There’s one thing that most people can agree on: having a child is life-changing!
Some of our favorite celebrity parents have shared their greatest joys and challenges of parenthood.
From Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin‘s peaceful co-parenting after their divorce, to Pink‘s pep talk on self-image with her 6-year-old daughter Willow, to Colin Farrell‘s pride for his son James with special needs, to Angelina Jolie‘s fascination with her cross-dressing daughter Shiloh, let’s take a look at 15 inspirational quotes from some of our favorite celebrity parents.
“If you have milk, you have milk, and if they’re hungry, they’re hungry. I think it’s a beautiful thing, because motherhood is a very strong place for women to connect and understand each other.” – Salma Hayek on being a wet nurse for a hungry infant in Sierra Leone.
“I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive. What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100% accountable? What if I checked my own s–- at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship?” – Gwyneth Paltrow on co-parenting in peace with ex-husband Chris Martin.
“I thought I knew what love was, but holy cow, I did not. I could never have imagined the kind of love I have for my children.” – Drew Barrymore on motherhood.
“You’re beautiful……baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl. We help other people to change, so they can see all kinds of beauty.” – Pink tells 6-year-old daughter Willow after she said, “I’m the ugliest girl I know.”
“I’m so proud of her… By acknowledging the pain she’s going through, in doing that she also acknowledges the pain that a lot of women go through after they have a child. A lot of people don’t want to talk about it. A lot of people feel alone when they’re going through it and for her to let people know that they’re not alone, I think was really powerful.” – John Legend on Chrissy Teigen going public about her struggle with postpartum depression.
“It’s unimaginable how the children have changed my life. Years ago I couldn’t imagine becoming a dad, but the kids have changed me so much as a person and for the better. I love them more and more every day and being a dad is now the most important thing in my life.” – Elton John on fatherhood.
“Motherhood has completely changed my life — from the way I view things to the way I live my life. Becoming a mom has just made me realize, ‘Grow the hell up.’ And just looking at my son everyday made me realize he’s my life now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” – Snooki after welcoming her first child.
“The stigma remains in a really big way. There’s this version of eye contact that I have with women who have been through postpartum depression where it’s this silent, ‘Oh my God, I love you. I’m so sorry.’ There are people who are like, ‘Where’s the old Alanis?’ and I just think, ‘Well, she’s in here. She’s having a minute.’ I just know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and try not to beat myself up.” – Alanis Morissette on struggling with PPD.
“I think she [Shiloh] is fascinating, the choices she is making. And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. 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. Society always has something to learn when it comes to the way we judge each other, label each other. We have far to go.” – Angelina Jolie on her daughter Shiloh dressing like a boy.
“When James took his first steps a couple weeks short of his fourth birthday, it was pretty amazing and humbling to see. People talk about the children taking the first step, it’s obviously a monumental moment… But to be told your child may never take the first step and then see those first steps is just kind of a different sport all together.” – Colin Farrell on his son with special needs.