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I Got It From My Mama! Celebrities Share Their Best-Kept Parenting Advice

May 1 2014 - 1:21pm

Over the years, we've come to love celebrity moms and the support they offer. Through our interview series, Four Questions About Motherhood [1], we've quickly learned the root of their wisdom — their mothers! Answering the question "what's the best trick your mama taught you?" every response is filled with genuine advice that is endearing, sweet, and often comical. In honor of Mother's Day [2], we've rounded up these celebs' best-kept secrets from stars like Jessica Alba [3] and Debra Messing [4]. We're loving the honesty, and so will you!

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor [5] says the best trick her mama taught her is [6] . . .

"Don't take any nonsense!"

Laila Ali

Laila Ali jokes the best trick her mama taught her is [7] . . .

"She didn't teach me enough. (Laughs) I don't know any tricks!"

Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye believes the best trick her mama taught her is [8] . . .

"To believe in myself. And I could do anything I could set my mind to."

Rosie Pope

Rosie Pope opens up, saying the best trick her mama taught her is [9] . . .

"How to entertain."

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan says the best trick her grandma (in this case) taught her is [10] . . .

"I’m just starting to do the things that, as a kid, you’re like, 'Ah, don’t do that!' I keep telling my daughter that I will stop doing them as soon as she asks. Like last night, at the restaurant — this is what my grandma always used to do — I took the cloth napkin, I dipped it in the water glass, and I wiped her face. I was like, 'I am my grandma right now!'"

Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth believes the best trick her mama taught her is [11] . . .

"It doesn't matter if the dishes are clean. It just matters that my kids are happy."

Jewel

Jewel shares that the best trick her mama taught her is [12] . . .

"Swaddling is the best way to soothe. We were big fans of Dr. Harvey Karp's The Happiest Baby on the Block. We swaddled Kase for as long as we possibly could."

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba [13] says the best trick her mama taught her is [14] . . .

"My mom taught me to always put the new diaper underneath the bum as I'm changing the old one, so the new one is already halfway there and ready to go! It makes it very, very quick."

Source: Instagram user jessicaalba [15]

Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete explains that the best trick her mama taught her is [16] . . .

"She taught me how to change diapers one-handed. So I could actually change two diapers at one time with one hand when I had my twins."

Debra Messing

Debra Messing [17] says the best trick her mama taught her is [18] . . .

"That singing Broadway musicals are a really great distraction from temper tantrums."

Source: Instagram user therealdebramessing [19]


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