We love Nicole! She is an incredible actress who has a wonderful family. She still has a big presence in Hollywood and doesn’t seem to be slowing down, especially since she sometimes joins her husband Keith Urban on tour as well.
We see someone different on the red carpet than the person who returns to her husband at the end of the day. She has a persona like most people in Hollywood but when she goes home, she is just a mom and a wife. She’s a regular person when she goes home, not Nicole Kidman. She’s also considered to be one of the most maternal women in the industry by her friends because of her warm nature with people.
When she’s not making movies, she is living the low-key life. She likes her family to be grounded, and that includes her children. She doesn’t like for them to be in the spotlight, and she tries to protect them as much as possible. There is plenty to find out about Nicole and the way she raises her children, and we know everyone is eager to find out. Check out these 20 ways Nicole Kidman parents her children.
20 No Family Photos On Social Media
When you think of Nicole Kidman, you don’t really think of the typical celebrity mom. She may be an A-lister, but unless she’s on the red carpet, we don’t really see much about her life behind the scenes. She’s not the kind of mom that likes to post things on social media about her family or kids. If you haven’t already noticed, Kidman has never posted a picture of her family online, ever. As we said, she’s not the same as the other celebrity moms. She keeps her work life separate from her family life.
19 She Gives Up Things She Wants
It can be hard to juggle such a massive work life and a family all at the same time. She said that it was all about balance. “The thing you really have to learn when you have children and a [profession] - and particularly when you're an older mother - is the preciousness of time; and therefore, trying to balance everything and be willing to say no to things,” She told The Daily Mail. “I want to be a good wife and a good mother, so that requires giving up things I want sometimes.”
18 She Has A Ritual Involving Kidz Bop
When it comes to raising children, Nicole knows what will make her children happy and in this case, it’s the band Kidz Bop. She’s taken her kids to a few concerts and they love it. “Have you heard of Kidz Bop?” she asks. “That’s where we were on Saturday night.” She’s the kind of woman that gives all to everyone around her and we have to wonder if she’s exhausted. Hugh Jackman described her as “An extraordinary actor who really stops a room when she comes in.” That’s a pretty impressive compliment to come from another actor but we couldn’t agree more.
17 She’s Not A Typical Celebrity Mom
Part of not being a celebrity mom means that she likes the privacy that comes with it. She is so protective of her family that she makes sure that she gives them what they need. She is comfortable being in the limelight but she’s not going to put her children there. Even though she has a professional life and so does her husband, they both make sure that their children are raised in a normal household. They want to give them a normal upbringing. It can’t be easy but they do what they can. They have the support they need to make it happen.
16 Holidays Are Always In Australia
It’s really important to Nicole Kidman that her family embraces their heritage. She is raising her family in Nashville because of both her and her husband’s obligations, but she would much rather raise them in Australia. When it comes to the holidays, Kidman tries to go back home for as many of them as possible. They also take their kids back when they are on school break. She is very patriotic when it comes to being an Aussie and she wants her children to grow up the same way. She would love to move them all back to Australia if she could.
15 Her Children See Affection
She has no problem with her children seeing the affection between her and Keith. In fact, she wants her children to see a happy marriage and what it means to be in one. She is very “passionate” about her family and the time that she spends with them. “My big passion is just my family; my love. My daughter said to me, ‘You and Daddy kiss all the time.' ... I thought, ‘That's such a fantastic thing for your daughter to say to you.’” We love it too, and it just goes to show how important it is for children to see their parents in love. “And that's my passion. I know it's a simple answer, but I'm deeply passionate about raising my children and being with my husband.”
14 Raised Her Kids Outside Of Hollywood
She’s not the only celebrity mom who has moved her family out of Hollywood in order to give them a normal life. It’s hard for kids to grow up in Hollywood. Of course, she will travel to Los Angeles when it comes to work, but her family has moved to Nashville and that’s been their home for many years. When they aren’t in Nashville, then she takes her family to Australia to visit the many aunts, cousins and grandparents. That’s where she can be herself and not to mention they think she’s a pretty big star over there as well.
13 She Travels With Her Kids
She is close to her children, and part of that means that she wants them around her at all times. Sometimes her job requires her to travel all over the world but she sure does love returning home. She told Harper Bazaar in 2013 that she prefers to have her daughters travel with her whenever possible. When she was filming the movie, Grace in Monaco, her girls were with her for several weeks at a time. She must love having them around her when she is working. Her children had the opportunity to learn some French while they were in Europe.
12 Wishing For More Children
She has stated multiple times how much she loves her children. She has said that she literally gets “nourishment and energy” from her husband. She added, “To have an 11-year anniversary and still be so much in love as a man and a woman, that is my solace. ... That's where I get so much of my comfort and my nourishment and energy from.” It’s a beautiful thing to say about your spouse. She has stated that she wished that she could have had more children with him. “I wish I could have met him much earlier and had way more children with him. But I didn’t. I mean, if I could have had two more children with him, that would have been just glorious. But as Keith says, ‘The wanting mind, Nicole. Shut it down.’”
