Kim Kardashian West and her big sister Kourtney have a lot in common. They are both mothers-of-three, both of them have become household names after their long stints on reality television and both of them simply adore their precious little ones. However, when it comes to how they are choosing to raise their treasured tots, the differences in their parenting styles definitely outweigh the similarities.
Kourtney’s advice on motherhood is simple. She has shared, “I think just trust your instincts. I think we all have a mother’s instinct when we have kids, so just trust it and stay calm. I remember when I was pregnant with Mason my mom would always be like, ‘Why isn’t the room painted? Where is the crib? Where is this or that…’ And I was like, ‘People used to have babies in caves; it’s going to be okay.’”
Speaking about being a mom, Kim wrote on her website, “There can be ups and downs with kid, but no matter what, I always learn so much from them. Being a mom is the most important job I have.”
It has been firmly established that both Kim and Kourt take their roles as mamas very seriously, but they don’t have much else in common when it comes to parenting. Read on for 20 things Kim Kardashian’s kids do that Kourtney would never allow.
20 North Attends School
Kourtney and her ex, Scott Disick, have chosen to home school their children to allow them a more flexible schedule. In 2015, Kourt told Radar Online, “[Mason’s] being homeschooled right now instead of being enrolled in kindergarten. It has to be this way. He is shooting Season 11 of the show.”
When North was old enough to attend school, Kim enrolled her in a swanky preschool fit for a star. In 2017, Radar Online dished that Kim and Kanye had forked over just under $30,000 to pay for their daughter to attend an exclusive, upscale Los Angeles preschool.
A source close to the famous parents told the site, “North got accepted immediately.” The school has described its environment as a “beautiful 66-acre mountain-top campus.”
19 Selfie Time Anytime
When it comes to screen time, Kourtney is one tough mother. She limits the time her children can spend on electronic devices, and has a no tolerance policy when it comes mealtimes and bedtime. She has shared, “We want to be able to communicate and have conversations with the kids while eating together...so we try not to have TV or iPads out during breakfast, lunch or dinner.”
Speaking about her no electronics at bedtime rule, Kourtney has said, “We never have iPads during this time, which the kids don’t even miss, since they love our reading routine. Every family is different, but these rules work for us!”
Kim also has rules that limit the amount of time her kids spend with electronics, but the selfie queen’s children are often seen out and about toting phones or iPads, something that Kourtney would never allow.
18 They Nosh On Sweets And Treats
When it comes to treats, Kourtney usually only allows her kids to eat sugary snacks like cakes and candies at special events like birthday parties or on holidays. The rest of the time, she’s a pretty tough cookie.
Speaking about why she wants her kids to eat healthy, Kourtney has shared, “I kept battling with myself back and forth. I do believe that we have one life to live and I would like to live it feeling my best.”
Kim doesn’t seem to be quite a strict when it comes to sweets. In fact, North and Saint are often photographed enjoying lollipops and other tasty treats while out and about.
17 Gluten? No Problem!
Kourtney has been open about the fact that, most of the time, her kids stick to a diet that is both gluten and dairy free. Speaking about the diet rules her kids follow, Kourtney wrote on her website, “I have noticed a great positive change in behavior with my children when we stick to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet.”
Kim encourages her little ones to eat healthy foods, but gluten definitely isn’t off limits and dairy is fine as well. It seems that Kim's definition of what qualifies as healthy is slightly less rigid than Kourtney's.
She has shared on her blog that she does not allow her children to snack on Goldfish crackers, opting instead for Cheddar Bunnies which are made from more natural ingredients (gluten is one of them).
16 They Sleep In Their Own Beds
Kourtney is a huge fan of co-sleeping, while Kim is all about having her kids sleep in their own beds. In short, when it comes to their offspring, Kim and Kourtney have taken two very different approaches to sleep.
Speaking about why her kids sleep with her, Kourtney has shared, “Getting the kids to sleep through the night in my home was different for each individual child. When I had Mason, co-sleeping just kind of happened naturally. It’s what worked for all of us to get the most sleep, so I quickly embraced it.”
She has also shared, “With co-sleeping, I didn’t have to get up out of bed to get the kids back to sleep whenever they woke during the night. It was easier when one of the kids woke up since I was right there. Co-sleeping just ended up feeling like we all got more sleep.”
15 They Sport Expensive Designer Digs
More often than not, when Kim’s kids appear in public, they are dressed to the nines. Their clothes are often made by the biggest designers and no expense is spared to make them look fabulous. Kourtney takes the opposite approach when it comes to dressing her children, and often has her younger children wear hand-me-downs.
