When it comes to training kids, there is only one method - trial by error. There is no one way to train children—each parent works to discover what is best for their child. Parents with more than one kid have to discover what works for EACH of them.
You will agree with me that although parenting is rewarding, it is very tasking. In the course of training kids, there are times when certain methods yield unpleasant, awkward results. At such times, both the parents and children might end up with bitter feelings.
Well, let's look at 10+ celebrities who insist on some strange parenting rules in raising their kids.
Blue Ivy Has A Security Detail That Goes To School With Her
Beyoncé insists that Blue Ivy's security detail go to school with her. Although other parents started complaining about this because, according to them, Blue's motorcade makes other kids late, her mother must have had her reasons.
With two celebrity parents, three bodyguards, and 2 cars may not be too much even for a Hollywood pre-school.
Alanis Morisette Chose To Breastfeed For Much Longer Than Normal
Alanis breastfed her baby Ever until he was about 4 years old. Explaining why, she told ABC News:
"I know some children who have weaned naturally at two years, some kids wean naturally a couple of years later. I mean, it's up to every child."
Although this led to a breastfeeding controversy, how to parent is solely each parent's decision.
Denzel Washington Strictly Instills Respect And Manners In His Children
In a world where respect for others, especially elders, is not given as much attention as it should, Denzel strove to instill this essential quality in his kids.
With his wife, Pauletta, he taught his children, right from when they could walk and talk, to always say "yes sir/yes ma'am." It is no wonder that he is a hero to his kids, one they respect.
Will Smith's "Circle Of Safety"
The Smiths have a unique parenting approach. He and his wife allow their kids to "live without consequences." This has something to do with their circle of safety, which allows their kids to share absolutely anything with them without fear of getting punished.
Will told E Online:
"We don't do punishment. The way we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible, and the concept of punishment, our experience has been - it has a little too much of a negative quality."
No Sweets For Julia Roberts' Kids
Julia Roberts told PEOPLE at Eat Pray Love's premiere in New York City:
"I'm a pretty strict mom when it comes to sweets. Even though I have a sweet tooth myself."
Although she sets this tall order for her kids, the Hollywood star and Oscar winner loves sweets. She tries as much as possible not to indulge and reserves them as treats for special occasions.
John Travolta Allegedly Took His Sick Son Off Prescribed Medications
John's son, Jett Travolta, died in 2009 at the age of 16. He had been suffering from seizures since he was 2. Although he had been on medications for so long, there was no marked difference in his condition. As such, his parents took him off the prescribed meds after they deemed them ineffective.
He died after hitting his head on a bathtub after suffering a seizure.
Mayim Bialik Forces Her Kids To Go Vegan
It seems very unlikely that kids will willingly forego meat and dairy products. But Mayim says her kids enjoy eating vegan and have hardly been sick since they started doing so.
Christina Aguilera Believes In Celebrating The Female Form Even Before Her Young Son
Christina says she's a very sexual person and does not want to lose that even after becoming a mom. Speaking about her son, Max, she told Us Weekly:
"I mean, he's two. We're art collectors. There are a lot of female nudes around the house. Max will be growing up in a house where it's just the norm... It's only weird when you shame it."
Madonna Cannot Tolerate Dirty Laundry
Speaking on the issue of dirty laundry with regards to her daughter, Madonna told USA Today that if her daughter leaves dirty clothes on the floor, "we take all of her clothes and put them in a bag, and she has to earn all of her clothes back by being tidy. She wears the same outfit every day to school until she learns her lesson."
Gwyneth Paltrow Forces Her Kids To Conform To Her Way Of Eating
After various conversations with doctors and nutritionists, Gwyneth agreed that all humans at best tolerate gluten while some are allergic to it. As such, she forces her kids to be gluten-free.
Drew Barrymore Won't Allow Her Kids To Act
Although Drew has been in front of cameras since she was 3 years old, she won't allow her kids to pursue acting until they are at least 18 years old.
Her ride to success was far from smooth. She experienced her parent's messy divorce and was in rehab for drugs by the time she was 12 years old. Looking at her own experience, she would rather be there for her kids, giving them some of what she missed out on. She has been divorced a couple of times as well and feels like she failed her kids somehow.
The child star is determined to give her kids the best and make sure they are grounded before they venture into acting, if at all they will.
Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds Don't Use Male Pronouns Around Their Kids
According to Blake, she and her husband have joked that their daughter is bossy but Ryan said:
"I don't want to use that word again. You've never heard a man called bossy."
The same applies to words like "empowerment".
Jennifer Garner Has A Yes-day Once A Year
Being a strict mom, she says she has that one day a year when she drops her guard and says 'yes' to all the silly things her kids ask of her.
Celine Dion Allows Her Kids Grow Their Hair
Rene-Charles, her first son, did not cut his hair for 8 whole years and she didn't question his decision. He only got a trim when his school required it of him.
Kylie Jenner Is A Germaphobe
Kylie would always wear surgical masks whenever she wanted to interact with Stormi as a newborn. She even enforced a strict guestlist for both family and friends who wanted to see her baby.
Can you remember any other celebrity with seemingly strange parenting rules? We, sometimes, might be tempted to question their decisions, but then, it's "every man for himself."