven to be bad for developing children, and in some cases, are actually not allowed. And yet, Cameron and her husband are fine to do them. For example, according to Bure, she and her husband use the Holy Bible as their parenting handbook. This is how they claim that disciplining their kids as the Bible says to, is acceptable. They are fine to be hard about it too as it's seen as a disciplinary technique as opposed to something that kids should just shrug off. In short, they want to make sure their kids feel the event.
1 The Osbourne's Life In Front Of The Camera
Before the Kardashians/Jenners, it was the Osbournes who had control of the reality TV landscape. They decided to put their lives and the lives of two of their three kids on television for the world to see. One of the most intelligent moves that Sharon and Ozzy ever made was let one of their daughters bow out from the show. This meant that in the eyes of the viewers, she didn't exist. However, their other two kids practically grew up with cameras in their house almost 24 hours of the day for years. This led to a number of different issues that the Osbourne kids had to deal with, including some pretty serious ones. So, as entertaining as this show was, it may not have been the best parenting technique. In short, it's highly questionable.
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