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Brooke Shields talks self-confidence, baby weight and Tupperware as a baby toy

06/29/2007 at 12:20 AM ET

Mr_fp_130233_cbbBrooke Shields threw a Tupperware party last week in support of her andthe brand’s Chain of Confidence campaign, which is dedicated topromoting self-confidence in girls and forging female friendships,something she’s hoping to instill in her daughters, Rowan, 4, and Grier,14 months, with husband Chris Henchy. The actress, 42, talks to OK!about the difficulty of raising her daughters in an image-obsessedcity, let alone culture, how she lost that baby weight, and, of course, Tupperware.

On raising kids in Hollywood: I think it’s hard everywhere.It’s hard when you’re going to parties that are bigger thanDisneyland! I find myself falling into it, but I’m not going to fallprey to it anymore. I pulled back and said, "I’m never doing it again.You pick three friends and we will do one activity together – a movie,boat ride, whatever – and that’s it."

On not spoiling her kids: You have to remind yourself. Mydaughter comes home from school and says, "So-and-so has this." Now itgets to the point where, when she gets a toy, she asks me if she cankeep it. I’m like, "Let’s go see if you can have anything else like it.If you don’t, you can. But if you have one more toy, you need to giveanother one away." I’m sure she gets afraid to attach to anything,which is why she’ll be in therapy later and that will also be my fault![Laughs] But I do what I can.

On instilling strong values
: You have to, because of thethings they come home with from school! Just at 4 years old, Rowansays, "Does this make me look fat, Mama?" I was like, "Excuse me?" Shegoes, "Well, that’s what so-and-so said in school." Wow!

How she dealt with the situation: We really had to talk. I sat down and Isaid, "Now what does that mean to you?" She didn’t understand theconnotation of it, but I took her through it from start to finish. Thenwe started in on the inside versus the outside – these cliches. Theyreally need to be embedded into these kids. They’re fine inside thehouse, but it’s the minute they leave the house. My older one, Rowan,she’ll say, "You look really beautiful, Mama." And it’s important if Ilook like a princess, because princesses are so big. You have to definereal life. It’s hard!

On dropping the baby weight: It was easier thesecond time. Running after the 4-year-old is a huge task. I spent thefirst three months of my second pregnancy on Broadway [in Chicago], soI was dancing four hours a day, every day.

Advice to moms trying to lose weight: It’s an old saying, butit took you nine months to get that way – it’s going to be a yearbefore you’re at least at a place where you’re even really strongenough. You have to give yourself a reality of time.

On Tupperware as a baby toy: They gave me a ton of it, and Iwas so thankful! It’s good for a baby toy! I stick my baby in front ofthe open drawer and she’s good for 30 minutes. That and a wooden spoon- they bang and clank and stack, and then I can make phone calls or getmy e-mails.

On Tupperware and what she hopes her kids learn from it: Ilove them. I think it’s kitsch and cool now. It started off asfunctional. Then people made a little fun of it. But I’ve seen so muchvideo of women who have made full-time careers of this. They’ve gonefrom being stay-at-home moms who didn’t think that they were capable ofanything, to this whole community of women. I love seeing that. That’swhat I believe in – I want my daughters to understand that as they growup.

Source: OK! Magazine, July 9 issue, pg 40-43

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Poppy on

“The actress talks about the difficulty of raising her daughters in an image-obssesed city, let alone culture, how she lost that baby weight”

That sentence is rather amusing. Contradiction much? Does the magazine even realize the irony of talking about losing baby weight and not wanting to focus on images in the same sentence?

Lilybett on

I like the idea of having a toy limit and then instituting a “get-one-give-one-away” policy. Kids can just end up with so much crap they don’t need or use, particularly with the cheap and nasty toys that comes with fast food.

All my sisters complained about the amount of junk their kids got from friends and family for Christmas and birthdays. Most of us have just grabbed a toy off the nearest shelf, bought it and wrapped it, especially for kids you don’t know well. So I started a book buying policy, particularly for all the kids in my (extended) family. I give the babies a soft toy for their first Christmas but for the others, rather than a toy they get a good book, so by the time they’re teenagers they have a set of classic books.

charsmom on

Lilybett, I totally agree with you when it comes to kids and too many toys. We have let all our family know we DO NOT want toys as presents unless it is something specific our girls as for. Now our families tend to give books and saving bonds as gifts – both are greatly appreciated!

Brooke makes a good point when she says that Grier will play with Tupperware and a wooden spoon for long periods of time – kids don’t even need “toys”. The household items we have around the house can be then most amusing, and don’t forget about how wonderful a day exploring a backyard or park can be, too!

madison on

I don’t mean to play devil’s advocate as I do agree that our society has gotten very image obsessed and I certainly wouldn’t want my 4 year old daughter asking if something made her look fat. But there’s also a weight problem in this county. Statistics vary but approximately 1/3 of American adults are overweight and obesity is quickly becoming a top cause of preventable death. So in my mind the losing of baby weight is not a negative conversation to have. Staying fit and healthy (and that includes being at a healthy weight) is something everyone should talk about and work at best they can. Teaching our kids poor eating habits or a sedentary lifestyle isn’t going to help them either.

Sabina on

Ugh, I’m sorry, I have a lot of respect for Brooke Shields, but I can never take anything celebrities are paid to say seriously. Of course they’re going to say it’s wonderful, the best thing they’ve ever tried, highly recommendable and blah blah blah, they’re paid to endorse the product! I mean come on Brooke, talking about what you want your kids to learn from *tupperware*?? Of all the things I can imagine to inspire and educate my children, tupperware is way down there with cheesewire and laminate flooring.

Autumn on

I think it’s cool Brooke lets her kids play with the dishes, plus there are Tupperware toys out there so it’s not all bad.

Also maybe she meant she wanted her girls to learn how Tupperware was one of the first companies to empower women as the salesforce, so that’s cool. (Alhough I suppose Brooke’s never heard the story of Brownie Wise.)

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