When it comes to a celebrity mom who is also a total girl boss, Jessica Alba is someone who immediately comes to mind. She not only is a successful and well-known actress who has starred on TV shows such as Dark Angel and the movies Honey and Into The Blue, but she owns her own company. In 2011, Jessica Alba founded The Honest Company, which sells environmentally friendly beauty and baby products.
Jessica is also an amazing mom to three kids: 10-year-old daughter Honor, seven-year-old daughter Haven, and one-year-old son Hayes. She and her husband, Cash Warren, have been married since 2008. It's always great to see photos of the sweet family of four.
If it's interesting to see how stars bring up their families, it's even more fascinating to learn about how someone like Jessica Alba does it. After all, she not only acts and runs her own company but she has three children. It's time to take a look at what wisdom moms can gain from the busy and inspiring mom. What does her evening routine look like? Does she have any tips or tricks?
Read on to find out 25 ways that Jessica Alba raises her kids.
25 She Always Plans Ahead
Moms are the best planners ever because when you have a baby, you know that if it takes you 20 minutes to leave the house and you forgot your phone, well, you're not going to run back in and grab it.
Jessica Alba has definitely figured out how to plan ahead, and she sounds super organized. Working Mother says, "She's learned the importance of having backup everything, especially diapers, wipes, clothes and bottles." The publication quoted her as saying, "I always have a baby emergency kit, pre-packed, ready to go, in the car at all times."
It seems even more important to plan ahead when you have three kids.
24 She's A Working Mom (And Doesn't Feel Bad About It)
It's 2019, and we know that women want to have jobs and also work... and yet it can be a struggle to let go of feeling bad about returning to an office environment after having a baby.
Jessica Alba has an awesome attitude: she's a working mom and she doesn't feel bad about it at all.
As the actress and businesswoman told Parents magazine, "Don't be hard on yourself. Doing your best to be present wherever you are is what's important. Make time to eat healthy and stay active. It's worth it to recharge once a week: Get sleep, have a date night or a girls' night in, and drink some wine!"
23 She Has Family Evening Routines That She Doesn't Miss
Since we know that Jessica Alba is a working mom, how does that affect her family's evening routine? Moms know that this time of day is so important and that there is nothing better than a nice family dinner or some storytime before bed.
Jessica doesn't miss her evening routine with her children and it sounds like she has a really sweet routine every night. Entertainment Tonight Online quoted Jessica as saying, "I always try to get home from work for bath time and to cuddle the kids before bed. After that, Cash and I have dinner together and talk about our days. I need ‘us’ time all the time."
22 She Used To Co-Sleep
Some moms love cosleeping and think that it's the best approach, and others prefer sleeping in separate bedrooms. For Jessica Alba, she coslept with one of her daughters, but her family didn't keep that up forever.
C. Sheet quoted Jessica: “When we first put her in her room in a crib — she slept in a co-sleeperwith us for the first six months. It was brutal. You don’t want your baby to cry; you want to make it stop. [My husband] Cash and I would sit there; I’d cry and hold her hand. Now she sleeps 14 hours sometimes.”
21 She Admits That Bedtime With Three Kids Is Hard
Sometimes, we just want to hear that other moms are going through the same things as us... even if that other mom is a famous actress who runs a massive company.
According to Motherly, Jessica Alba has said that bedtime can be tough with three kids. Isn't it so nice to hear someone say this?! Every mom knows that when your children are exhausted and ready for bed, they can get pretty upset and tell you that they don't want to go to sleep at all. They can be cranky or ask for glasses of water or more stories. It's comforting to know that even a star like Jessica finds this time of night hard sometimes.
20 She Has Taught Them Some Spanish
Jessica Alba told Parents magazine that she has taught her kids some Spanish: "They know how to ask for besos and leche! They are going to be global citizens and will need to understand many languages, including Spanish, to make a difference in the world."
That last part is important: it seems like Jessica really wants her children to grow up and be inspiring people. We don't doubt it for a second as it seems that she's already showing them where you can go in life. It's pretty cool to see your mom running her own business and displaying an awesome work ethic. Maybe they'll even join her company, too?
19 She Keeps Her Sense Of Humor
Parenting is not always super serious business. Our kids not only say funny things to us all the time, whether they're commenting on the snacks we packed in their school lunch or what our hair looks like.
Jessica Alba approaches parenting with a sense of humor, which we really love.
She told People about a hilarious thing that she does: “I have this [bad] habit: Whenever my kids ask me to find something, they’re like, ‘Mom, where’s my …’ you know, backpack, toothbrush, whatever. And I just say, ‘Up your butt,’ and that’s probably bad parenting.” (Maybe we should use that line, too?!)