Speaking about why she has her kids share clothes, Kourtney has said, “With the clothes aspect...I’ve kept a lot of Mason’s clothes. I’ll even use them on Penelope as well, like little blazers, loafers and some of his pants, even like a full suit and do a menswear like Saint Laurent look."
She continued, "I mean it’s totally different obviously dressing them both, but I love when she wears his pajamas. It’s just those pieces that are so special that it’s nice to be able to share.”
14 North Wears Bikinis
North has been seen out and about on multiple occasions wearing bikinis, and she always looks adorable while enjoying fun in the surf and sun. She and her cousin Penelope have had more than one unforgettable beach day together, but the latter isn’t always allowed to wear barely there swimwear.
Kourtney’s baby daddy Scott doesn’t like it when Penelope wears two-pieces. While she may not agree with him, she tries to respect his wishes and dress her daughter in one piece swimwear.
The eldest Kardashian has admitted, “Yeah, [Scott] doesn’t really have an opinion on the girls’ stuff, except he’s not into bikinis for little girls. But I am!”
13 They Are Always Dressed To The Nines
Kourtney is all about allowing her children the freedom to express themselves with the clothes they wear. Kim isn’t quite so open-minded, and closely manages what her children are sporting when they are in the public eye.
Speaking about the clothes her eldest son Mason wears, Kourtney has shared, “My son definitely has an opinion on what to wear. He gets himself dressed every day and likes to come out and show us his outfit, and we’re not allowed to have a say in any of it.”
Speaking about North’s style, Kim has said, “Every morning and every night is her time to shine. She can wear costumes, which she really loves. She wears wild pajamas. And then when we go out, she really just wears whatever I want. She makes it really easy. But we have that compromise.”
12 They Don't Eat Baby Food Made From Scratch
As previously mentioned, Kim likes her kids to eat healthy foods, but isn’t anywhere near as passionate about nutritious fare as her older sis. Kourtney has admitted to going so far as making her own baby food to ensure her kids are getting the best of the best, something Kim never attempted.
Kourtney has said, “I make my own baby food. My mom bought me this amazing baby food maker, the Beaba. I steam and puree fruits and vegetables, and they last for like four days. Mason pretty much loves everything...I have this great book called Super Baby Food that’s full of ideas. I should be on this Mason diet!”
Speaking about the gift, momager Kris has dished, “Who knew she would be that excited about a baby food maker? I bought her a million handbags, and I never got that reaction.”
11 They Allow Kim To Get Her Beauty Sleep
Kim may love to snuggle up to her babies, but she also loves her beauty sleep. A former nanny to the star's babies revealed that she was told she shouldn't wake Kim when she was sleeping.
Once again, Kourtney is quite the opposite. When she's around, she wants to be the one with her children even if a nanny is present. Kim may love shut-eye, but she's made it a priority to be with her children as much as possible since she was robbed in Paris in 2016.
Speaking about Kim, a source close to the KUWTK star told People magazine, "She very much likes spending every day with her kids. Many times in the past, it was very hard for her to be away from her kids for work. Now she gets to wake up with her kids and go to sleep with her kids."
10 They Spend A Lot Of Time With Their Nannies
Kim is a busy woman, and jet-setting around the world and attending red carpet events isn't always something that works with kids in tow. As a result, Kim and Kanye have entrusted experienced nannies to care for their kiddos when they can't be there. When Kim is in town, she often brings her nannies along on outings with her children in order to have extra help.
Kourtney also leaves her children for important engagements and work events, but has been outspoken about the fact that she wants to be with her kids as often as possible.
She has shared, “I do have help when I’m working. It’s important to have one person I trust, so I know Mason is taken care of. But every time I am not working, he is with me. Even on an airplane, he is with me even if the nanny is also on the plane. Any time I can have with him, I am lucky to have.”
9 Their Parents Aren't Too Worried About Stranger Danger
Since splitting from the father of her children, Kourt has been incredibly strict about who is allowed to meet them. She is adamant that Scott not introduce the women he is dating to the kids until he is sure things are serious.
A source close to the family told US Weekly, “[Kourtney] thinks Sofia is too young to be a good role model. She insists Scott has to be in a serious relationship for at least six months before introducing a girlfriend to the children.”
Kim’s kids are introduced to everyone and anyone in her life. North has been photographed at fashion shows rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Anna Wintour, not to mention hoards of reporters and paparazzi. It seems her mom and pop aren’t too concerned with limiting the people she interacts with.
8 They Stick To A Strict Schedule
Kourtney is a go-with-the-flow type of mom. She isn’t too concerned with sticking to a schedule, and doesn’t sweat it if her kids miss naptime or go to bed a little later than they should.
She has shared, “I was struggling with that for awhile, wondering what is the best thing. I think you do whatever fits your lifestyle. Some people have things planned from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which works for them, but honestly, the best thing for Mason is just to be with me. When we are out, we just have so much fun. If we are cruising around, and he is napping in the car, it’s not the worst thing in the world.”
