10 Celebrities You'd Never Expect to Be Strict Parents

Being raised in the spotlight doesn't guarantee you're going to get away with everything.


Celebrity parents: They're just like us. Or so they say! The next time you have to lay down the law, take heart in knowing that you're not alone. In fact, not even the rich and famous are immune to the less joyful parts of parenting. Find out which stars have spoken out about disciplining their children and not giving in to their every whim.

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1 Chip and Joanna Gaines

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Chip's parents were a bit more laissez-faire about his upbringing, so the Fixer Upper star told he expected to be a "wild parent" himself. "When I got to be a parent, I don't know what it is about it … I feel a little bit like a drill sergeant sometimes. Some elements of my personality, as a parent, I'm not real crazy about." Chip is particularly strict about video games and TV time, while Joanna is the more laid-back one. But they both agree on one thing: "We keep telling our kids they don't get a phone until they go off to college," Joanna says. 

2 Cate Blanchett

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The Oscar-winning actress has to play the role of strict parent to her four kids with husband Andrew Upton. "I don't enjoy being the bad cop, but sometimes I have to be," Blanchett . "My husband and I worry about our generation trying to be friends with their children rather than parents of their children. If you're going to try and make your children like you, you're in dangerous waters I think. … I think I'm pretty loving, but what I do know is that you have to let them talk and you have to listen. I hope that when they're 15, they're still talking as freely to us as now."

3 Madonna

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In a 2005 interview with the British magazine Harpers & Queen, the icon that she runs a tight ship: "My kids don't watch TV . . . TV is trash," she said. "I was raised without it. I didn't miss anything. TV is poison. No one even talks about it around here. We have televisions, but they're not hooked up to anything but movies. We don't have magazines or newspapers in the house, either." 

4 Julie Bowen

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It turns out, playing a mom on Modern Family taught Julie Bowen a thing or two about being one in real life to her three kids with Scott Phillips. Namely, "being your kids' best friend is not always the best parenting choice," the actress told . "It's not about everybody being happy all the time. It's about setting limits. In my house that makes my kids very unhappy, like tantrums-on-the-ground-twice-a-day unhappy. But the limits are set."

5 Barack and Michelle Obama

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Even while running the country, the former POTUS and FLOTUS managed to monitor Sasha and Malia's screen time. "We have rules about it," Michelle said to . "The girls have limited television and screen time—none during the week unless it's school-related, because now kids are doing these ... video-chat study groups. And when they're doing that, I always go in their room to make sure they're actually talking about school."

6 Victoria and David Beckham

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Being raised in the spotlight doesn't mean the four Beckham kids have no rules. "We've always been strict with the children," Victoria explained to . "They have great manners. They always say 'please' and 'thank you,' and I think that's very important … At the same time, they're still fun. They still run around the house and they're crazy and they're singing and they're dancing and they're kicking footballs around, which I don't allow them to do but that seems to be the one area that I can't discipline them in," she laughs. "They will not stop playing football in the house."

7 Candace Cameron Bure

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The Fuller House star was criticized when she shared in a article that she and her husband use spanking as punishment. "I'm not afraid to admit it: We do spank our children. We get much of our parenting information from the Bible—that's my heart source. There are several passages that refer to disciplining your child." Kate Gosselin has for her decision to spank.

8 Jessica Alba

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Time outs aren't just for us regular folks. "My kids are constantly snatching things out of the other one's hand," Jessica Alba told . "So now it's, 'Stand in the corner and put your nose against the wall!' My 2-year-old can last 15 seconds before she's like, 'Okay, I'm done!' and then I'm like, 'Wait, it's not up to you!' My 5-year-old can go for some time, like a minute or two." 

9 Gwyneth Paltrow


Unlike the title of her latest cookbook, it's not all easy for Gwyneth Paltrow's kids, Apple and Moses. The actress and lifestyle guru enforces a strict low-carb, gluten-free diet for the whole fam. "Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across ... seems to concur that [gluten] is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it," excerpted from her cookbook, It's All Good. "Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread, or processed grains like white rice, we're left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs."

10 Denzel Washington


The Academy Award-winning actor the effects of his and his wife, Pauletta's disciplinary style like this: "They really say, 'Yes, Sir' or 'No, Sir' or 'Yes, Ma'am' or 'No, Ma'am.' You know, I put my foot in their behind if they act wrong, and they know it. So, it's not that complicated."

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