Despite the fact they've been walking upright for over two years, Sarah Jessica Parker is still pushing her twin girls to school in a stroller. With the help of a nanny, the actress covering Elle magazine's 9th annual Women In Hollywood issue was snapped on the streets of Manhattan yesterday with her almost 3 1/2 year old girls being wheeled like pampered princesses.
As one blogger joked, "The kids are a bit lazy so Jess has to bring the strollers and an extra person to push... eh... right. How old are your children again?! They have legs you know?"
Though little Marion and Tabitha would admittedly make slow walking companions, the whole idea of living in the city and walking places seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, especially given the nation's current obsession with youth fitness.
But the "Sex and the City" star is not the only celebrity mom who has raised some eyebrows for her parenting choices. When Gwyneth Paltrow crosses the channel, she stocks up on French cartoons for her kids, along with the finest cheese, wines, soaps and other celebrity staples.
"When I'm in France, I go to Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons," the sophisticated American ex pat told InStyle magazine.
The "Avengers" actress, who lives in London with her husband and two children, said she only allows Apple and Moses to watch TV shows that are in Spanish or French. Some people believe that children have the capacity to soak up foreign languages more easily before the age of 12, so there could be some method to Gwyneth's madness -- but would watching an occasional episode of "Scooby-Doo" in English be so terrible?
Married to Cold Play rocker Chris Martin, the GOOP blogger has taken a lot of guff over the years for what some view as extreme parenting obsessions. Upon finding a container of processed soup on a movie set, for instance, the healthy eating guru wailed, "I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-A-Soup." Of course, that would mean her children would grow up as semi-orphans, but at least they wouldn't have to ingest salty soup.
Alicia Silverstone caught some flack after posting a video of her controversial feeding technique last spring. As part of her son Bear's weaning process, the "Clueless" actress pre-chewed his food and encouraged him to eat the mashed up edibles straight from her mouth. "It's just a way to introduce him to food when he doesn't have teeth (and can't) chew," she explained to ET.
After her divorce, Madonna allegedly created a to-don't list for her sons' visits with their dad, which included TV, anything Miley Cyrus, clothes that were not 100 percent cotton and micro-waved pizza -- not to mention toys that were "spiritually or ethically unsound." Whether Guy Ritchie followed the Material Girl's rules is hard to say, but the pop singer's strict parenting style seems to be the polar opposite of her rebellious public persona.
When it comes to unconventional celebrity parenting, however, Mayim Bialik may win the gold medal for unconventional parenting. She ditched diapers for her baby at an early age, instead using a technique called "Elimination Communication." By tuning in to her baby's cues, she consistently put him on a potty before he could eliminate in his diaper, and by 17 months he was wearing tidy whities.
Though it allegedly worked for her, the "Blossom" star concedes the bathrooming practice is considered bizarre by many parents. On a blog post for the "Today Show," she wrote, "Some people think that people who practice EC are crazy, and some people think that crazy is too harsh a word; preferring instead 'totally out of their heads loco bonkers insane in the membrane.'"
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