Thursday, January 31st, 2013
This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
In the land of fame and fortune, the limelight can be a bit too blaring for some high-profile families.
From Oscar winners Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas to Julia Roberts, CelebrityBabyScoop takes a look at five celebrities who opted for a peaceful and low-key locale outside of Tinseltown.
The Departed star Vera Farmiga and her musician husband Renn Hawkey are raising their two children – son Fynn, 4, and 2-year-old daughter Gytta – in Upstate New York, about two hours outside of New York City.
The family-of-four reside on a farm with four goats and no nanny. They rely on the help of family members when they require a babysitter.
“In another life, I was a shepherdess,” the mom-of-two said.
“I like being off the grid,” the Up in the Air actress added. “I want to be self-sufficient and live off the land. I’ve become a farmer in my spare time. It’s really sort of a great place where I can be centered and have a great perspective on what it is I want and need.”
Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder raise their three children – 8-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and Henry, 5 – on a ranch in Taos, New Mexico.
“It’s peaceful, and it’s a relief,” Julia said of raising her family away from the spotlight. “I always say you can’t be in a bad mood here. I don’t know if it’s New Mexico or just the mountains, but you can’t be silly in a negative way. You can be silly in a fun, whimsical way, but the petty, trite things that make you go, ‘Oh, God, it’s not the right size’ or ‘Why is this happening like this?’ —that kind of stuff doesn’t exist so much here. Everything is kind of clear.”
Michael J. Fox
Actor and Parkinson’s research advocate Michael J. Fox and his longtime love Tracy Pollan have raised their four kids – Sam, 23, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, nearly 18, and Esmé, 11 – outside of the limelight.
“We made a decision really early on, before the Parkinson’s diagnosis, that we’d move back East,” the Back to the Future star said.
“We’d just bought a house in Bel Air [Los Angeles], but we never moved into it,” Michael added. “We had an awakening one day that we don’t want to raise our kids in an environment that’s largely show business and built on whose father had a bigger opening weekend. It seemed fraught with peril. New York seemed like a better bet. There’s much more variety in the people that they meet and the relationships they have [in New York]. It’s much more real. They don’t live in a bubble. And I know where my kids are all the time.” He adds, “We have a responsibility to make sure that they’re good people, not destructive; that they’re contributors who don’t feel entitled. They’re good kids. I can’t imagine reading about them [in the tabloids].”
Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears was just 16 when she had one of the most high-profile teen pregnancies in Hollywood history. The lil’ sister of popstar Britney Spears escaped the public eye and moved home to Mississippi to raise her now 4-year-old daughter Maddie Briann.
“Was it hurtful for my parents to read stuff about their daughters? Yes. Obviously seeing [sister Britney Spears' negative tabloid coverage], I knew how far it could go,” Jamie Lynn, now 21, said.
“I’ve never wanted to be put under that kind of scrutiny,” the young mom added. “I just wanted to get away from it as much as I could, to just go away and be a mom and figure out what I wanted, and to earn a sense of respect back for myself. Move to a town in the middle of nowhere and just raise my child. All I could be was a good mother. If anybody had anything to say after that, there was nothing I could do.”
Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones
Academy Award-winners Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas recently relocated their family from Bermuda to New York City. The America’s Sweethearts actress revealed their reasons for the big move.
“It was to etiquette the kids and just to come back and enjoy this fantastic city we’re able to live in,” she said.
However, the loss of anonymity took some getting used to for their two children, son Dylan, 12, and daughter Carys, 9.
“Well, for them, they were naked opening the back door — so was I — and just running out naked into the garden and it’s really hard to do that in Central Park,” the mom-of-two said.
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Thursday, April 12th, 2012
This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
Who do you turn to for parenting advice? Your own mother, your friends or other family members?
Or maybe you look to celebrity parents for their thoughts on parenting? Angelina Jolie advises parents to let their children “express themselves,” Tom Cruise says he doesn’t like to say “no” to his little girl, while Gisele Bündchen feels all new moms should be legislated to breastfeed. Take a look through our list of 10 celebrities and their top parenting advice.
Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie and her longtime love Brad Pitt are parents to six kids: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. And although they have such a big brood, their 5-year-old sure knows how to make headlines with her tomboy image!
Angle has said that Shiloh is “fascinating,” and elaborated on the fact that her daughter dresses “like a little dude…I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not,” Angelina said. “I think that is just bad parenting… Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth.”
Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes and husband, Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise, have a 5-year-old fashionista on their hands! While everyone around her is bundled up in warm winter sweaters or coats, their daughter Suri is often seen with bare arms and legs.
Katie came clean about Suri’s lack of weather-appropriate attire, admitting it can be “embarrassing.”
“Recently, Suri and I were taking a walk and a fight got started because it was cold outside and she didn’t want to wear her coat,” Katie said. “My philosophy is, well, fine, because after a block of walking you’re going to ask me for your coat. So the pictures of her [without a coat in cold weather] are sort of embarrassing.”
Suri’s Top Gun papa has also weighed in on Suri’s much-talked-about fashion choices — such as her heels and lipstick. “Listen, I believe that she (should wear) whatever she wants to wear,” Tom said. “She dresses herself. I want to encourage her creativity and her own self-expression. I think that’s important for the child’s own identity.”
The doting daddy went on to say that Suri is “so sweet” that it’s hard to say “no” to her.
Model mom Gisele Bündchen has been known to speak her mind! Seven months after welcoming her son Benjamin with husband Tom Brady, the Brazilian beauty declared that breastfeeding should be made mandatory by law. “Some people here (in the US) think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” Gisele said.
After a public uproar, the new mom clarified her thoughts about breastfeeding and the impact caused by her comment. “My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law,” Gisele wrote on her blog. “It comes from my passion and beliefs about children. Becoming a new mom has brought a lot of questions, I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what might be the best for my child. It’s unfortunate that in an interview sometimes things can seem so black and white. I am sure if I would just be sitting talking about my experiences with other mothers, we would just be sharing opinions. I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge. I believe that bringing a life into this world is the single most important thing a person can undertake and it can also be the most challenging. I think as mothers we are all just trying our best.”
Jennifer Garner became a mother-of-three earlier this week when she welcomed her third child, son Samuel, with husband Ben Affleck. She is one of our favorite celebrity moms year after year, and when she talks about role modeling for her daughters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3, it’s easy to see why she gets the popular vote.
“I try really hard to put my phone down [ever since] my daughter pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, ‘I’ve got an email – hang on one second,’” Jen said.
The Alias alum went on to encourage mother’s to stop judging one another, and start supporting each other. “I will tell you what I can’t abide – and I think the Internet has really created a space for it – women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers,” Jen shared. “It just makes me crazy, whether it’s between staying at home, going to work, how long you breastfeed, if you use formula. I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down. I would just like to see a mother who really believes that she has done it all so right, you know what I mean?”
Michael J. Fox:
While Michael J. Fox was once best known for his Back to the Future films, he is now widely known as an advocate for Parkinson’s Disease, a condition he was diagnosed with in 1991. The father-of-four often speaks out on the importance of family. “Always be available to your kids,”Michael advised. “Because if you say, ‘Give me five minutes, give me ten minutes,’ it’ll be 15, it’ll be 20. And then when you get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they wanted to share with you. I’ve never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded.”
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