12 celeb couples who are #parenting goals [Photo Gallery]

Think stardom is at odds with being a good parent? These celeb parents prove you wrong…

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Celebrity marriages are known for many things ― dramaconspicuous consumptioncheating ― but longevity isn’t one of them. It’s more common to hear descriptions like “conscious uncoupling” and “irreconcilable differences”.

 

Indeed, living and partying hard aren’t exactly poster girl or boy material for effective parenting. And often, it’s the children who suffer.

 

That said, there are celebs who are slaying the parenting game. We’ve rounded up stellar examples of power couples whose child-raising smarts will win you over!

 

Swipe through our gallery to find out who they are…

1. Philip Chionh and Zoe Tay

PARENTS TO Nathan, 6, Ashton, 9 and Brayden, 12

Thanks to the positive validation kiddos get from their peers on social media, millennials these days have no clue what delayed gratification is unless you subscibe to Zoe’s parenting philosophy. Speaking to 8 DAYS, the queen of Caldecott Hill stated that she and hubby Philip came up with a point-system to teach their three sons — Nathan, 6 , Ashton, 9, and Brayden, 12 — that they have to work to “earn” things. “They get a point if they do something good, and when they reach 100 points, they get to choose something they like, preferably a book. The brothers will do things for one another to earn points, and I see them bonding more.” The Mediacorp star also doesn’t believe in sparing the rod either. “I believe in caning, as I think it’s bad not to punish naughty children. But it’s really the last resort. It’s heartbreaking when I cane them. When my husband canes them, it’s worse — I actually cry.” (Photo: Ng Eng Hen/Facebook)

2. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

PARENTS TO Dimitri Portwood, 9 months, and Wyatt Isabelle, 2.

Both Ashton and Mila chose not to have a nanny when their firstborn, daughter Wyatt, was born even though many of us need additional help to care for bubba and hold down a full-time job. In an interview with talk show host Ellen Degeneres, the actor notes, “We want to be the people that know what to do when the baby’s crying to make the baby not cry anymore…we want to be emotionally in touch with her and I think the only way to do that is by being the one who’s there.” The hands-on dad, who doesn’t mind being on permanent diaper duty, wants diaper changing rooms in male toilets as well. This way, his daughter will be able to grow up in a non-sexist world. “I would like my daughter to experience a world where gender doesn’t dictate one’s responsibility or limit one’s opportunity.” Mila has also vowed that their kids not become spoilt brats. The actress jokes in a radio show podcast, “It’s a matter of teaching them from a very early age that, you know, ‘Mummy and Daddy may have a dollar, but you’re poor.” (Photo: Ashton Krutcher/Facebook)

3. Carey Hart and P!nk

PARENTS TO Jameson Moon, 8 months, and Willow Sage, 6

We’re still reeling from the truth bomb P!nk ― real name Alecia Beth Moor ― dropped at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in August. In her acceptance speech for receiving the Video Vanguard Award, the singer shares a heartbreaking anecdote about her daughter, Willow saying she’s the ugliest girl because she “looks like a boy” — a comment P!nk knows only too well. “When people make fun of me, that's what they use. They say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong.” Then, the pop artiste turns to her little girl and adds, “We don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change, so they can see more kinds of beauty.” All we can say is #micdrop. (Photo: P!nk/Instagram)

4. Gurmit Singh and Melissa Wong

PARENTS TO Mikaela, 4, Elliot, 15 and Gabrielle, 19

It’s no laughing matter to walk away from a comfortable career and be a family man. But Singapore’s funny man Gurmit Singh did something many of us wouldn’t dare to. The popular host told SmartParents that he decided together with his wife Melissa that their children should have a childhood. “Nowadays, tutors are brought in, so your child can get 90 per cent. Melissa and I refuse to jump on that bandwagon… We are happy as long as [the children] pass [their exams].” Walking away from his career as a celeb also meant downsizing — the whole family moved out of a house to a condo, he also traded his Lamborghini for a 7-seater MPV. Yet, Gurmit’s wife, Melissa was all for taking the dive with him. “She said, ‘Both of us didn’t come from a very well-to-do family. If it means spending more time with you, go for it, I’m not scared to go back there’.” The comedian-turned-author also notes even though he was spanked with a feather duster as a kid, he and Melissa won’t discipline their kids the same way. (Photo: Gurmit Singh)

