Juggling being a parent and being a celebrity is something that we know nothing about. We aren’t famous and we don’t have kids. However we are spectators obsessed with celebrity culture and watching them raise their kids is something that brings us a level of joy. Many of the celebrities we grew up with are now having kids of their own and what kind of fans would we be if we didn’t obsessively watch how they choose to parent?
There are two types of celebrity parents; the ones that buy their kids everything they don’t need and the ones who value quality time and love over materialistic objects. Many celebrities have been making headlines for buying their kids a bunch of things we would never be able to afford; kid-sized playhouses made of candy, mansions for 8 year-olds, cars for 14 year-olds and Hermes purses for newborn babies. We are just gobsmacked at what some of these celebs can think of to give their kids.
But don’t worry, it’s not all bad. In fact, there are a lot of celebrities who refuse to raise children that are entitled. Raising upstanding citizens of society who know what it’s like to work for a dollar and know explicitly that their parent’s money is not their future money. No matter what the parenting style, one thing is for sure, the celebs on this list love their kids so much that no matter the amount of money spent (or not spent) they are parenting the best way they know how.
22 Regular: Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are kind of apart of this list by default. We are sure that Spelling would love to lavish her children with riches and the glamorous life. Unfortunately, her father didn’t leave her enough money and her career doesn’t keep her afloat enough for that. She has learned that being humble is probably her best bet. According to Fox News, she has also put much of her financial woes on display for the world to judge.
In almost all of her reality TV shows she talks about how much money she DOESN’T have. So, they are forced to live a life of modest means.
We have to admit this may be the best thing for her family seeing as Spelling grew up so lavishly and had a hard time when she had to branch out on her own.
21 Regular: Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel strikes us as the type to be down to earth and easy to talk to. So how can someone so warm and welcoming raise anything but well-rounded children? We can totally see her walking her kids to school, doing her own grocery shopping, making her own dinner. During an interview on a late night talk show, Deschanel stated that her children are her number one priority now.
Her favorite bonding time with her son and daughter is cooking. “We make chocolate chip cookies. They aren’t just something we buy and have in the house,” She went on to tell Us magazine, “The process of making those things really teaches kids that they are precious, limited in quantity and you can’t just replenish them easily.”
20 Riches: Salma Hayek
From the outside looking in, no one would assume that Salma Hayek and her billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault are showering their little girl Valentina with anything extravagant. But, clearly, we are wrong.
When she turned eight, the little girl was gifted a $12 million dollar Los Angeles estate.
She isn’t moving in any time soon but when you have that amount of money, you can do whatever you like. She apparently rocks the best designer clothes and goes to a bunch of great, exclusive events with her actress mother. However, the couple are able to keep their daughter mostly out of the eye of the public, and this makes us wonder about all the other amazing things she has received that we will never know about.
19 Regular: Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.
According to Sarah Michelle Gellar and her hubby Freddie Prinze Jr., they refuse to allow their children to grow up spoiled. To ensure this actually happens she has a few rules that are a staple in her home.
Kids must help with the cooking, you have to give all foods a real try, chores are just part of being a family member, and wastefulness is not tolerated.
Gellar and Prinze Jr. are also into giving their kids Charlotte and Rocky now 9 and 6 years-old an allowance for completing chores around the home. This is as normal as it comes. Their kids will no doubt have part-time jobs when they get older.
18 Riches: Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise
Maybe this ex-couple is trying to make it up to their daughter for not being able to make things world between them. Or, maybe they are just trying to one-up one another. It has been reported by a number of sources that Suri Cruise has been receiving extravagant gifts from her parents both together and individually since she was born. Holmes bought Suri a dollhouse for $24,000, she also bought her her her own toy Mercedes for $10,000. So, of course, Cruise one-upped Katie and bought Suri a $30,000 race car. Tom is desperately trying to keep his only biological daughter in his life, so according to sources, he bought her a mansion (for future use we are sure) for a whopping $13.5 million.
17 Regular: Carrie Underwood
Back in 2013, Carrie Underwood made the news for turning down the opportunity to own a private jet. Fast forward to 2018, the mom of one with one on the way is still as humble as ever. Now that she is a mom she vows to not overindulge her son Isaiah. She told People magazine that especially during Christmas, “I feel there's a lot of Christmas that has kind of gotten lost, [Mike and I] have talked about not wanting to spoil our kids. We want it to be more about the family and the fun times.” She even went on to say that Christmas mornings they eat at Waffle House. It’s a really low-priced breakfast joint popular around the south.
