While there is no doubt in the world that everyone knows who Beyonce is, there isn’t much that we know about her life behind the scenes. Sure, Beyonce is very open and transparent with her fans. She has spoken about the ups and downs of her life, her marriage, and the difficulties associated with fame. But at the same time, there is a lot about her and her family that she likes to keep well-hidden behind closed doors. And honestly, we don’t blame her.
She’s a mother before a performer and for her, protecting her children from the media limelight is her number one priority. But at the same time, many of her fans are still very curious about her, the way she parents her children Blue Ivy, Sir, and Rumi and what their life looks like with one of the most famous women in the world.
Sure, the rest of the world might refer to Beyonce as Queen Bey, but at home, they just call her mom.
With that being said, here are 20 things you probably didn’t know about Beyonce’s parenting. Take a look at our list below and let us know what you think by dropping us a line with your thoughts in our comments section below!
Beyonce hasn’t said much about her pregnancies, but it’s without a doubt that they were the best moment of her life. After all, she looked both beautiful and glowing while she was pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy and later on with her twins, Rumi and Sir.
Beyoncé said in the 2013 HBO documentary Life is But a Dream.
"You are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you, so of course, you want to scream it out and tell everyone.”
20 Blue Ivy’s Role
Beyonce has made it no secret that her daughter Blue Ivy has changed her life in multiple ways. And that’s not just because she helped make Bey a mother, but she also opened her eyes to many different aspects in her life.
“My daughter introduced me to myself,” the chart-topping singer told Oprah Winfrey.
“You know, my mother and I are so close, and I always prayed that I would have that type of relationship with my daughter. And she’s still a baby, but the connection I had with her when I was giving birth was something that I’ve never felt before.”
19 The Right Values
If there is one thing that is very important to Beyonce in her life, it’s having the right kind of values. And that’s exactly what she is going to teach her three children, too. It’s all about knowing the difference between right and wrong and being a good citizen of this world.
Bey gave us this little nugget of wisdom,
“I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s [attractive]. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”
18 Her Daughter Is Her Best Friend
Beyonce and Blue Ivy are very close. Sure, Blue might just be a Kindergarten kid, but she has the kind of maturity that makes her wise beyond her years. After all, many fans have seen her in action. She likes to keep her parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z, grounded by reminding them of the more important things in life – and that’s something Bey appreciates wholeheartedly. She doesn’t take any of the quality time they spend together for granted and likes to take Blue with her everywhere she goes.
“She’s my road dog … she’s my homey, my best friend,” she told Vogue.
17 And Her Parents’ Biggest Fan
Sure, Beyonce and Jay-Z have millions of fans from all over the world, but the one who counts the most is their daughter, Blue Ivy. She loves her parents’ music as much as she loves them.
“She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy," Jay-Z told Vanity Fair in November 2013.
"And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her — ‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it."
16 Family First
Beyonce said that when she gave birth to Blue Ivy, her family was there by her bedside for the entire experience.
And while a lot of people would call childbirth one of their best (yet most painful and excruciating) moments of their lives, Bey appreciated every second of it.
“My family and my closest people were there when I gave birth,” she said in a 2003 Vogue interview. “Everything that scared me just was not present in that room. So for me to really let go and really appreciate every contraction ... it was the best day of my life.”
15 Mind, Soul, And Body
Right after Beyonce gave birth to her firstborn, she took the time to appreciate just how powerful her appearance is. After all, it did help introduce her to the most important person of her life: her daughter Blue and later on, her twins Rumi and Sir.
"Right now, after giving birth, I really understand the power of my body,” she said in Vogue. “I just feel my body means something completely different. I feel a lot more confident about it. Even being heavier, thinner, whatever. I feel a lot more like a woman. More feminine [...] And no shame.”
14 Diaper Duty
Beyonce and Jay-Z might be two of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry, but when Bey says that her husband does diaper duty, we definitely believe it. Apparently, Jay-Z is not afraid of the dirty business and even takes it head-on.
“Actually, [Jay-Z] is very good. We both [change diapers]. I love changing diapers, I love it. I love every moment of it, it’s so beautiful. I love it all,” Beyoncé told Anderson Cooper on the prime-time show "Anderson Live."
Talk about major daddy props! It’s no wonder that Bey and Jay are a powerful couple. They really do have each other’s backs.
13 Learning Something New Every Day
Sure, we all call her Queen Bey for a reason, but it looks like even Her Majesty herself is still learning new things every day.
Beyonce might look perfect from the outside, but that’s not always the case from within according to the pop star herself.
According to People Magazine, Beyonce has said, “I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world.”
12 In Love With Motherhood
Beyonce has had a lot of roles in her life, but it’s her role as a mother that she cherishes the most. In fact, she loves to be with her kids for all of their milestones and their special moments. She might be one of the biggest stars in the music world, but her family always comes first.