5. Cash Warren and Jessica Alba

PARENTS TO Haven Garner, 6 and Honor Marie, 9, with another baby on the way

For Fantastic Four alum Jessica Alba, it’s basic values like being in touch with your cultural roots that matters the most for her kiddos. The Mexican head honcho at her own beauty and wellness company, The Honest Company, says knowing their mother tongue will help her daughters thrive in a connected world. “They are going to be global citizens and will need to understand many languages, including Spanish, to make a difference in the world.” Jessica is also going one step further to prep her kids for an anxiety-free life. She notes in an interview with Parenting website, “When the paparazzi follow us, and [my daughter, Honor] asks me what they’re doing, I tell her ‘They’re just taking pictures. Isn’t that silly?’ I don’t want her to have anxiety, so I tell her they do that to everyone, not just our family.” Her husband Cash is also determined that his girls not be limited to doing gender-specific stuff. He tells Parents website, “We absolutely allow them to be whoever they are. We have Honor in jiu-jitsu. We don’t do any kind of gender-specific stuff in our house.” His advice on being a better dad? “I would say with newborns change every diaper that you can because it’s a little that goes a long way.” (Photo: Jessica Alba/Instagram)

6. David and Victoria Beckham

PARENTS TO Harper, 6, Cruz, 12, Romeo, 15, and Brooklyn, 18.

Instead of making sure his offspring follow in his British football legend footsteps, David and Victoria are raising their kiddos with varying skills. The couple’s firstborn, Brooklyn, has a deep interest in photography, setting up several Instagram accounts to showcase his work. Romeo, their second son, made his modelling debut for high-fashion brand Burberry at the tender age of 11. Cruz, the youngest son, seem to be following his mother’s — who was Posh Spice — footsteps. Budding singer Cruz wowed the world with his rendition of “Cups”, the theme song for the Pitch Perfect film series, which the proud papa posted on his Instagram page. The couple’s youngest child, daughter Harper, seems to have mummy’s mama’s fashion flair, too, and has shown a passion for styling her own apparel. (Photo: David Beckham/Instagram and Victoria Beckham/Instagram)

7. Edmund Chen and Xiang Yun

PARENTS TO Yi Xin, 17, and Yi Xi, 26

It’s not easy being the child of a celebrity couple ― just ask Chen Yi Xin. The daughter of Mediacorp artiste Xiang Yun and local actor Edmund Chen notes that she and her brother, Yi Xi, always felt the pressure to be on their best behaviour and look presentable whenever they’re out in public. The Singapore Polytechnic student also had to put up with haters who claimed that she had scored front-row seats to dance performances, thanks to her celeb connections. While it would have been easy to go to an international school where she wouldn’t be recognised, Yi Xin’s parents told her that she’d have to face haterseverywhere. Yi Xin tells 8 DAYS, “They told me that as long as I stay true to myself, people will like me for who I am. I think that their advice worked ’cos I became a lot more independent after that.” The Chen siblings get kudos for being so close to their celeb parents ― just look at the countless wefies with their folks they’ve posted! (Photo: Chen Yi Xi/Instagram)

8. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

PARENTS TO Silas Randall, 2

Though some of you may have dreams that your mini-me will someday grow up to be “just like you”, Jessica hopes this won’t happen to her son. The actress told an Australian media agency that she hopes her son Silas Randall, 2, doesn’t grow up to be a musician like daddy, an ’N Sync alum. “I already have this image of [Silas] as a struggling musician and that’s like, ‘Oh my God! As a mum, you think 30 years into the future and you’re like, ‘How do I fix this for him?” Hubby Justin took years of sweat and tears to succeed as a soloist. Jessica notes, “This is from someone who makes great music; he tours and makes it look very easy, but he’s been working for years and years and years to get to where he is.” By the way, Silas is the daddy’s muse. In a feature in The Hollywood Reporter feature, Justin proudly declares that his tot already knows the words of Oscar-nominated Trolls song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by heart. “Watching him jump around to ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ starting to learn words because of that song — it’s the best thing in the world, I’d never have written [the song] if it weren’t for him.” (Photo: Justin Timberlake/Instagram)

9. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

PARENTS TO Ines, 11 months, and James, 2

Hands-on hubs Ryan bucks the trend of mothers bearing the brunt of newborn babycare duties. The Deadpool actor actually volunteered to do the dirty work when the couple’s daughter, James, was born. He tells the Today show, “I love getting up in the middle of the night, I’m fine with that, you know, all that stuff.” Incidentally, the Hollywood actor’s hilarious tweets about the trials of fatherhood will leave you in stitches. “No matter which kids’ book I read to my screaming baby on an airplane, the moral of the story is always something about a vasectomy.” (Photos: Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds/Instagram)

10. Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh

PARENTS TO Baby Qi didi, 4 months, and Baby Qi, 2

If you can’t decide whether to post pictures of your mini-me online, you might want to take a leaf  from Joanne’s parenting book. The Mediacorp princess has fiercely guarded Baby Qi’s privacy and kept her away from the spotlight since she arrived in 2014. In a Toggle interview, the actress states, “I want to give her the chance to decide if she wants to participate in social media. I tend to have this fear of people knowing too much.” Joanne also believes in leading by example. In her SmartParents interview, the star revealed that she’s putting her SkillsFuture credits to good use by picking up Japanese and sewing while caring for Baby Qi, 2. “I hope to set an example for my daughter to be fearless when it comes to learning and that you’re never too young or too old to do so.” (Photo: Joanne Peh)

11. Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith

PARENTS TO Willow, 16, Jaden, 19, and Trey, 24

If you’re short of parenting wisdom, look to the Smiths. In a recent Tonight Show interview, Will revealed that they use a parenting technique called the ‘circle of safety”. When his kids were little, the couple created a circle where they could tell them anything without getting into trouble. This included any bad thing they did. Will explains, “The rule is if we find out after the circle of safety that there was something you didn't say, there was hell to pay.” Perhaps, one other thing the Hollywood couple is best known for is giving their children total freedom of expression. This has paid off bigtime for Jaden who became the first male to front a high-fashion women’s wear publicity campaign. In the Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2016 ad campaign, the young man strutted his stuff in a gender-bending tasselled fishnet vest and skirt! (Will Smith/Facebook and Jaden Smith/Instagram)

12. Zheng Geping and Hong Huifang

PARENTS TO Calvert, 17, and Tay Ying, 21

Strapping good looks aren’t the only thing Calvert Tay, has inherited from his dad — Mediacorp actor and resident “hunkle”, Zheng Geping. Calvert has also got dad’s acting talent, too. The Starlist Management artiste tells 8 DAYS that his parents supported his decision to join showbiz. “They told me that if I want to chase this dream, I have to do it when I’m young, so I’ll have no regrets.” And if it’s anything to go by, Calvert has also acquired his parent’s work ethic. The actor says he stands ready to put in the hard work that’s required to make it big in the entertainment industry. “[My parents] told me that this industry is very tough. I’ve seen them work very hard since I was young, so I know what I’m in for.” Daughter Tay Ying, a talented YouTuber popular for her makeup tutorials and travel videos, has also been signed to blog advertising agency, Nuffnang. (Calvert Tay/Instagram)