Fans will recognize Gwyneth Paltrow from her roles in iconic movies like Emma (1996), Shakespeare In Love (1998), and Contagion (2013). But aside from her acting credits, the celebrity has become known for her health-conscious advice that she shares on her wellness and lifestyle blog Goop. The mom-of-two has shared her controversial opinions on everything from maintain a healthy diet to child-rearing.
Gwyneth shares two children with her ex-husband, Coldplay’s Chris Martin. The couple met in 2002 after she attended his concert and were married a year later. They welcomed their daughter Apple in 2004, while their son Moses was born two years later in 2006. The long-time couple eventually split in 2014, though their divorce wasn’t finalized until 2016. Gwyneth has since remarried. She met actor Brad Falchuk during her stint on Glee in 2015 and began dating shortly after. They tied the knot in 2018 and were joined by their children as well as Gwyneth’s ex-husband during their honeymoon.
Since her divorce, Gwyneth has opened up about how she and her ex-husband are managing to co-parent their teenage children. Keep reading to see ten of the top parenting tricks that Gwyneth swears by, even though some of them have raised eyebrows amongst fans.
10 She Bathes With Her Children
Many parents allow their children to bathe together when they’re very young. Sometime even mom or dad may join in. But Gwyneth raised some eyebrows in 2011 when she admitted that she and her children still bathe together. At the time, her daughter Apple was 7-years old, while her son, Moses, was 5-years old. "We all get in the tub together," the actress explained, Parenting reports.
Some fans couldn’t help voicing their concerns online that her kids may have been too old to be sharing a tub together. Now that Gwyn’s two kids are well into their teens, we’re guessing this is one tradition they’ve long grown out of.
9 She Never Says No To Her Kids
Given that her children have grown up in the spotlight, many fans assumed Gwyneth and her ex-husband go the extra mile to ensure they’re not becoming spoiled. However, it sounds like the actress is pretty relaxed in her parenting approach.
So much so, she once admitted that she doesn’t believe in saying ‘no’ to her kiddos. "My food philosophy is 'Nothing should be ruled out,’” the mom-of-two has said, Jezebel reports. “I don't believe in saying, 'You're not allowed that.' If my kids want a Shirley Temple with the radioactive cherry in it, go for it, you know?"
8 She Lets Her Children Skip School
Most parents are strict when it comes to their children’s schooling- they expect them to attend all their classes and keep up with their homework. But it sounds like the Paltrow-Martin household takes a more lenient approach.
Back in 2011, Gwyneth actually admitted she often lets her children skip school, especially when she hasn’t spent a lot of quality time with them. “I’ll probably get [removed from] our school for admitting this, but I let Apple stay home yesterday," the mama explained, Daily Mail reports. "I just needed to be with her. We went out to lunch, we went to the beauty salon, we were together.”
7 Her Kids Aren’t Allowed Gluten
Gwyneth is constantly making headlines for her controversial opinions on health and wellness, so it’s not surprising to hear that the celebrity is picky about what her kids put in their bodies. It turns out the mom-of-two has rather strict rules when it comes to her children’s diets. For instance, she has completely forbidden gluten in her home.
“Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across […] seems to concur that (gluten) is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it,” the celebrity told Parenting.
6 She Goes On Vacation With Her Ex-Husband
When Gwyneth and her ex-husband Chris Martin told the public they were ‘consciously uncoupling’ but that their split was amicable, it seems like they really meant it. The exes make co-parenting seem like a breeze, especially during the times they’ve been able to go on vacation together with their two children (more recently, Gwyneth’s new husband has even joined them!).
This past January, Chris even joined Gwyn and Brad Falchuk during their honeymoon. "We just took our honeymoon in the Maldives and we had a big family honeymoon over Christmas," the actress explained of the blended trip, USA Today reports.
5 She Works Out When The Kids Are At School
Between her bustling career and responsibilities as a mother-of-two, no one would blame Gwyneth if she had difficulty finding time to work out. But the health-conscious star has shared that she manages to fit in a bit of physical fitness when her children are at school.
“I drop the kids at school, work out, go to work,” she said in 2017, People reports. However, Gwyneth added that she doesn’t push herself too work-out if she’s not feeling it. “I like feeling good, and I know I feel my best when I exercise,” she explained. “But it depends on the day — I definitely don’t always feel like doing it.”
4 She Lets Her Ex-Husband Sleepover
In 2016, Gwyneth surprised some fans when she admitted that she and her ex-husband often have sleepovers at each other’s houses, depending on who’s turn it is to have the kids. “We're not living together, but he's more than welcome to be with us whenever he wants,” the actress explained to E! News.
“And vice versa: I sleep in his house in Malibu a lot with the kids.” Gwyneth went on to say she considers Chris to be her “brother,” which definitely raised some eyebrows amongst fans. “We're constantly putting aside our own stuff and trying to reimagine something that we don't personally have an example for,” Gwyn continued.
3 She Makes Her Kids Do Extracurriculars
Even though she might be relaxed when it comes to her kids’ schoolwork, there are certain things that Gwyneth enforces. Back in 2011, the celebrity mom opened up about how she pushes her children to do extracurricular activities, even when they don’t want to.
“I'm in a battle right now because Apple doesn't like to go to gymnastics,” Gwyneth explained, Daily Mail reports. “When she's crying about it, I just want to scoop her up and say, 'Forget it. Let's go get an ice cream.'” The mom-of-two added, “But you can't do that, of course.” Why can you let your kids skip school but not their gymnastics lessons?
2 The Nanny Teaches Her Kids New Languages
It sounds like Gwyneth had pretty strict criteria when she was hiring a nanny for her children when they were younger. Specifically, the celebrity mom wanted the nanny to be bilingual so she could teach the children a new language.
The Telegraph reported that the nanny had to be bilingual, have a classical education, play at least two instruments, and be proficient in tennis and sailing.
1 She’s Not Afraid To Apologize To Her Kids
Gwyneth has said many times that having good communication with your children is essential. Not only dos the celebrity enjoys having heart to hearts with her son and daughter, she adds that she’s never afraid to apologize to them if she feels she’s done something wrong.
“Sometimes I don't have the maturity in the moment and when it fails me, I apologize at bedtime when my children and I are having a talk,” the actress explained, The Guardian reports. “I have felt my daughter's whole body sigh in relief when I have simply and very specifically voiced regretting my own behavior.”