18 She Felt Other Moms Weren't Super Nice To Her About Her Product Line
Jessica Alba has products at the Honest Company for moms who breastfeed and moms who don't. According to Marie Claire, she said, "I know as a mom and as a new parent I felt confused and I felt judged. I found some girlfriends that I can lean on, and a lot of my friends did both. I just wanted to create a line that's for everyone."
We can imagine that it can be tough to create products that work for everyone or that everyone thinks are a good idea. It sounds like the actress has done her best since she has formula as part of her product line.
17 She And Her Children Work Out Together Sometimes
According to Popsugar, sometimes Jessica Alba and her kids work out together, which sounds fun and is also a really smart idea.
How many moms can find time to exercise every day? Even finding time a few times a week can feel impossible since there are so many things that we have to do. This is a great way to ensure that we get a workout in while also taking care of our little ones and spending time with them. We bet that her girls had so much fun.
16 She Feels You Have Different Priorities At Different Times, Not Balance
How many times have we heard that moms have to have work/life balance? All the time, right? And how often do we actually think that this is something that we can achieve?
We can probably all agree that when we're in the middle of a busy week or month, we don't feel balanced. It turns out that Jessica Alba talks about "priorities" rather than work/life balance, and this is a really awesome approach.
C. Sheet quoted her as saying, “To me, it’s more about prioritizing what’s important in the moment than having a perfect balance of anything. Naturally, you’re going to have to compromise on one thing to achieve another, and it’s important to be comfortable with that. To me, it’s not about being perfect, but it’s about doing your best.”
15 She's Careful About The Movies Her Kids See
When you're an actress, are you cool with your children seeing every movie that you've starred in? It's not exactly a question that regular moms have to ask themselves, but it's definitely something that Jessica Alba has had to deal with.
She told Fatherly that there are some films that she has been in that she doesn't want her kids to see. She said, "You know, I tell them, if they are curious about certain things, that this movie isn’t appropriate for you and you’re not allowed to watch that until you’re an adult."
14 She And Her Husband Tear Up When They See The Back To School Photos Each Year
It's a big deal when kids go back to school each September (or August in some parts of the U.S.)... for both children and parents. Even if the kids are totally cool and enjoy seeing their friends and meeting their new teacher, moms can admit to being a nervous wreck.
According to the Huffington Post, Jessica Alba and her husband do the same thing when their kids go back to school: they tear up when they see the photos that they have taken. If we didn't already love this cute couple, now we love them even more after hearing this.
13 She's Raising Environmentally Aware Kids
Since The Honest Company sells eco-friendly products, we can imagine that this is something that Jessica Alba cares about a lot. How does she teach her daughters about being kind to the environment?
She told Better Homes and Garden that she has an approach that works for the family: "I try to teach my girls by doing. We fill water bottles instead of buying new ones, recycle, and talk about what products are safe and unsafe for them and the earth." This sounds like a great way to teach kids about the environment since it would be easy for them to understand.
12 She Is Raising Her Girls To Celebrate Differences
Arianna Huffington interviewed Jessica Alba for The Thrive Global Podcast and Jessica talked about how she teaches her daughters to celebrate differences.
She said, "But I try to talk to them about how beauty's different depending on where you are, and different cultures think certain things are beautiful that other cultures don't, so I try to open their minds about that a little bit. But just that trying to attach that very basic idea that when you're mean, and when you are trying to be hurtful, that is ugly. And when you are kind, that is pretty.” Those are definitely wise words.
11 She Sings At Bedtime
Every family has their own evening routine. Maybe everyone watches a favorite TV show before going to bed, or each parent takes turns cuddling with their little ones, or everyone reads a story together.
In an interview with The Star, Jessica talked about something that she does at night: she sings to her children. She said, "Singing to my kids before they fall asleep is one of my favourites. I started when they were born and I still do to this day."
This is one of the sweetest evening routines ever, and we bet that her kids really enjoy it, too.
10 Her Daughters Lend A Hand With Her Baby Boy
According to Today.com, Jessica Alba says that her daughters are a great age and can help out with her baby boy.
This is definitely a sweet spot: when you have children who are young but old enough to lend a hand when you have a baby or a toddler running around. While it can be busy and tiring to have children of different ages, it's a beautiful thing when you notice them interacting with each other and playing nicely together. We can't wait to see photos of Jessica's family as the kids grow up and become even closer to each other.
9 She Teaches Her Kids Not To Say The "H" Word That Means "Strongly Dislike"
One struggle that moms deal with is when kids start saying words that aren't the most polite (like swear words) or are overly negative. For Jessica Alba, her daughter Haven has started saying "h---" (as in strongly dislike), and she has figured out a good way to deal with it.
