Eat dinner together, practise active listening and bring the iPad EVERYWHERE: Celebrity mums and dads' top tips for blissful parenting

Parenting advice ranges from the controversial to the bizarre but all mums and dads will admit they have their own quirks when it comes to caring for their kids.

From the TV host who swears by a cartoon pig to the First Lady who relies on family traditions, we reveal the weird and wonderful parenting hacks of the stars. 

There is certainly no magic button when it comes to parenting however there are ways to make your life easier. Here we reveal celebrities' top advice for parental bliss

There is certainly no magic button when it comes to parenting however there are ways to make your life easier. Here we reveal celebrities' top advice for parental bliss

GIVE EVERYBODY CHORES WITH A REWARD

It is one of the more tricky tasks of parenting - trying to convince an unruly child to tidy their room.

But the Beckhams claim that by giving your children a small incentive to tidy their room or do the dishes you can make the job a whole lot easier.

David and Victoria Beckham encourage their four children to get on with boring household chores by giving them a reward in return. Pictured: David with sons (left to right) Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo

David and Victoria Beckham encourage their four children to get on with boring household chores by giving them a reward in return. Pictured: David with sons (left to right) Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo

Speaking to Newsround last year David Beckham revealed that their four children have to perform their household tasks if they want any pocket money.

The former footballer said: 'They have their chores: putting their plates in the dishwasher, making their beds in the morning. If they don't do it, they don't get their pocket money. We are both pretty strict - we were brought up like that.'

HOLLY WILLOUGHBY'S DEVOTION TO PEPPA PIG

It's no secret that Peppa Pig has been a saviour to mums across the UK. In fact the cartoon piglet has even succeeded where Cheryl Cole has not, managing to crack America with the programme having a seven-day-a-week status on American kids' TV.

Holly Willoughby described the cartoon Peppa Pig as a life saver for entertaining her children

Holly Willoughby described the cartoon Peppa Pig as a life saver for entertaining her children

For those who haven't yet been initiated into Peppa Pig - you can find back-to-back episodes on Sky Q

For those who haven't yet been initiated into Peppa Pig - you can find back-to-back episodes on Sky Q

It should therefore come as no surprise that several celebrity mothers have also pledged their allegiance to Peppa Pig.

This Morning host and mother-of-three Holly Willoughby has previously gushed about Peppa Pig having tweeted to say that she thinks the show rocks. 

In an interview with the Radio Times, the daytime TV star also said that she thought the show was a 'lifesaver' when it comes to entertaining her kids.

For those who have not yet been initiated into the Peppa Pig cult - back-to-back episodes are available on Sky Q, the satellite provider's best ever box available now.

And with the Sky Q app your little ones can enjoy their favourite pink heroine wherever you are - from long car journeys to rainy days at grandmas. You can download programmes and take them out and about with you to watch offline.

As Holly quite rightly puts it, a lifesaver. 

And it's not just that - Sky Q has numerous features that parents will love.

Never have an argument over which programme to watch again- Sky Q lets you record four shows whilst watching a fifth, and store over 1000 hours of TV so you don't have to worry about clashes, and deleting your (or the littles ones) favorite shows. And with wireless multiscreen, you can access what’s on your main box, even your recordings in any room on any TV or device.

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  • Store over 1000 hours of TV with Sky Q which is is way more than before.
  • With Sky Q you can record four shows whilst you watch a fifth so clashes are a thing of the past
  • Access what's on your main box in any room, even your recordings with Sky Q
  • Sky Q mini boxes don't connect to you dish so you can enjoy TV around your home without drilling holes and extra cables.

Find out more here. 

TRY PRINCE WILLIAM'S ACTIVE LISTENING

One of the main reasons that toddlers kick off in public is if they feel that they are being misunderstood by their parents.

This is easily done when a child a quarter of your height is mumbling inaudible demands at your ankles.

Prince William can often be seen crouching down to speak to his eldest child Prince George. Pictured: The father and son during the Obamas' visit this year

Prince William can often be seen crouching down to speak to his eldest child Prince George. Pictured: The father and son during the Obamas' visit this year

This is known as active listening and can help encourage children to communicate. Pictured the royal family at Princess Charlotte's christening 

This is known as active listening and can help encourage children to communicate. Pictured the royal family at Princess Charlotte's christening 

But it seems that when it comes to understanding your child it is best to give them the royal treatment.

Looking at photos of Prince William and his eldest child George you will see that he spends a great deal of time crouching down to his level - something that he was scolded for by the Queen during the Trooping of the Colour.

Experts describe this as active listening. Child development expert Gill Connel says that the Duke of Cambridge's gesture can 'foster self-esteem in powerful ways while encouraging his children to communicate even more.'

