Celebrity Par­ents Are Like Us— Just Ask Their Nanny

Parents (USA) - - Let’s Get Real - —Sab­rina James

Con­nie Simp­son, af­fec­tion­ately known as Nanny Con­nie, has spent the past 30 years help­ing fam­i­lies, most re­cently Hol­ly­wood ma­mas and pa­pas. Now she’s writ­ten a book ti­tled The Nanny Con­nie Way: Se­crets to Mas­ter­ing the First Four Months of Par­ent­hood, and we called her up for some real talk about par­ent­hood.

Even A-lis­ters have to learn to tame tantrums.

“When Jes­sica Biel’s son, Si­las, would test lim­its with her, we started teach­ing him about con­se­quences. Ev­ery time he’d throw a toy across the room, I told her to take it away. She was sup­posed to put the toy up high but where he could see it. It was hard on her at first, but when she fi­nally got what she was look­ing for—a 3-year-old who was re­spect­ing his toys more—she was all in.”

Dads with ev­ery­thing can still get psyched over low-tech toys. “Ge­orge Clooney and I are both from the same era, when a card­board box could be more fun than the toy in­side it. When his twins came home, an abun­dance of dif­fer­ent-size boxes filled the foyer. This would spark con­ver­sa­tion with Ge­orge over the many space­ships, sleds, boats, and club­houses they could be turned into. Af­ter our laugh­ter sub­sided, you could see how he couldn’t wait for his kids to reach the age when he could play with them in that way.”

All th­ese fa­mous par­ents want is what they had grow­ing up. “Only a few of my clients had par­ents who were celebri­ties. Most of them grew up as ‘nor­mal’ kids go­ing to school with friends. That’s what they want for their kids.”

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