Nikki Reed, actress (1.5 year old daughter)
On an unpredictable life with children
“You can prepare, plan everything, speak and cry, and still something unexpected will happen. The woman in this photo, worried about whether she will be able to breastfeed at all, is now the mother of a one-year-old child who is still not interested in solid food. Yes, that's right: I still feed almost completely myself - because my baby wants it, and I'm quite for it. I was told that mastitis does not happen on the fifth day after giving birth, but, of course, from a temperature of 39.5 I felt bad more than ever. I desperately clung to the dream of giving birth at home and at the last moment I ended up in the hospital ward with a wonderful midwife and doctor, whom I met just 12 hours ago, just in case. And, in spite of everything, she gave birth without intervention."
Pink, singer (7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son)
About the difficulties of education
“When my daughter was younger, I thought I understood everything. When she was alone. Now that there are two of them and of different ages, I am constantly on the nerves. The older she is, the less I understand how to educate her. Choose the path of harsh honesty? Hug and talk so that you don't worry? Let her be cocky because I want her to be strong - because being strong is necessary to survive in this world? Yes, but where, then, to put tenderness and kindness?"
Selma Blair, actress (7-year-old son)
About the need to let go
“Dedicated to mothers. This is us six years ago, and I am completely exhausted. I rented a house from a pretty actress, I met another mom, Pink, and walked with a stroller on the beach at six in the morning. I fed the baby all night and tried to make plans. I loved my son with all my strength and tried to surrender to motherhood. I was scared. I could not even imagine that one day I would leave him and go away. My greatest responsibility. He went to first grade yesterday. I let him go. I work. Making plans. I count the days until I meet him again. No matter how far away we are, loved ones know that we are near."
Serena Williams, tennis player (1-year-old daughter)
Infinite parental patience
“Children pacify us. On the flight home yesterday, Olympia was full of energy and wanted to run up and down the aisle of the plane. When I finally calmed her down and sat her down, my daughter vomited right on top of me and into the aisle. # She wants to remind all mothers how important it is to support each other in good and bad times, funny and sad moments."
Olivia Wilde, actress (4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter)
About simple parenting joys
“I hope my kids will one day look at me the same way they look at their treats.”
"Two kids under the age of four are crazy most of the time, but sometimes I get through and they agree to ride the carousel with me."
"Smile so your kids don't realize that their future is in the hands of a crazy, misogynistic freak as president."
Eli Wong, stand-up comedian and screenwriter (3-year-old and 1-year-old daughter)
About weekends with children
“Trying not to explode while feeding four children with one spoonful of sweet potato puree while they play by the inflatable pool. For them it is a holiday and a vacation, but for me it is a circuit training."
“The farmers' market is a great excuse to escape from a cluttered home. This is a free outdoor museum of food, dried lavender and expensive cheese. Plus I can feed the kids a bunch of toothpick test fruits that I don’t fucking need to chop myself.”
Kristen Bell, actress (5-year-old and 4-year-old daughters)
Important life hacks
" Hands on the circle! " - we say this phrase when we get out of the car. "Hands on the circle" (the circle is the fuel tank cap) was invented by my brilliant daughter-in-law, and to this day this technique saves our children from traffic while we unload things from the trunk."
Chrissy Teigen, model and TV personality (2-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son)
About beautiful photos
“What kind of photo should I post: the one where it seems that his head is without support, but I have a beautiful face and the Moon is tired of everything; or the one where his head is with support, I have a pretty face and Luna is tired of everything; or the one where he roars, I have a normal face and Luna is tired of everything?"
"Moon. Moon please. Moon, one smile. Please, well, for mom. Okay, you don't have to smile. Don't listen to people who tell you to smile. But can you please smile? Okay, no, no. Well, maybe just once?"
Milla Jovovich, actress (11-year-old and 3-year-old daughters)
About whether to be a serious mom
“Being a parent is a challenge. I strive to do my best. But between sleepless nights and work, between worries and doubts, patience is exhausted. The guilt of a working mother weighs heavily on me, and without even realizing it, I turn on the "serious parent" almost all the time. Sometimes I try to enjoy the moment. To understand that no matter how much you want to do everything "right", for the most part "right" - it's just to rage and giggle heartily. I would like my children in the future to answer the question about their mother that she is cheerful. So my goal is to laugh with them at least once a day. No matter what".
Drew Barrymore, actress (6-year-old and 4-year-old daughter)
About separation from a child
“Olive has a working mom. So I had to come up with a couple of tricks. One of them is "Calendar". It fits very well. I circle all the days I’m away and ask her to cross these days with a cross when they are over. So she sees that I am leaving, absent and returning.
I always explain to her how I love my job. I don’t say “I’ll have to go to work” with a grimace on my face, because I fear that this will cause negative feelings about what many mothers have to do to make a living. A friend of mine once said, "Never let your child think that work is something bad that takes you away from him." I realized that many of us say this to make it easier for children: thinking that work is a nasty thing that takes parents away. This is fine, but I'm pretty sure this approach is not for me. I want to give my daughters the idea that work is good and necessary. And that this is the way to fulfill what they dream of. ">