ROPE IN THE PARENTS!

There's no question that plenty of celebrities have more than just a helping hand when it comes to their childcare regimes.

Blake Lively (pictured with husband Ryan Reynolds) says that she often enlists her parents to help out with childcare

Blake Lively (pictured with husband Ryan Reynolds) says that she often enlists her parents to help out with childcare

However, not all A-listers hire a pricey Norland nanny in order to juggle their busy careers with parenting.

Blake Lively admitted earlier this year that she often turns to her own mum and dad for help with her daughter James.  

'My parents are pretty much the nannies! They are the best baby nurses you could pray for. They raised five kids so they know what they are doing,' she told NY Magazine.

GOOGLE IT

How many times have you turned to Google to solve a problem? Whether it's locating your nearest car park or diagnosing an illness the search engine has proved a godsend in the modern age.

Reese Witherspoon says that she often turns to search engine Google for parenting advice

Reese Witherspoon says that she often turns to search engine Google for parenting advice

But would you ever turn to a search engine for parenting advice? One Hollywood starlet has recommended it if you want to improve your parenting.

Mother-of-three Reese Witherspoon told the Cricket's Circle: 'No one feels 100 per cent confident as a parent. We are all just trying our best.

'As long as you are always trying to be better at it—reading parenting blogs in the bath, swapping stories with other moms during a yoga class, Googling how to talk about puberty with your preteen—you are doing a good job.'

There you have it, you officially have the go-ahead to cheat! 

USE A FAN TO HELP THEM SLEEP

There is nothing worse than when a baby refuses to sleep but one actress believes she has the answer when heat is the cause.

Katherine Heigl reveals that she uses a standing fan in order to help her two daughters sleep.

Katherine Heigl reveals that she uses a standing fan in order to help her two daughters sleep

Katherine Heigl reveals that she uses a standing fan in order to help her two daughters sleep

She told People: 'We put it on high wattage to drown out everything. Her bedroom is right over the kitchen and living room area so you can really hear us down there when we are watching TV. 

'My mother taught me that. She said she used to leave a vacuum running in the baby's room and it really works.' 

EAT TOGETHER 

When it comes to meal times you won't find many families who sit down to eat together each night.

Finding the time to enjoy meals together can be tricky but First Lady Michelle Obama says it is integral to family life.

Michelle Obama (pictured with two daughters Sasha and Malia) says that her family eat together every night to encourage a stronger family connection

Michelle Obama (pictured with two daughters Sasha and Malia) says that her family eat together every night to encourage a stronger family connection

She explained to Cooking Light magazine: 'Family dinners are a tradition we've instituted at the White House, and it has made a huge difference. No matter what else is happening. at 6:30 we stop everything and eat together. 

'We use those dinners to connect with out girls, have conversations and just spend quality time together as a family.' 

If the First Lady of the United States can find time to do it, you have no excuse.

BE ACCIDENT READY

All parents will agree that taking care of a child can be a messy task but nothing is worse than being faced with a spillage on your outfit when out in public.

Jessica Alba (pictured with daughter Honor in 2010) says that she carries a scarf with her to cover up any stains caused by her children 

Jessica Alba (pictured with daughter Honor in 2010) says that she carries a scarf with her to cover up any stains caused by her children 

Actress Jessica Alba recommends coming prepared with a fashionable cover up to be prepared.

The mother-of-two told US Magazine:  'I wear scarves, mostly because it's an accessory that can dress up an outfit. But it's also because if my baby has an accident I can cover that accident up.'

DITCH THE PHONE

The smartphone has undoubtedly become the focus of our lives, with many of us finding it difficult to go even a few minutes without checking our devices.

A study by the University of Derby last year showed that the average adult spends up to 3.5 hours a day on their phone.

Jennifer Garner says that she actively avoids spending too much time on her smartphone as she's aware that it has an influence on her daughter

Jennifer Garner says that she actively avoids spending too much time on her smartphone as she's aware that it has an influence on her daughter

But could favouring your mobile mean that you're neglecting your children? 

Actress Jennifer Garner says that she's wary of putting her phone away around her children after noticing her behaviour was influencing her daughter. 

The mother-of-three said: 'I try really hard to put my phone down (ever since) my daughter pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, "I've got an email – hang on one second."' 

DEVELOP A ROUTINE

With jobs, school and social activities constantly presenting themselves, it can be quite the task to develop a regular routine with your children.

Kate Winslet says that it is important to develop a routine with your children 

Kate Winslet says that it is important to develop a routine with your children 

However, actress Kate Winslet says that it is key in a child's life as it helps to reduce stress and make them more cooperative. 

The mother-of-three explains:  'To me, parenting is about consistency, among other things, and 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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