Celebrities have been coming under fire recently for speaking out about the way they raise their children. Some see the parenting techniques celebrities are using as odd at best, and dangerous at worst.
Other parents are grateful to have high-profile people bringing light to parenting practices that may not yet be common in the U.S., but have been successful for years in other cultures across the world.
Check out these three parenting trends that seem to have society divided.
Not Bathing Every Day
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher spoke to Dax Shepherd and Kristin Bell about how they don’t personally shower every day, and they don’t bathe their kids every day. This sparked backlash from listeners who apparently bathe themselves and their children every day; these folks are in shock that these famous, wealthy celebrities don’t do the same.
Some even accused Mila, Ashton, Dax, and Kristin of child neglect. Others defended the celebs’ decision, saying they also don’t find it necessary to wash your entire body from top to bottom every single day.
Bell spoke to Daily Blast Live this week to explain her and Dax’s parenting choices further:
“It’s not so much of a joke that I wait for the stink. That tells you when they need to bathe. This is the other thing… California has been in a drought forever. It’s just, like, responsibility for your environment. We don’t have a ton of water, so when I shower, I’ll grab the girls and push them in there with me so we all use the same shower water. I don’t know. It just happens whenever it happens, I guess.”
This seems to have the culture split even though many of us thought we were all on the same page when it comes to bathing. However, it’s becoming very clear that there are a lot of people who think it’s gross not to bathe every day and a lot of people who think it’s silly to do so.
Maybe we should all just go back to keeping our bathing habits to ourselves–this fight will never have a winner.
Coco Austin is the wife of Ice-T. Recently, Coco let it slip online that she still breastfeeds her and Ice’s daughter, Chanel, who is now five-and-a-half years old. Coco didn’t expect the backlash she would receive for admitting that her daughter is still breastfeeding, so she spoke to E! about the controversy through Zoom. Chanel was by her mom’s side for the entire interview.
Coco has said that she will not stop breastfeeding until Chanel tells her that she’s done.
“I feel like [breastfeeding] is a great bonding experience between her and I,” she told E! while holding Chanel in her lap. She then asks her daughter, “Do you love the boob?”
Chanel enthusiastically responds, “Yeah!”
“She’s my only child; it’s not like I have a big family of kids,” Coco continues. “I’m savoring every moment with this child…I thought I would stop [breastfeeding] around one. But then, I loved it too much, and I was like, I feel like I’m wanted. Like, she wants me, you know? I think a lot of mothers would understand.”
Co-sleeping is the practice of parents sharing a bed with their children. Many cultures across the world co-sleep without thinking twice about it, but Western cultures tend to hesitate. In the U.S., many of us are raised to sleep in our own beds and own rooms starting at a young age.
Here in the U.S., baby nurseries where kids will have a space entirely to themselves are usually put together months before the babies are even born. But in places like the Philippines, Japan, and Latin America, for example, sleeping as a family is a common part of life for many citizens.
Celebrities who have said they like to co-sleep with their kids and partners include Kourtney Kardashian, Angelina Jolie Tori Spelling, Tia Mowry, Alanis Morissette, Heidi Klum, Gwen Stefani, and Alicia Silverstone.
Many people fear that sleeping too close to their baby is dangerous or unhealthy. However, there are countless studies that explain the benefits of co-sleeping. Research has shown that co-sleeping can promote bonding, facilitate breastfeeding, and even enable parents to get more sleep than they would if the children were further away.
Precautions must be taken before deciding to co-sleep with one’s children, as infants especially are susceptible to suffocation if the bed is not set up properly for them. However, the practice is not inherently dangerous.
There is no single, “correct” way to raise a child, and parents will always disagree over the best ways to care for a baby. It all comes down to the parents’ own comfort and preferences.
What do you think about these celebrity parenting trends–are these celebs doing too much, or is this the way of the future for our culture?