Britney came on the scene in the '90s as a pop princess and her professional success shot to superstardom. We have watched her grow up, get married and even have children. Every parent has their own way of raising their children and we all make mistakes.
Starting off, Britney certainly seemed to struggle with parenting and even made a few major mistakes. But she got her life together and seems to have put her children first. She is certainly what we would call a “cool mom” who loves her boys very much. She has spoken of having more children in the future and we look forward to that possibility.
Her sister Jamie-Lynn Spears had a very different experience as a mother because she got pregnant young and actually had to walk away from her TV success because of it.
The two seem to have very different styles of parenting but one is not more right or wrong than the other. They have both grown up and their children are creeping close to their teenage years. Jamie-Lynn recently had an addition to her family so her first daughter is going to know what being a big sister is all about. Check out these 20 parenting styles we’d only see from the Spears sisters!
20 Jamie-Lynn Was A Young Mother
Most parents wouldn’t be too impressed to have their 16-year-old come home and tell them she’s pregnant. It’s just not what we, as parents, envision for our children. At the time, Jamie-Lynn was on the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101 — which enraged parents whose children were fans of the show.
Jamie-Lynn found out about her pregnancy in a gas station bathroom, according to Daily Mail. She stated that her family wasn’t very happy about it and not only that but she knew that there were a ton of young girls who looked up to her. She didn’t want the girls to see her walking around with a growing belly.
19 Britney Spears Loves To Go To McDonald's
Sometimes you just need a meal that is convenient and stress-free. If there is a mother out there that says she has never walked her kids happily into a McDonald's we would have to call her bluff. Britney lives a healthy lifestyle because of her job but sometimes just like us, she loves her Mickey D's. Britney has said “Sometimes I’m just like, ‘I want a hamburger!’ but when I’m in work mode, I want [to eat] very clean. I want clean chicken and veggies that’s it. My stomach is so sensitive, if I have a steak, I will be sick for three days. The burger is fine, but I have the small burgers from McDonald’s. The happy meal!”
18 Jamie-Lynn Goes On TV With Her Children
Jamie-Lynn clearly thinks now that Maddie is older that she can be revealed to more of the spotlight though she has yet to return to Hollywood full-time. We haven’t seen a lot of Jamie-Lynn since she left Hollywood but recently, she appeared on the set of Double Dare with her daughter, Maddie. Spears had only given birth to her new daughter a few months prior to appearing on the show.
According to People, she went on the show because she wanted to give Maddie some one-on-one attention since having a new baby. It was probably a really fun experience for Maddie.
17 Britney Believes In Co-Parenting With Kevin
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have certainly had their ups and downs in the past but these days they do their best to co-parent their children together. Federline doesn’t have the same type of job that she does, so he takes on a lot of the parenting roles. His family is very important to him and his job—or lack thereof—is not demanding at all. He told Touch Weekly, “Everything for me is all about family. I’m the modern-day Mr. Mom! I want to do everything in my power to give our kids a great upbringing.” The two are often photographed together watching their sons play sports.
16 Jamie-Lynn Finds Strength In Her Daughter
Jamie-Lynn told People that raising her daughter made her a stronger person and that probably has to do with growing up fast. She found strength in being a mother which is something that we can all relate to. “I like to say that having my daughter gave me a different kind of voice,” she said. “When you have to be strong not only for yourself but for someone else, you grow a whole other layer of skin that you can’t even imagine. And I think that when you go into that kind of mode, it just turns you into a person that isn’t afraid to speak up — because if I don’t, it could affect my daughter.
15 Britney Is A More Mature Mother Now
Britney had a lot of ups and downs when she first became a mom. She was getting divorced, her stardom had taken a tumble, and in 2007 she had as close to a breakdown as she could get. It was during that time that she almost dropped her child as well as being photographed driving with her child on her lap. Federline told US Weekly, “It was extremely tough watching her go through a phase where she was clearly not okay right after the divorce. There’s a lot more I could have done to help. Taking full custody of the boys sucked the life out of me, but it was for them. I have to give Britney’s dad, Jamie, a lot of credit for saving her. He made it so I could actually deal with her again.” We’re definitely glad she’s past that stage.
