Mila Kunis is a mother to two children, who she shares with her loving and dedicated husband, Ashton Kutcher. The pair is couple goals, but they are also hands-on parents who view their family as their number one priority and would go to great lengths to protect their children (Kunis’ comments on the matter are hilarious).
Kutcher and Kunis seem to agree on a lot of things when it comes to their approach to parenting, but also their feelings about the entire experience. Kutcher wanted to call his parents as soon as he became a father because he suddenly understood them in a completely new way. He also revealed that becoming a dad was the greatest thing that has ever happened to him. Kunis has also spoken about being a parent, and the unconditional love that she felt after giving birth, stating that a parent’s love was “the greatest love a human being can have.”
Their lives have changed in many ways, and it’s interesting to see their quotes side-by-side. Below are 10 important things Kunis has said about parenting, and 10 inspiring things Kutcher has said, which make them relatable, even though they are an A-list couple.
Let's start with the 10 things Ashton has said...
20 On Asking For Help: He Doesn't Want To Have Any External Help In Tough Situations
Sometimes we focus so much on motherhood that we forget to give recognition to the dads out there, and there are some wonderful, loving celebrity dads. Amongst this group is Ashton Kutcher, who is an incredibly hands-on dad who would rather learn how to care for his children than ask for help.
In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (via Bustle), he shared these thoughts, saying, “We just want to know our kid. We want to be the people that know what to do when the baby’s crying to make the baby not cry anymore. We want to know, like, when she makes a little face or something, we want to be emotionally in touch with her. And I think the only way to do that is by being the one who’s there.”
19 On How Children Change You: Ashton Felt A New Appreciation For His Own Parents
Before Ashton Kutcher fell in love with Mila Kunis and the pair decided to start a family, his life was very different.
Of course, there were the obvious things that changed and he now has to clean snotty noses, but he also found that his priorities changed. More specifically, his appreciation for his own parents.
“The greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life are my kids,” he said during his acceptance speech for the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award (via Huffington Post).
“When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry because I never knew how much you loved me.’"
18 On How Fatherhood Made Him Feel: Everything Else Is Now Secondary
Ashton Kutcher has had an extremely successful arc as an actor and beyond acting, he is also an entrepreneur. But now that he is a father, nothing else really seems to matter. He shared his thoughts in an interview, and according to People, explained how being a dad had become his “number one gig.” He added, “I am Wyatt and Dimitri’s dad … everything else is secondary.”
Being a father is a role that Kutcher values, and as mentioned earlier, it's also a role that has allowed him to have a better understanding and appreciation of his own parents.
17 On Parenting Struggles: It Can Be Really, Really Hard To Keep Your Kids From Hurting Themselves
Being a parent is not easy, we all know this, and if you thought that celebrities had it easier then you may be surprised to learn that sometimes they have the same parenting difficulties. According to Parents, Kutcher previously spoke about when his daughter was a toddler, and how she would get into everything.
"You know, the first year you spend just trying to keep them alive. And then after that, you hit a point where your job is to keep them from [getting hurt]," Kutcher explained.
"Like, it's not just about 'I gotta keep it surviving.' She literally [does unsafe things] on a regular basis. Like she doesn't realize—that's a cliff and that could be dangerous!”
16 Ashton Thinks His Wife Mila Is The Greatest Mom
Mila Kunis really appreciates all that her partner does for their children, and she has gushed about what a wonderful father he is (he is always willing to change diapers). But Ashton Kutcher also has the utmost respect for his wife and how she is as a mother.
He recognizes that Kunis does so much of the parenting, and feels she’s a bit of a superwoman.
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres (via E! News), he said, "But the most amazing thing about having a baby is my partner, Mila. She's the greatest mom—I can't even! Like, I go to work every day and I come home and she's perfect. And it just seems like everything went amazing. And I know that something probably didn't go amazing, but she never complains. It's [incredible]."
15 On Changing Diapers: There Is Nowhere For Dads To Change Diapers In Public
Mila Kunis got lucky in that she has a man in her life who isn’t grossed out by diapers and doesn’t mind helping out. In fact, Kutcher is more than willing to volunteer for diaper duties, but he has also raised an important point about men and diaper changing, one that it seems most public places have overlooked.