11 She Raises Them In Faith
Her belief system is very important to her, and it was one of the reasons why her marriage to Tom Cruise ended. She couldn’t embrace his beliefs because she has been a member of the Catholic church since she was a child. She and her family practice the belief to this day. They attend church every Sunday regardless of where they are or what they are doing. "Our family depends upon an enormous amount of questions and love and support, and we’re trying to guide a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old girl right now into the world," she told an interviewer.
10 She’s Open About Her Adoptive Kids
She has two biological daughters with Keith Urban and two adoptive children that she had when she was married to Tom Cruise. She has always been open about her relationship with her children since her divorce to Cruise. Many people in the industry know her as a good mom who has a massive maternal streak. She told The Guardian in 2007 that she played an adoptive mother in the movie Lion because it was a love letter to her children and to the marriage that she had with Tom. She has been known to tear up when she talks about it.
9 They Help Her Through Grief
Nicole Kidman has said that her children have helped her through times when she was feeling immense grief. She lost her father, and she said her children got her through that tough time. “You’ve caught me at a time when I’m still recovering and in grief,” she said during a Vanity Fair interview, pausing for a moment. “There are times you go, ‘Gosh, I wish I could just go and hide in a hole and never come out,’” she said. “And then you go, ‘That was yesterday.’ I have a four-year-old and a six-year-old, and just hearing their laugh . . . it’s life in its most powerful form.”
8 She’s Very Maternal
She’s not just maternal with her children; it’s everyone in her life, and that’s why so many people in the industry see her in that light. She was once working with a young actress, Mia Wasikowska, on the film Stoker and she really wanted to help her out. To navigate her way through the industry. “I said, ‘You call me anytime. Anytime you need to ask something.’ That’s probably my maternal side, but it’s also a responsibility in the industry. It’s a tough world now. It always was, but it’s particularly tough now.”
7 She Believes In Tree House Parenting
Nicole Kidman has this really cool strategy for keeping her kids off electronic devices and it’s called the “tree house strategy.” It’s something that we could all try out. "My kids right now, they’re not on social media. There’s no need. My kids literally have a tree house and play in the backyard," she says. “I mean, building the tree house was a really important part of keeping them outside playing. I’m pushing them for that, to be outside playing, riding your bike, playing, doing cartwheels in the yard. They still do that stuff. That’s a really important part of their development. And we’re lucky we have a yard that you can play in, we’re not living in an apartment."
6 She Won’t Speak About Her Feelings Publicly
She loves her family so much that she will protect them at all costs. That means she doesn’t flaunt them publicly. She is fiercely protective over her family. She loves them strongly but that’s a side of herself that she won’t be showing to the public. She may be an A-lister walking the red carpet but her emotions are always in check. “I'm a woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister. I'm a real person operating in the world. For me to discuss the most private thing feels wrong. It feels like I'm betraying myself and my children.”
5 She Can’t Make Fast Trips
When you are young, it is so much easier to juggle a crazy lifestyle than it is when you are older. Kidman realizes that she can’t do everything at her age and she has to check her priorities often. She is a full-time mom and that means she can’t have jet lag all the time from jumping from one place to the other. "Everything is so much harder as you get older. It’s bleak. I had to go to Germany on the weekend and I used to be able to do that easily and I was just [tired] after flying there, I was only there for 48 hours. I used to be able to do that standing on my head but not anymore!”
4 She Struggles With Helicopter Parenting
Kidman states that she has issues with being a helicopter parent and she wouldn’t be the first mother to admit that. There is no such thing as a perfect mom and Kidman doesn’t pretend to be one. She is open about the challenges that she has faced as a parent. She told People Magazine that she’s a very protective mother. "I do have elements of the helicopter parent that I grapple with," she said. "When my daughters are playing on the monkey bars I try not to hover and say, 'be careful'. I want them to find their own way and not feel over-parented, but I still have that balance of knowing I am there when they need me."
3 She Taught Keith How To Raise Girls
For Keith Urban, he has a house full of girls and he loves every minute of it. They have been through some good times and bad. Urban once admitted that Nicole taught him everything there was to know about parenting and he couldn’t be more thankful. He thinks that Nicole is an extraordinary mother. “[She's] an incredible mom," Keith told Entertainment Tonight. "Loving, maternal, and [she's] teaching me a lot about how to raise children, especially girls. I have no reference for girls. I grew up in a house of boys, so it's quite the learning curve."
2 Her Friends Think She’s A Great Mom
Nicole Kidman has made a lot of friends over the years in the industry, and they always have nice things to say about her. She is a woman who likes to have girlfriends and a strong sisterhood bond. Her co-star Zoe Kravitz from the TV show Big Little Lies has watched Nicole with her daughters while on set. "Yeah, they're around a lot and I sometimes can't tell when they're actually in a scene or just hanging out. But they're so sweet and really really smart. You can tell they were raised by Nicole Kidman."
1 She Wants To Work Less
When you get to be on her level of fame, you get the option to work less and choose better parts. These days, she is finding that she wants to work less and spend more time with her family. She has accomplished a lot in the industry, and that part of her life is complete. "The thing you really have to learn when you have children and a [professional life] - and particularly when you're an older mother - is the preciousness of time, and therefore trying to balance everything and be willing to say no to things. I want to be a good wife and a good mother, so that requires giving up things I want sometimes."