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Favourite and funny celebrity parenting tips

Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Matt Damon! Check out these smart, curious and hilarious parenting tips and strategies from the stars.

By Haley Overland

Favourite and funny celebrity parenting tips

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Favourite and funny celebrity parenting tips

Talk to your kids now and then

"For me, talk to your children, at least once a week," dad of three Will Ferrell jokes. "If you've got time, do it two or three times a week. But otherwise, I find the times where I let weeks and weeks go by without talking to my children, that adds up." Ha!

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Make funny faces

"Always remember your kid’s name," mom of two Amy Poehler advises. "Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers… for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces."

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Enjoy early bird specials

"We do not call it 'date night,'" Mom of two Melissa McCarthy says. "That's too much pressure. But at least once a week, we'll go to dinner, at like five o'clock, so we can get home and put the girls to bed. It's important for us to spend time together away from the kids, to reconnect. Otherwise, we are just texting each other grocery lists — 'Don't forget the raisins' — and adding, 'Oh, I love you, BTW' at the end."

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Embrace the weirdness

"You just want them to be little fun weirdos and nerds for as long as possible,” Mom of two Tina Fey advised new dad Jimmy Fallon. 
 
And for new moms, Tina offers this: "The advice I always try to give for a mom is... Whatever you do breastfeeding-wise — great. Great. Whatever."

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Ditch the mom guilt

“My piece of advice would be: As a caring mom, you are enough for them," Mom of one Hilary Duff told us in a recent interview. "Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. When one thing goes wrong, don’t beat yourself up! It’s a mommy skill.” 

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No cell phones allowed

"I'm not raising the children, I'm raising the grown-ups that they're going to be," dad of two, actor Louis C.K. tells Conan O'Brien. “I think these things [cell] are toxic, especially for kids. They don’t look at people when they talk to them and they don’t build empathy."

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Put the phone down

"I try really hard to put my phone down," says mom of three Jennifer Garner, "[ever] my daughter [Violet] pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, 'I've got an e-mail — hang on one second.'"

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Get out of the way... unless there's poop

"I’ll give you some baby advice," Channing Tatum tells Extra‘s A.J. Calloway. "You’re not going to do anything for the first six months. You’re just like, ‘Can I have the baby at some point today?’ You’re never going to be so excited when something poos."

"Those first few months… it’s just ridiculous," he says. "All I can really do is just sit there and change diapers . . . and get them food. Whatever they want." 

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Routine, routine, routine!

"To me, parenting is about consistency, among other things, and routine," Mom of two Kate Winslet says. "Children love routine. They like to know when they're going to have lunch, and in what order things will happen during their day."

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Whatever it takes...

"I admit there's times like, 'We gotta get up. Get up!'" dad of six Brad Pitt confesses. "'Here's your shoes. Here's your shoes. Drink this Coke. Drink this Coca-Cola. Drink it all. Right now! Drink it! Drink it! Drink it!' Just so we could get 'em up and going."

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Eat YOUR broccoli

“I cook pasta with butter and steam broccoli,” Dad of four Matt Damon shares. “It’s all about getting enough healthy food in front of them every three hours.”

“It’s all about starting early,” he adds. “My wife [Luciana] and I introduced it to them at a very young age and they just don’t know any different. Luckily, I found out all three of my youngest girls love broccoli. There are times where I can’t get them to eat protein or a little piece of fish because they are going crazy over the broccoli. Sometimes they’re the ones bribing me to eat more of my vegetables.”

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Set limits (prepare for tantrums)

"Being your kids’ best friend is not always the best parenting choice," Modern Family star and mom of three, Julie Bowen, says. "It’s not about everybody being happy all the time."

"It’s about setting limits," she explains. “In my house that makes my kids very unhappy, like tantrums-on-the-ground-twice-a-day unhappy. But the limits are set."

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Bring in Elton John

In an open letter to new mom Kate Middleton, reality star Snooki offers this gem:

"The lack of sleep you will get used to — just do your makeup, put a tiara on, and you'll look beautiful as usual. Be sure to sing to your baby a lot, too! When I sing to my booger, he calms down and stares at me like he's in love, which makes me feel amazing — or he's just trying to tell me to shut the hell up because I can't sing.

"Anyway, music calms them down. I'm pretty sure you can have anyone you want over to sing to your little one … maybe a lullaby from Elton John?"

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This article was originally published on Jan 17, 2014
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