Hoping to keep their kids well behaved, these 5 stars aren’t afraid to discipline their kids and say they run a tight ship at home. Some believe a good routine is the key to keeping their children in a balanced state of mind, while others have a “naughty chair” for any child who dares to misbehave – they have to sit and think about their bad behaviour. They may be privileged to be born in to a celebrity family, but these parents still won’t let their children run wild and free, making sure they’re polite and always do what is asked of them.
Angelina and her partner Brad take turns being the “bad cop” parent: ”I used to be the tougher parent but since the birth of the twins, Brad’s had to play bad cop more often. It also depends on which of the children we are talking about. Brad has always had this incredible bond with Mad, who’s very smart, and Brad loves teaching him about history and art and culture – it’s an amazing thing to watch them together. I think I’m a little closer to the girls, maybe, but he’s always making them laugh. The children are usually very well-behaved though.”
Jennifer makes sure her kids have a good routine and are kept behaving well: “I’m the one who keeps everybody on schedule, like, ‘Got to go to bed at this time, got to eat something.’ I was talking about this with somebody – they asked, ‘Do you still love working?’ I said, ‘I just do it quicker.’ I don’t have all the time in the world anymore.”
Matthew isn’t as easy going when it comes to fatherhood: “Discipline is very cool. We run a tight and fun shift. I’m very playful but parents have the advantage of being around for so much longer. If we’re going to sit there and teach our kids that life has consequences, they’re going to turn 18 and go out in their own world. They’re going to find it the hard way. You do it early so they understand how the world works and what is expected of them, not only as a citizen, but as their family name, as a McConaughey, things like that.”
Sheryl believes that parents need to take charge: “I’m strict. I think one thing that is missing now with kids is the hierarchy of adults not being friends, even though ultimately that’s what you want with your kids. They have to understand that somebody’s in charge and sometimes the answer is no. It’s about being consistent.”
Victoria keeps her kids on a strict routine and even has a naughty chair: “We watch movies together as a family and invite guests too. We are also very strict about the children doing their homework and going to bed on time. Cruz goes to bed at 7pm, Romeo goes at 7.30pm and Brooklyn at 9.30pm. I firmly believe that children need a basic routine. We have got a punishment chair – when you’ve done something naughty you are supposed to sit down on it and think over your behaviour. But I have never had to punish them physically. I think they are all very clever boys and besides they’ve got very good manners.”