14 Jamie-Lynn Encourages Her Two Girls To Bond
There is a pretty big age difference between her first and second child but that hasn’t stopped Maddie from stepping up to the plate and being the best big sister possible. Bringing a new child into the home is something that everyone has to adjust to and it can be tough for other children in the house. Jamie-Lynn told People magazine that Maddie loves her little sister. Maddie was the first person to meet her new sister after she was born and Jamie-Lynn thinks that was the best bonding experience for them. She posts tons of pictures on social media of the two girls bonding together.
13 Britney Still Questions Herself As A Mother
A lot of moms can relate to the fact that we all question ourselves as mothers. It’s not an easy job and many of us feel as if we fall short. Britney has admitted that she doesn’t have all the answers. She is always reaching out to friends and family for advice when she needs it. Britney also told In Style Magazine, “As a mom, you have all these situations you go through, and you’re like, ‘What is going on? Is this normal? Is this a phase? Or what is this?’ and then you feel silly for asking questions because you think, I’m a mom, I’m supposed to know these things, but you don’t. You’re human. To be honest, I wish I had more mom friends.”
12 Jamie-Lynn’s Parents Allowed Her To Make Her Own Choices
Some parents can easily take over a situation because they feel that their teen is too young to deal with it. That wasn’t the case with Jamie-Lynn’s parents. They allowed her to raise her daughter the way that she wanted to. Fans questioned her parenting choices when she allowed her daughter, Maddie to drive an ATV alone and she crashed it. The incident almost cost the child her life and she was rushed to a hospital. Access Online reported that the child had been immersed underwater and there was fear that she didn’t get enough oxygen to her brain and body. She pulled through the ordeal and although Jamie-Lynn was criticized over the incident, she wouldn’t be the first parent to allow such a thing.
11 Britney Finds Dating Hard As A Solo Mom
For any mother who has ever experienced dating as a solo mom, kudos to you because it’s not fun by any stretch of the word. Britney has certainly had her ups and downs in the dating world since her divorce but she has been in a long-term relationship now for a couple of years. She once confessed to People magazine, “I had a really bad date. I mean, it was really bad. I’ve been [solo] for ages and had a date with a guy I liked. I was getting anxious, worrying he wouldn’t like me. In the evening I got on the scale and I had lost six pounds… We went to the movies, but I could tell right away it wasn’t working. It was sort of awkward. So after the movie, I came home and that was it. It just didn’t work [...] He just wasn’t that into me. I liked him. He knew that. But he definitely didn’t feel the same. It happens to everybody. Being famous doesn’t make you any different.”
10 Jamie-Lynn Left Hollywood Behind For her Daughter
Unlike her sister, Jamie-Lynn couldn’t work and take care of her new baby. She decided to walk away from her TV success in part because she didn’t want to influence young girls who looked up to her. She also wanted to focus solely on her child since it was already going to be a struggle as a teen mom. “I put myself in an adult situation, so I needed to handle it like an adult. My age was never an excuse for me — because, you know what, my daughter didn’t ask for that,” Spears told People. “I didn’t feel sorry for myself, I didn’t have any pity for myself; I made a decision, and it was time for me to hold up my end of the bargain.”
9 Britney Looks Forward To More Children
You might think that Britney is finished having children but she is still leaving that door open and who knows we might see her with another little one in the future. She loves her boys but she is open to the idea that there could be more children in her future possibly with her personal trainer boyfriend. Britney told In Style Magazine, “I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl. I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it’s going to be crazy. I’m not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I’m going to feel like I have a second person, like, that’s me.”
8 Jamie-Lynn Picked The Right Man For The Job
Jamie-Lynn is no longer with Maddie’s biological father and is married to the father of her second child. It’s always important to choose the right partner to bring into your child’s life and in the case of Maddie, Jamie Watson would not even propose to Jamie-Lynn until he had established a bond with Maddie. He wanted to love her as much as he did her mother so that she would never feel like she was left out. During an interview with Heavy magazine, he admitted that he really wanted to be a part of their lives and that’s when he knew it was time to propose.
