Young and the Restless' Eileen Davidson Learns From Mom

05/14/2009 at 12:30 PM ET
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For actress Eileen Davidson, the best parenting advice came in the form of watching her own mother. Her mom, Charlotte, showed her that you have to allow “your child to make mistakes,” The Young and the Restless star explains. “She had seven kids and watched them go through trials and tribulations.” Using her own move to Los Angeles as an example, Eileen shares that Charlotte’s “hair turned gray, but she was still supportive of what I did, even though it was freaking her out!”

Eileen even finds herself repeating stock phrases that her mom used to say to her sons Duke, Flea and Jesse Thomas, 5 ½. “I’m always like, ‘I can’t believe I sound like my mother.'”

“I remember running out of the house telling, ‘Put your shoes on or you’re going to get sick!’ That’s an old wives’ tale, but it’s like some weird mind control that I would be like that.”

With Mother’s Day just having passed, Eileen, 49, reflects on the best gift she’s given to her own mom — wall-to-wall carpeting! “She loved it,” Eileen laughs. Her mom isn’t the only one who likes simple gifts — Eileen’s own favorite Mother’s Day was last year, when her husband [actor Vince Van Patten] fixed her breakfast in bed and she received cards from Jesse and her stepsons.

Eileen and Vince, 51, have been married since 2003. Duke and Flea are Vince’s sons from a previous marriage. Vince is a celebrity baby himself— he is the son of actor Dick Van Patten.

Source: Soap Opera Digest, May 12th issue

— Angela

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babyboopie on

She actually named her son Flea???

Satyra on

I was wondering the same thing. Interesting. . .

Lis on

That was my reaction too… Wait a minute! She has a son named Flea? Heaven help that little guy!

Kelli on

Well if you read the end you see that Flea is her husband’s son from a previous marriage. But that someone actually NAMED their child Flea…that is just not cool 🙂 haha

melissa on

duke and flea…hmm someone musted have wanted a puppy!!
she however looks great!! i love her on Y & R 🙂

Ann on

His real name is Richard. I guess Flea is his nickname!

Ann on

Or he could be Vince Jr. According to the Internet Movie Database, Vince Van Patten has two son named Richard and Vincent Jr.

Hilda on

Flea? Peanut is sounding better and better!

Jane on

I had no idea Eileen had stepsons. I watched an episode of the Dog Whisperer that she was on and I never saw the stepsons. Are they older and living on their own?