Writing the Book on Parenthood: Celebrities Know Best
Have you ever met a parenting challenge and said to yourself, “Gee, I wish I could get some parenting advice from a celebrity?”
I didn't think so.
Celebrities have been baring their souls in memoir form for decades — probably to add “author” to their list of achievements — and one of the favorite topics amongst the famous crowd is parenting. Because you know, celebrities can do anything better than we can, including raise kiddos.
Check out what some celebrities have to say about pregnancy, parenting, and more from their own books.
Actress, television personality, and controversial autism crusader Jenny McCarthy has documented her pregnancy and first few years of motherhood with a handful of books. Her first, Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth, was a New York Times best seller, documented the discomforting and humiliating aspects of pregnancy in her signature over-the-top way. Since then, she's published other books, including the follow-up Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, and Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of life.
“You know that second before you throw up where your mouth gets really watery and you start to sweat and you do that horrible run to the bathroom hoping to just get it out so you don't have to feel that anymore? That was me … ALL DAY.” — Excerpt from Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth
Alicia Silverstone thinks she knows a thing or two about natural parenting, but may have gotten more than she bargained for when she published The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning. In the book, Silverstone presents ideas for women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and the first months of their baby's life, using natural comforting methods, nutrient-rich food, and learning to trust your maternal instincts. All this from the star of Clueless.
“Whatever happened to starting with sweet baby-making love, enjoying 9 months of glowing fertility-goddess joy, then giving birth with confidence and raising a baby with clarity? Well, listen up ladies: It can be that way.” — Excerpt from The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning
After Jessica Alba brought two beautiful girls into the world, she was frustrated by the lack of information about healthy, clean living — she must not have had access to the Internet — and decided to write her own book. The Honest Life discusses Jessica Alba's tips for living a fun, healthy life, and includes family-friendly recipes, nontoxic cleaning choices, decor tips, and an eco-friendly beauty routine. She even started her own company, The Honest Company, that sells eco-friendly diapers, bath products, and more.
“I decided to write this book because I was sick of being told that ‘healthy,' ‘safe,' and ‘eco' means ‘boring,' ‘beige,' and ‘blah' — not to mention, crazy expensive and hard to find.” — Excerpt from The Honest Life
Hundreds of thousands of women experience the pain of postpartum depression, and being in the white-hot spotlight of Hollywood doesn't make celebrities the exception. Brooke Shields wrote Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression to document her experience and how she was able to overcome it with therapy, medication, and time.
“Without this bodily fluid, the ‘little spermies,' as one of the nurses affectionately called them, couldn't swim upstream. I said, ‘No wonder it hasn't been working — not only is the door closed, but the poor guys have been jumping into a pool with no water!'” — Excerpt from Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
Tell us what you think: Which celebrity would you take advice from?