Posted: Sep 04, 2012 11:00 AM
 
Who do you turn to for parenting advice? Your own mother, your friends or other family members? Or maybe you look to celebrity parents for their thoughts on parenting? We took a look at five star moms and their best parenting advice.

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Angelina Jolie advises parents to let their children "express themselves," Jessica Alba doesn't hesitate to give time-outs when her oldest is "acting crazy," and Kelly Ripa advises to "be a parent and not a friend."

Here's some parenting advice from five celebrity moms:

Angelina Jolie

I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not.

A-listers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are parents to six children: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 6 and 4-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne. And although they have such a big brood, their 6-year-old sure knows how to make headlines with her tomboy image!

Angelina has said that Shiloh is "fascinating," and elaborated on the fact that her daughter dresses "like a little dude."

"I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not," Angelina said. "I think that is just bad parenting... Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth."

Kelly Ripa

Be a parent and not a friend.

Kelly Ripa and her husband of 16 years, Mark Consuelos, are parents to three kids: Michael, 15, Lola, 11 and Joaquin, 9.

"No, means no," Kelly said of their parenting rules. "Be a parent and not a friend," she said. "It's my philosophy that doing the easy thing in the short term makes it harder for parents in the long run."

Katherine Heigl

My advice is don't be discouraged. The reward is so great.

Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley adopted their daughter Naleigh from Korea when she was 10 months old. The couple went on to adopt a second daughter, Adalaide, domestically in April. The actress gave her best advice to adoptive parents: "It was a struggle for me because all I wanted to do was bond with [my daughter]," she said. "But it takes time for a child to trust this new situation and to trust you. My advice is don't be discouraged. The reward is so great."

Jessica Alba

I don't hesitate to give her a time-out when she's acting crazy.

Mom to daughters, Honor, 4, and Haven, nearly 12 months, Jessica Alba works hard to teach her girls respect.

"I'm very good at staying on top of [Honor] on her manners and I reward her when she's doing well," she said. "I don't hesitate to give her a time-out when she's acting crazy. I think you need to make that known early so that they become respectful people early on."

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner became a mother of three in February when she welcomed her third child, son Samuel, with husband Ben Affleck. She is one of our favorite celebrity moms year after year, and when she talks about role modeling for her daughters, Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3, it's easy to see why she gets the popular vote.

I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down.

"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,'" Jen said.

The Alias alum went on to encourage mothers to stop judging one another and start supporting each other.

"I will tell you what I can't abide -- and I think the internet has really created a space for it -- women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers," Jen shared. "It just makes me crazy, whether it's between staying at home, going to work, how long you breastfeed, if you use formula... I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down. I would just like to see a mother who really believes that she has done it all so right, you know what I mean?"

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