16 Riches: Farrah Abraham
We can understand why Farrah Abraham would want to shower her daughter with everything she could ever want. Sophia has to grow up without her real father, she is the product of teen parents AND, the parent she has left is from a dysfunctional family and dabbled in the film industry. Every time we turn around, she is buying her child things that no child really needs; a furniture store, another animal (horse, dogs, cats). And, she basically lets her do whatever she wants. Her eighth birthday party had a red carpet with a freaking step and repeat AND it was on a school night. We can’t hate on her too much the child already has a lot of odds against her.
15 Regular: Keira Knightley
When was the last time you saw Keira Knightley in public? Yeah, that’s what we thought. There is no way that this new mom can ever be accused of raising a spoiled child when we barely ever even see her in public. You can tell that she isn’t wrapped up into the life that fame can give to people. This speaks volumes about how she will raise this child and any other kids she plans on having in the future.
Knightley and her husband, James Righton are so private that they don’t even talk about their son. It’s almost as if she never had a child.
Celebrities don’t do that unless they plan on raising their kids in a real low-key way.
14 Riches: DJ Khaled
Not only does DJ Khaled spoil the world out of his son Asahd, but he also spoils family members' kids and basically anyone who has the luxury of attending one of his son’s birthdays. Please keep in mind, Asahd is not even four yet and this child has been basically handed all the finer thing in life to him on a silver platter. Really we can’t blame the renowned DJ and music producer as this is his first child and he is such a family man that he can’t help but be insanely proud of his son.
For one of his birthdays, Asahd received a $100,000 watch that has 600 diamonds in it.
Plus, he spends more time on red carpets than we have seen any other toddler do.
13 Regular: Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been very candid about how they are raising their kids.
The couple have told a few news sources that they tell their children that they are poor.
During an interview on the Kyle and Jackie O Show, Kunis said. “It's a matter of teaching them from a very early age that, you know, 'Mommy and Daddy may have a dollar, but you're poor,’”. The funny mom went on to say she constantly reiterates to her daughter and son that they do not have bank accounts. It must be hard for them to keep up this facade when you live in L.A, one of the most expensive states to put roots down in.
12 Regular: Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana are notorious for making sure they raise their kids to not be spoiled.
He has been forthright about making sure his kids don’t overindulge and making sure that they know they are NOT getting his mass fortune when he and his wife pass.
He says that because he has never really been “turned on by money” he doesn’t make it a priority in his life or the life of his kids. Ramsay is more interested in making sure his kids can distinguish between what is good and what is bad and how an upstanding citizen goes through life.
11 Riches: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have never been the best at hiding their love of luxurious items and out of reach trips anywhere in the world. In 2018, Kim wrote an essay for Wealthsmart where she stated that she does not want to spoil her kids. Yet, we see her on yachts and in Paris buying them all the things that are not necessary. In addition, she helped North start a clothing line but come on that’s just good business practice. Kim shares a lot of her personal business on social media with her fans and haters. We see North, Saint, and Chicago sleeping in expensive beds, getting whatever toys they want and flying on private jets. But hey, if we had money like that we would give our kids whatever they wanted too.
10 Regular: Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
These famous parents enjoy their family time so much that the only way they can see it continuing is by keeping their kids grounded. Bell and Shepard’s kids Lincoln and Delta are rarely seen in private and the couple doesn’t talk about them often. Because their kids only recently realized they are famous they have to constantly remind them, “‘This is special treatment, this is not normal.’ We constantly remind them how lucky we are. We never let them take it for granted — not even the fact that we can pay our bills.” Bell admits it's hard to maintain a grounded lifestyle but she reaches out to celebs who were raised by famous parents for advice.
9 Riches: Diddy
What can you expect from a man who is constantly changing his name? Sean “Diddy” Combs has always loved to lavish himself with the finer things. So, of course, when he started having kids all he wanted to do was dote on them with materialistic things. He was quoted as saying. "I think it's appropriate to give my kids whatever I want to give my kids. I feel the way I raise my children, I don't have to explain to you or anyone else, 'cause nobody knows the way I raise my children. So nobody knows the lessons that I've taught my children to understand if they are mentally ready for that. It wasn't even about a lesson; it's what I wanted to do," he said. "I could do whatever I want to do and you can't question me about it."He’s not wrong.
