Jodie Foster: A little bit of chaos can be good

03/10/2008 at 09:20 AM ET

Jodie Foster admits that while she is an Academy Award-winning actress, she doesn’t let her celebrity status affect her parenting style to sons Charles, 9 ½, and Kit, 6.  She makes sure that her kids have chores to do and a strict bedtime.

Celebrities are just like any other parent when it comes to worrying about their children and having moments where they feel like the worst mom or dad in the world.  That is no different for the 45-year-old actress, who admits to feeling awful when she fed a nine-month-old Kit strawberries, and he proceeded to become sick.

In a new interview with Family Circle, Jodie discusses her parenting style to her sons and her most embarrassing moment at a parent. Click below to read.

When you were working in Australia, Charles and Kit often visited the set.  Did they become friends with your young costar, Abigail [Breslin]?

She’s girl, so that slowed things down a bit at their age!  But they did play with Nim’s pets in the movie — the sea lion and the iguana.

How do you keep them from getting spoiled while they’re experiencing such unique things?

They don’t live that high on the hog!  I like routine and discipline; fortunately the boys respond well to it.

What are your house rules?

Bedtime is 7:30 p.m.  They also help clean the house; we have a chore list where I check off their completed duties.

On a random Sunday afternoon, what’s the family up to?

We’re probably at home watching a movie.  I think I’ve seen The Lion King 500 times — no joke!  It’s well written, beautifully animated and emphasizes the importance of family.

What’s your favorite family vacation?

I read about Iceland in the newspaper and was blown away by its beauty and adventure.  I decided to take my kids there last summer.  We hiked up a glacier, rode in a snowmobile and hung out in the lava fields with bubbling geysers.  My city boys have never seen anything like it!

Can you remember a time when one of them embarrassed you? 

When Charles was young I made him leave a toy store.  He was so mad that he started screaming and hitting me in front of everyone.  Then he spit in my face!  I was mortified.

Now that he and Kit are older, how do you try to be a cool parent?

I educate them about other cultures and ways of life.  We celebrate all of the holidays:  Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa … just name a holiday and we commemorate!

What’s the biggest lesson your kids have taught you? 

That sometimes a little bit of chaos can be good.

Source: Family Circle, April 1st issue, pg. 124

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Shoshanna on


OMG I would have paid anything to see the look on her face after her son started his tantrum in the store. At the end of the day, she is just like any other mom taking their child into a public place.


kdleigh on

Ok, am I the only one that thinks a 7:30pm bedtime is a little crazy for a 9 1/2 year old boy? I guess if they have to get up at 4am that’s one thing, but I’m assuming her kids get up for school between 6:30-7:00am like all other children.. I don’t know. I have a 10 year old and his bed time is a strict 9:00pm and he gets up at 7:00am.. that’s 10 hours and that’s plenty!

Debbi on

My son is 9 and he is in bed at 7:30 and can read until 8:30. Basically he turns into a whiny, clingy mess after 7, so while I let him stay up later, he needs to be out of my hair!!🙂 He gets about 10 1/2 hours of sleep and that’s great for him. Nights when he’s stayed up later have not been good.

Now my little girl does not need as much sleep. She often doesn’t fall asleep until around 10, and usually gets up about an hour before her brother. She’s 7.

Sarita on

I think 7:30 is fine. That was my bedtime when I was 9. After that it moved half an hour each birthday.

fay on

spitting and kicking and fighting… i don’t think so…

Judyb on

I always adjusted my children’s bedtimes to their needs. My middle daughter (now 17) needed a lot more sleep than her sisters. She still needs sleep and is an absolute bear if she does not get enough of it.

RubiaLala on

I wish my kid went to bed at 7:30!

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