See why the actress is serious about raising unspoiled kids.

By Hollee Actman Becker
October 13, 2016

Sarah Jessica Parker may have played a woman obsessed with buying $800 pairs of Jimmy Choos on the hit HBO series Sex and the City, but in real life, the stylish mom of three came from pretty humble beginnings. She grew up in a family of eight kids and lived in relative poverty, where there sometimes wasn't enough money for Christmas presents.

But while Parker recently told People she thinks her mom is sorry about all the things she couldn't give to her children back when they were younger, this down-to-earth mama is now hellbent on making sure her own three kids with husband Matthew Broderick—7-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta, and son James, 13—understand the value of a dollar, so they can appreciate what they have.

"I work hard to be as depriving to my children as my mother was," she explained. "Meaning I like to withhold things from my children. Things they want, I think they should yearn for, and in some cases, as my son gets older, I think he should earn."

Amen! It's so nice to see celeb parents like SJP and Broderick—and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, for that matter, who also grew up poor and are serious about raising unspoiled children—rein it in. While these power couples could probably give their mini-me's whatever they want, they aren't just mindlessly indulging them. How refreshing!

"I think it's good to pine for something," Parker explained. "So that when you get it, it has such meaning."

We couldn't agree more!

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Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.


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