Kutcher started a petition on Change.org to put an end to gender stereotyping, explaining that he had “recently learned an unfortunate reality about changing diapers while out in public with a child.” He continued, “Almost all public changing tables are in women’s bathrooms, which makes it nearly impossible to find a table that’s accessible to dads. As crazy as it sounds, many stores don’t give dads the option to change their babies’ diapers.”
14 On Raising Children Who Aren't Spoiled: It's Important To Teach Children How To Share
For Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, it’s important to raise children who are well-rounded and thoughtful.
Kunis has spoken about how she wants to limit gifts to ensure her children are appreciative of what they receive, and Kutcher has also spoken about generosity.
He spoke to Entertainment Tonight about watching his daughter making a decision to share (in this particular incident, it was a cookie), explaining, “‘I’m like, ‘Cool, you just made a sacrifice.’ If nothing [else] comes from my kids, [let it be] understanding how to make sacrifices and be generous. To me, those are the most memorable things.”
13 On Unconditional Love: He Never Knew How Much He Could Love Another Person
Ashton Kutcher has never been more relatable than the moment he spoke about the love he has for his children.
It was also a love he never knew was possible until he and Mila Kunis started their little family, and he shared these thoughts with Ellen DeGeneres (via E! News).
And on what his biggest surprise about fatherhood was, Kutcher said, "It's just how much you can love another person. You think you know how much you can love another person and then you have a child and you realize [you can love more than that]. It's infinitely rewarding…”
12 On Being A Working Dad: Ashton Ensures He Makes His Family His Number One Priority
We often hear from celebrities about how they balance motherhood and their jobs, but it’s refreshing to also hear from a father, and how he approaches being a working dad. Kutcher told Entertainment Tonight that the "number one" thing in his life is his wife and kids.
He also revealed that he was glad he waited to have children later in life.
“I made a really a good decision not to have young children before I was pretty established with my [acting], which not everybody can do," he explained. "But if you can afford to do it, I think it’s pretty wise because you do have to take your foot off the pedal a bit [after having kids,] especially if you’re an entrepreneur and just starting up -- it’s risky.”
11 On The Lengths He'd Go To Protect His Kids: He Doesn't Share His Children On Social Media For A Reason
Ashton Kutcher is used to having his photograph taken. He is also used to attending public events and having the media fawn over him. This is the life he chose, and he has enjoyed great success in his chosen field, but Kutcher’s children didn’t choose to be in the spotlight.
"My wife and I have chosen a [job] where we're in the public light, but my kids have not," He told Huffington Post (via Romper). "It's their private life; it's not mine to give away." His comments also reveal something about Kutcher’s parenting style, and how he would go to great lengths to protect his kids.
And now for the 10 things Mila has said...
10 On Parenting: Mila Understands Sometimes She Loses Her Cool When She Shouldn't
When you think of Mila Kunis you probably think of a woman who is funny, talented, and gorgeous, but these are just a few words that describe her, and when it comes to motherhood, she is actually very relatable. In an interview with People,
Kunis reminded all moms that there are times when we all experience difficulties with being a parent.
"The only thing I've ever felt guilty about, and I actually apologized to my 3-year-old, is when I overreact," she explained, adding, “I absolutely apologize to her. Even from a point when she didn’t understand that I was apologizing, I would be like, ‘I’m really sorry. Mommy didn’t handle that situation very well.”
9 On Asking For Help: Mila Knows She Can't Always Be The Perfect Mom
Mila Kunis is a woman who has a successful job as an actress and a happy relationship, and she’s also a mother to two children. But her life is far from perfect.
She has good days, and bad ones but overall she knows that being a mom is not always easy.
This is something that Kunis has previously discussed on A Plus, writing, “It’s so taboo to be like, ‘I feel like I’m not perfect.’ You just have to know you’re doing the best you can, and that’s more than enough. I know I’m the best mom Wyatt’s ever had, and I’m the best mom for her.”
8 On How Children Change You: After Having Children She Realized What Truly Mattered
Becoming a mother has changed Mila Kunis, and she has learned a lot about herself and who she is as a woman.
She has also found a quiet confidence and has realized that she needs to do what makes her happy, not what other people approve of.