7 Britney Tries To Keep Her Kid’s Lives Private
It’s important to Britney that her children’s lives are kept as private as possible. That’s something that a lot of celebrity parents can agree on. It can be hard to make that happen when you are surrounded by cameras every time you step outside. She will post on social media but she doesn’t talk too much about her children. She has said (via Brainy Quote) that she craves privacy and the limelight isn’t something she always wants. I'm actually a very private person. Sometimes I'm in denial that I'm really famous.” She prefers to be at home more than anything. “I’m such a cozy person, I love being in my house, but I feel like I’m going to go a little crazy if I stay in my house too much if I just hang out and do nothing,” she told People.
6 Jamie-Lynn Lets Her Daughter Be A Normal Kid
It can be hard being a celebrity and then trying to give your child some sense of a normal life, but Jamie-Lynn does her best to do just that. For the first three years of Maddie’s life, Jamie-Lynn kept her home as much as possible. She was determined to raise her daughter right and for her, that meant out of the spotlight.
According to CBS News, she wanted to give her daughter the best life and that meant not working in Hollywood and subjecting her child to that lifestyle. “She was born into watching her aunt perform and she was born knowing her mom was on TV sometimes. So I think for her, that is her normal: ‘It’s not bizarre — this is what my family does for a job, this is how my mom provides for me. I think that’s how it registers it to her,” Spears told PEOPLE.
5 Britney Prays Her Children Survive Their Struggles
Britney wrote a great letter to her boys for Mother’s Day that was published in TIMES “Letters From Mom” series that showed the bond that she has with them and the hopes that she has for their future. “You are my masterpieces. From the day I saw the most precious eyes, I believed in miracles to the core. Such a gift God has given me, exploring in your beautiful worlds every day. I pray as a mother I teach you strength and passion to carry through the struggles in the world. Most battles will always be won on your knees. I pray you find your dreams.”
4 Jamie-Lynn Involves Her Kids In Sports
We already know that Maddie is a sporty girl because of the ATV incident but Jamie-Lynn encourages her oldest daughter to be involved with sports. Maddie has been involved in a softball team for many years and she loves it. Parents have been cheering on their kids from stadiums for decades. Jamie-Lynn was even named the ultimate softball mom by ESPN. She makes sure to never miss a game and takes her daughter to every practice, posting them on her social media. She supports Maddie even when her team loses a game. What more could you want from a supportive mother.
3 Britney Likes To Stay Close To Home
Britney used to have a job that had her traveling all over the world, which is never ideal when you have children. One of the reasons why she decided to bring her performance to Las Vegas was because she could work close to home and be there for her children. There is a rather large distance from Las Vegas to Los Angeles but all she has to do is hop on a plane. She can spend the day with her kids, help them with some homework, have some dinner, and then be back on a plane for her performance in Las Vegas. There are also times when she will take them with her when she performs. She does what she can to juggle her time so that she is there when they need her.
2 Jamie-Lynn Raises Her Daughter To Be Honest
Jamie-Lynn admits that her daughter is just like her! As parents, we all like to impart certain things to our children and for Jamie-Lynn honesty was a big thing. “She does take after me. She’s very particular about certain things like I am, like in little OCD ways,” Spears previously told PEOPLE of Maddie. “She’s got such a sweet little heart. I feel like I’ve raised her with a lot of honesty, but I’ve also raised her with a lot of love. She’s a very happy, content little girl, and there’s nothing more a parent could ask for. That’s my most proud accomplishment out of anything and always will be.”
1 Britney’s Kids Help Her To Accept Herself
Britney may not have had her children as young as Jamie-Lynn but she was still in her early twenties when she did. She’s had to overcome a lot since she first had them and it’s made her a strong person, much like her sister. She maintains being a good mother through it all even though it’s not easy at times. But growing as a mother has allowed her to accept who she is. Britney told Marie Claire UK, “Becoming a mother and being with my boys [Jayden, 9, Sean Preston, 10] has made me so much more accepting of myself. I’m their mom, whatever. That has been a really big thing for me over these last few years.”