When it comes to schedules, Kim is all about them. She doesn’t budge on nap times or bedtimes and rarely allows her kids to depart from their strict schedule. However, Mrs. West does bend from time to time. She revealed to Mail Online, “Maybe on weekends North will come and sleep in the bed with us.”
7 They Have To Work For What They Want
Some may think that children born into the Kardashian clan are set for life and will never have to lift a finger to get what they want. Kourtney is all about allowing her children the freedom to enjoy childhood. They are often photographed doing fun activities and being silly together.
Kim has decided to structure her children's lives. Before Kanye put the kibosh on it, she was considering a reality show that featured her children, and North and Saint often work long hours doing photoshoots and modeling gigs.
Responding to questions about whether or not North will ever have to work, Kim told the Evening Standard, “Are you kidding me? Of course she is. She will have to work for what she wants.”
6 Some Rooms In Their House Are Off Limits
Kim and Kanye have decorated their pad with a minimalist modern look that includes plenty of white and light-colored furniture. Obviously, sophisticated decor doesn’t mesh well with rambunctious little ones ready to have fun making a mess.
The solution? Kim has created a designated play area where her kids can go wild. As for the rest of the house, at least during playtime, it’s off limits. Speaking about her playroom, Kim has shared, “That’s where all the markers, paints and colors are. By the time they’re done there, they have no desire to take a pen to our white furniture.”
Kourtney is a lot more lax when it comes to where she lets her kids play. Proof? She caused quite the controversy when she posted a pic on Instagram of her two youngest, Penelope and Reign, living it up on the hood of her $122,000 Mercedes G-Wagon.
5 They Are Top Models
In May of 2017, Kim and Kanye launched a children’s fashion line called Kid Supply. Who better to model their darling designs than their own kids?
Not only do North, Saint and baby Chicago rock clothing from the brand their parents created on a regular basis, they are models for the line. They also pose for selfies with their famous mama on a regular basis. These pics are then seen and liked by her millions of followers.
Kourtney prefers to keep her kids out of the public eye as much as possible. If she does share pics of her kids, they are usually seen doing normal day-to-day stuff, not striking killer poses.
4 Kim Bribes Her Kids With Candy
It isn’t surprising that sometimes Kim has trouble getting her children to cooperate with their busy schedules and long days spent smiling for the cameras. Kim has admitted to using candy to get her kids to keep it together during long fashion shoots.
North has been photographed clinging to candy on multiple occasions. We can’t blame Kim for doing whatever it takes to get her tiny tots through rough days. All parents have been there.
As previously mentioned, Kourtney is pretty darn strict when it comes to sweets. She may bribe her kids in other ways, but it’s likely she tries to steer clear of using sugary treats as a reward for good behavior.
3 North Has A Stylist And A Hair Stylist
Kim has admitted that she wants her kids looking fabulous every time they step out in front of the bright lights of the paparazzi cameras. It only makes sense that North would have a team to keep her looking top-notch.
An insider has dished that North has her own stylist and hair stylist to get her camera ready before she heads outside. She is one of the most photographed children in the world, after all.
Kourtney’s kids are undeniably adorable, but pics of her kids rocking messy hair and non-designer clothing abound. However Kourt feels about fashion, one thing is certain: she doesn’t seem to place as much importance on her public image and that of her children as Kim does.
2 They Hit Up Sophisticated Events
We’ve already mentioned that Kim’s kids aren’t always excluded from what are usually considered to be adult-only events. Kim caused quite a stir in 2014 when she brought North along with her to New York Fashion Week.
Pics were snapped of fashion icon and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour looking more than a little annoyed as baby North screamed and wriggled in her mom’s lap at an exclusive fashion show.
Kourtney has been known to make appearances at distinguished and classy events regularly, but she chooses to leave her children at home when she attends gatherings that aren’t really kid friendly.
1 What Kanye Says Goes
Kanye has a lot of say when it comes to how things work in the West household, and even manages how Kim dresses and behaves while in public. He forbade Kim from revealing the gender of their second baby until after he arrived, and, as already mentioned, refused to approve a reality show that featured his children.
Kourtney is a strong woman who speaks and acts for herself. She’s never been okay with a man having control over her life in any form. However, Kim seems to be okay with Kanye's controlling nature, and has even spoken out about how much she appreciates his advice.
Mrs. West admitted to CNN Style, “I really think that my relationship with my husband Kanye really changed everything. I mean, back in the day I thought I had the best style. I look back at outfits and I’m, like, mortified.”
Resources: RadarOnline.com, TheTalko.com, YouTube.com, People.com