In an interview with Variety (via Bustle), she discussed these changes, explaining, “When I became a mom, so many things that I used to be insecure about and concerned myself with, no longer mattered. The ability to say no [suddenly] had a purpose.” This is something that has empowered her.
7 Mila Thinks Ashton Kutcher Is An Incredible Father
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis married in 2015, and although they like to keep their private lives pretty secret, they do, on occasion, give an insight into their relationship. As well as their family life, and Kunis has praised Kutcher for his abilities as a dad.
"He's an incredible father," she told Today. "There's not even a question. You know some men — and it's OK — it takes them a little bit of time to adapt to having a baby and feel comfortable. Wyatt came out, and two seconds later he had it down. He's swaddling and changing diapers. He's incredible."
6 On How Motherhood Made Her Feel: Everything Changed But She Mostly Felt Happiness
Motherhood changes a woman’s life in many ways. We all know the obvious changes; your life suddenly revolves around this little one who is constantly demanding attention and drastically altering your routine. We also know that sleep becomes a distant memory, and sleep is something Mila Kunis has discussed in great detail.
After giving birth to the couple’s first child, Kunis spoke to Insider about how motherhood made her feel, saying, “Everything is different. From the fact that you’re so happy when you get six hours of sleep to the idea of being responsible for this incredible, living breathing little human being that you can’t believe is yours.”
5 On Making Her Kids Appreciate Everything: She Doesn't Want To Raise Spoiled Children
There is nothing wrong with gifting a child something they really want on a birthday or special occasion, but there is a balance all moms try to find to avoid raising children who are spoiled and unappreciative. Mila Kunis told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn’t want her children to expect things.
"Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was 2, and it was too much," she said. "We didn't give her anything—it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don't even know what they're expecting; they're just expecting stuff. We've told our parents, 'We're begging you—if you have to give her something, pick one gift."
4 On Unconditional Love: Mila Feels Motherhood Has Helped Her Experience The Greatest Love
We hear it all the time: how no one understands love until they have a child. But there is a reason everyone always speaks about the unconditional love that a parent feels, and Mila Kunis seemed to sum up the feelings perfectly when she wrote a piece on A Plus.
“I thought that I could not have greater love than the love for my husband,” she wrote. “This is not to be cheesy, but I literally was like this must be the greatest love a human being can have and we both felt that about each other. Then, we had Wyatt and we were like, ‘Whoa!'”
3 On Being A Working Mom: It's Easy To Feel Like You're Not Doing A Good Job
Working mom guilt is a thing, and Mila Kunis is no stranger to this feeling.
In the beginning, she even felt as though she wasn't doing a good job as a parent, but if we can learn anything from her it’s to remember that firstly, almost everyone goes through these feelings, and secondly, you’re a great mom!
According to A Plus, she said, “I felt like I [wasn't doing a good job] as a mother because I wasn’t there for her every minute of the day. It took me a little while to realize that I was a better mom going back to work because when I was with her, I was present 100 percent. If you are with your kid and you are present, and you are there and you’re engaged, and you care, then you’re a great mom.”
2 On The Lengths She'd Go To Protect Her Kids: Mila Would Do Anything, Literally, Anything To Make Sure Her Kids Were OK
Mila Kunis experienced many new feelings after becoming a mother, feelings that she never thought were possible.
She has felt mommy guilt, she has felt a new love, and she has also felt a huge need to protect her children.
After her first child, daughter Wyatt was born, Kunis spoke to Insider about how she would do anything to protect her. Literally, anything, so that if her daughter called her after having done something she shouldn't, she would help her cover it up. She continued, "I wouldn't even question it, and I can't say that about anybody else in my life."
1 On Sharing Responsibility: Ashton Is A Great Help When It Comes To The Less Pleasant Jobs
Changing diapers is not exactly fun, but when you are a parent, fluids no longer freak you out because they become so normal and you become so used to them.
But Mila Kunis has also gotten lucky, and when it comes to diapers, she has Ashton Kutcher to help her out -- and he doesn’t just do diapers, he’s a very hands-on dad.
"The second she was born, he changed the first diaper," she told Ellen DeGeneres (via E! News) of Kutcher. "And has changed multiple diapers ever since. If he's home, he changes the diaper."