She told Parents magazine, “I don’t like the word... Haven’s said it a few times, and I’ll say, ‘How about “I don’t like that right now”?’ Honor’s in fifth grade, when kids test out what’s cool. She’ll say this or that ‘sucks.’ I’ll let it slide once in a while because I don’t want her to feel like she can’t talk to me. But I don’t need to hear that word more than twice in one day. If my kids overuse any word, I’ll tell them, ‘Find another word. That one is getting on my nerves.’ ”
8 She's Strict (In A Good Way)
When we think about all the ways that we can parent, one question always comes up: are we strict or more casual? While one mom will be cool with her kids eating potato chips a few times a week, for example, another will say that junk food should only be eaten once in a while.
Jessica Alba is more of a strict parent but in a good way.
Ok magazine quoted Jessica: “I think boundaries are good for kids — and structure. I find that my kids thrive when they know where the boundaries are and the comfort zone [is], where they can be creative and play."
7 She Believes In Working Hard And Setting An Example
When we think about Jessica Alba as a mother, we can definitely say that she's showing her kids to work hard. She sets an example for them every time that she goes to the office.
According to Romper, Jessica said about her children, "I want them to know that you can’t give up when it gets hard; when it gets hard is when you learn the most. You can’t teach kids that by just talking the talk — you have to walk the walk and reinforce it with talk." That last part is so true, right? Kids need to see that you mean what you say, and if you talk to them about hard work and then they see you working hard, then they really get it.
6 She Worked As A Kid But Doesn't Want Her Little Ones To
Jessica Alba started acting at a really young age: she was in commercials as a kid, had a three-episode guest spot on the TV show The Secret Life Of Alex Mack, and was on another show called Flipper.
C. Sheet says that even though Jessica worked as a kid, she doesn't want her little ones to. It's interesting to hear this since people always ask actresses if they want their kids to be a part of Hollywood, too. It seems like many moms say that once their kids are 18, they can make that call, but before then, they would rather their kids have a regular childhood.
5 Her Kids Enjoy Coming To Her Office
"Take your kid to work day" can be really fun for parents and children alike. Little ones enjoy seeing where their parents spend their weekdays and we enjoy sharing that part of our life with them.
We can imagine that Jessica Alba's kids like going to her office (especially since it's an absolutely gorgeous place).
Mother and Baby quoted her talking about how they like coming to the office: ‘The kids can come in and have lunch with us or they can come in for even 20 minutes we can play with them. Whenever they think of 'Mom’s office,' it’s a fun place for them to go and they’re excited about where I work."
4 She And Her Girls Have Fun Baking And Cooking Together
Getting into the kitchen with kids can be the best way to spend an afternoon. Children love learning how to bake and cook, and it's very satisfying for them to work hard on something and then see the finished cookies or salad.
Jessica and her girls have a great time baking and cooking together. She told People, "It’s always fun to bake as a family. We made these Foodstirs Organic Chewy Oat Bars together this weekend; the girls love them and they could not have been easier. I packed those for the girls this morning along with some of their other favorite snacks."
3 She Asks Her Children For Advice When Creating Products
As Mom.me says, Jessica Alba will ask her little ones for advice when she's coming up with some product ideas. She said, "For the bubble bath, they've said, 'We want it to be more sudsy' or 'We want this scent. We don't like this scent. We like this one.' Even the diaper patterns. I dig to get their perspective, but kids are so uninhibited in the way that they break down what they like and don't like."
Isn't that so adorable? It's awesome that she values her kids' opinions and it sounds like they have some really good ideas for bubble bath products.
2 She Is Showing Them How To Be Strong And Stand Up For Others
Jessica Alba told Parents magazine that she teaches her kids to stand up for others: "Be kind. Be fair. And stand up for anyone who is not being treated with fairness or kindness. It’s not complicated.”
These are beautiful values to instill in children, and we all would love for our little ones to grow up always remembering to be kind. It sounds like the actress is not only showing her kids how to work hard and run a company, but she's also showing them how to be really good human beings.
1 She Doesn't Want Her Kids To Give Up
Jessica told Parents magazine that she doesn't want her kids to give up. She shared a story about one of her daughters asking to leave a camp that she was a part of and how things worked out well. She said, "I try to teach that to my kids. Honor wanted to quit coding camp, but I wouldn’t let her, and after a week, she was so proud of herself. I was like, ‘See? Remember how you didn’t want to go, and now you’ve coded this cool pet?’"
We love this story so much. Hearing how Jessica Alba raises her three kids is definitely inspiring, and we can especially learn from how she teaches them to keep reaching for their dreams.