“When I wake up in the morning, the best thing in the world is seeing her face,” Beyoncé said in the NFL Network’s “Super Bowl Live” show in 2013. “She’s starting to talk. It’s just such a beautiful time in my life to have a child and every day see something new and see her learn something new.”
11 Be Yourself
Or rather, “Bey yourself.”
If there is one person who can teach her children (and the rest of the world) self-confidence, it would definitely be Queen Bey. Because that woman oozes it each and every time she’s on stage. She’s a great role model for both her kids and the fans that have been following her each and every move throughout the years.
Beyonce once told her fans, “It’s easy to hear the voices of others and often very difficult to hear your own. Every person you meet is going to want something different from you.
The question is: What do you want for yourself?”
10 Teaching Self-Worth
As we are sure everyone knows at this point, Beyonce is the Queen of basically everything. And if you don’t believe us, just ask her Bey Hive (her incredibly large fan base, that is). Beyonce has done a very good job of teaching us all about learning how to respect yourself and your self-worth, which is probably something she plans on doing with her own children, too.
In other words, you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. Queen Bey once reminded us,
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
9 Love Is All That Matters
At the end of the day, love is all that really matters, right? And for Beyonce, it’s her love for her family that keeps her going strong, each and every day. She also takes the time to love herself and do something that makes her happy.
After all, if mama isn’t happy, then the rest of the family sure isn’t happy either and Bey once all of us to know that. Beyonce reminded us of this when she said,
“Take the time to define yourself and define your value. If you’re having a hard time doing that, ask yourself: What is something I would say to someone I love?”
8 Putting Things Into Perspective
Beyonce might be one of the most successful artists in the entertainment industry, but it hasn’t always been this easy for her. As a matter of fact, she likes to often put things in perspective and remind everyone (her children included) that you will lose as often as you win in life. In other words, you have to be prepared for everything that comes your way, including the good, the bad and the ugly.
Beyonce put it this way, “The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.”
7 Girls Run The World
It goes without saying we know who runs the world, right? Beyonce taught us that – it’s the girls!
She’s all about girl power. Seeing how she is raising two strong, independent girls (along with one son) it’s without a doubt that she will remind them every single day of their lives that they need to stay both strong and fierce. Beyonce said,
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead. Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.”
Preach it, mama!
Empowerment is a word that means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Some people feel empowered by money. Others feel empowered by success. But for Beyonce, she feels empowered when she’s in control of what she’s doing and where she’s going. And that’s a message that she will most definitely send to her daughters.
Power also means believing in yourself and what you can achieve. Beyonce put it this way, “I know I’m stronger in the songs than I really am. Sometimes I need to hear it myself. We all need to hear those empowering songs to remind us.”
5 The Smaller Things In Life
Beyonce might be one of the biggest pop stars in the world, but at the same time, she does appreciate everything that she has, including the bigger and the smaller moments in life.
She knows she’s blessed, and in many different ways, too. She’s a successful performer, a wife to Jay-Z, and a hands-on mother with three beautiful, healthy children in her life.
“The best thing is looking back and realizing how incredible life is. If you don’t take the time to think about or analyze your life you’ll never realize all the dots that are all connected," said Beyonce.
4 Always Reaching For Higher Ground
One of the reasons why Beyonce is so incredibly successful is because she’s always reaching for higher ground. She’s not satisfied with being just another pop star. That’s what makes her so inspirational – both as a singer and of course, a working mom. She’s always striving to be the best version of herself and that’s why her fans love her so much. Beyonce has said this on the record,
“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
3 Spending More Time With The Family
Let’s face it: everyone calls her Queen Bey for a reason. Sure, she has accomplished so much in her career so far and that might be one of the reasons why she wants to settle down and be at home with her kids and husband, Jay-Z.
“I’m over being a pop star. I don’t wanna be a hot girl. I wanna be iconic.
And I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. I feel like I’m highly respected, which is more important than any award or any amount of records. And I feel like there comes a point when being a pop star is not enough,” said Beyonce several years ago.
2 Independent Daughters
Let’s not forget, Beyonce is the same person who taught us all about being a single woman who pays her own bills and being an independent gal who doesn’t need a man in her life to be satisfied! With that being said, Blue Ivy and Rumi definitely have a great role model to look up to.
Bey says, “I remember being in Japan when Destiny’s Child put out ‘Independent Women,’ and women there were saying how proud they were to have their own jobs, their own independent thinking, their own goals. It made me feel so good, and I realized that one of my responsibilities was to inspire women in a deeper way.”
1 Love And Acceptance
At the end of the day, it’s love and acceptance that matters the most. Yes, Bey teaches her fans and her kids that you need to love and accept your family. But what’s more important is that you need to love and accept yourself, too. She also emphasizes that no one is perfect and that you shouldn’t expect perfection, either. In other words, we are who we are, even with our flaws.
Bey has said, “When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don’t know you think.”