What kind of advice did your parent give you as a kid? If there’s too many to recall, check out the words of wisdom five celebrity parents are giving their kids.
- Take responsibility, Jackie Chan
“Accept responsibility for your actions” – Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is a “Tiger Dad”. His authoritarian style of parenting has been hugely publicised, most recently in 2014, when son Jaycee was arrested for drug-use. The 64-year-old anti-drug ambassador issued a heartfelt apology on behalf of Jaycee as his father, and urged his son to face responsibility and take charge of his own life.
Indeed, then 32-year-old Jayee held a press conference after his six-month jail sentence, where he apologised for his actions. The son of the famous kung-fu icon also expressed his desire to continue working in show business, devoting his time and energy to a developing music and artiste management career.
- Have family dinners together, Michelle and Barack Obama
“No matter what else is happening, at 6:30 we stop everything and eat together” – Michelle and Barack Obama
The former US President and First Lady has a thing for family dinners. Barack and Michelle Obama believe that family dinners are crucial to connecting with their children, having conversations and spending quality time with each other. So important is the meal, that when the Obamas were at the White House, they made it a tradition to have family dinners. It was not just the kids who had to put away their smartphones – whenever the ex-President booked a flight home, he had to always reach home in time for dinner.
- Say “please” and “thank you”, Victoria and David Beckham
“Always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’” – Victoria and David Beckham
Victoria Beckham once said in an interview, that one of the most important things she made sure her kids learnt, was to say “please” and “thank you”. The Beckhams felt that being raised in the spotlight meant they had to be extra strict with instilling discipline with the kids – be it correcting their manners, or making sure they picked up their mess. But the superstar celebrity couple clarified that her four kids have no lack of fun too, such as singing and dancing and even kicking footballs around the house, which is an area she “can’t discipline them in”.
- Express yourself freely, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
“Tell us everything” – Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
The “Circle of Safety” is one of the couple’s most well-known parenting methods. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith explained that when their kids were young, they made a “safe space” where Willow and Jaden Smith could speak their mind on any issue under the sun. That meant the kids were not expected to be fearful of their parents, and could seek advice even on “bad deeds” they had done. The only punishment the kids would get is if “there was something you [their kids] didn’t say, there was hell to pay.”
- Make your own money, Gordan Ramsay
“My fortune won’t be going to my children in my will” – Gordan Ramsay
The fierce food critic has told his children that they need to be their own person, and earn their own keep. He famously told an airline steward to ensure his children was kept our of the first class cabin, saying that “They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not”. Ramsay admitted that he’s extremely strict on that, and as a result, his children have been making their own money, and also help out in charities. He famously remarked that starting from young is the best way to teach a child, “the earlier you give them that responsibility to save for their own trainers and jeans, the better”.
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