8 Regular: Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are bother super rich and super famous. Really, they can afford real estate in New York City and practically no one can do that. However, having kids has made them realize that money isn’t everything and materialistic goods just don’t last. Parker said, "My son only wears hand-me-downs because I've got all these older nephews, I think it's incumbent on my husband and me to really stress and to show James Wilkie by example what it means to owe your community something and that he is not entitled to the benefits of our hard work."
7 Riches: Christina Aguilera
When pop singer Christina Aguilera was married to Jordan Bratman they couldn’t help but spoil their adorable little boy. It was the first child for both of them.
Starting at birth the couple spent almost $50,000 on a sailboat theme nursery for their boy.
She reportedly even went as far as to throw away all the toys her then-husband Jordan Bratman bought at a local Toys R’ Us in favor of toys only offered at exclusive boutiques. This sounds pretty harsh but what can you expect from a self-professed diva? Aguilera is no longer with Bratman and she has also slipped away from the limelight quite a bit but we can only assume that she is still spoiling her son. And, of course, her second child, a daughter.
6 Regular: Julia Roberts & Danny Moder
Julia Roberts is a huge actress and she is so famous that even if she never did another film ever again she would be just as famous. So here’s the thing, her kids are so unaffected by her fame and fortune that they basically have grounded themselves. Roberts' kids are living a pauper's life compared to some of the celebrity kids out here. “They’re not spoiled or entitled, and she made quite an effort to keep their lives as normal as possible to avoid that.” Roberts doesn’t talk about her children much but a few close celebrity friends have said nothing but kind things about her and her parenting style.
5 Riches: Lil’ Wayne
Lil’ Wayne’s oldest daughter Reginae turned 16 in style with no expenses spared. The musician spent well over $500,000 to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.
Some of her gifts include two cars, one a red BMW and the other being a White Ferrari.
To top it off Reginae’s birthday was covered by the popular MTV TV show My Super Sweet 16. Don’t worry she isn’t the only one receiving lavish gifts from dad. Lil’ Wayne has several other kids who he has poured gifts over. Everything from renting out stadiums and movie theaters to buying thousands of dollars worth of toys and clothes. The rapper grew up very poor so it’s no wonder that he wants to make sure his kids have all the best. No expenses spared.
4 Regular: Tyra Banks & Erik Asla
Tyra Banks recently revealed that she can no longer have any more kids. There is no doubt that she plans on making no mistakes with her son York. The model and TV host showed the world how relatable she is when she hosted America’s Next Top Model. Banks says she will leave the spoiling up to York’s grandmother. her mother, Carolyn London.
She admits her favorite time of the day is laying in bed with her mother and son relaxing and watching TV or falling asleep (who doesn’t love sleep).
"Me and Nana and York, we get in the bed together, and it's like, wow, this is three generations, you know?.And we spend so much time together he now calls us Nana Mama."
3 Riches: Beyonce & Jay Z
Who else do you know that gave their daughter an $80,000 Barbie for their first birthday? This act, of course, made headlines but was never confirmed by the parents themselves. They are known to be notoriously private but tabloids and paparazzi have snapped so many pics of Blue Ivy and her now siblings Rumi and Sur going on lavish vacations, playing with the best toys out there and of course, eating food that not many toddlers and kids would have the opportunity to eat. We may get a lot of backlash for questioning Beyonce’s parenting skills and honestly, maybe we are just jealous (who are we kidding we are very jealous).
2 Regular: Matthew McConaughey
We don’t see much of Matthew McConaughey’s children with his wife Camila Alves. In fact, we sometimes forget the guy even has kids. McConaughey actually tries to live a life of the least material objects possible.
At one point he had enough money to own multiple homes yet, he chose to live in a trailer on the beach.
This guy certainly knows how to live below his means. "As for raising kids, my wife and I have a similar moral bottom line. When kids try to good cop, bad cop ya, we’re on the same page. If they try to play us, we give the same answer. We also have a lot of fun. We can shape them, but they are who they are.” Money to McConaughey is just another way to get yourself into trouble.
1 Riches: Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Their own personal candyland. Yes, this is one of the many extravagant- let’s call them toys- that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s twins have. The twins had a lavish nursery and as they grow up they are treated to things we may never have. Trips, shopping sprees, friends with all the cool celebrity children. We have no question that this is just the beginning of their kids' life into luxury.
Cannon once bragged that his kids have a ball pit in their home because there is nothing like not having to leave your house ever in order to have a good time.
Sources: EOnline.com, DigitalSpy.com, OKMagazine.com, News.com.au, Today.com, Parents.com