Victoria Beckham Teaches Sons To Buy Their Breakfast

10/10/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

Courtesy Marie Claire

No need to sound the alarm — Victoria and David Beckham‘s 11-year marriage is doing just fine.

“We are still so close … We were at a party the other day, at my mum’s house, and I was sitting on his lap. We’re very affectionate,” the fashionista, 36, reveals in the November issue of Marie Claire. “We were the only couple who were even near each other at that party. We’re soul mates.”

Unfortunately, Beckham says, time in the spotlight is just a part of the life they have chosen. And while their celebrity status sometimes take its toll, she’s not complaining in the least.

“Someone said to me once that fame is not like a jacket. You can’t put it on and then take it off,” she muses. “But it was fun becoming famous. I mean, I even wanted to be one of the kids in FAME when I was growing up. To sing and dance on the top of a taxi cab in NY — I was so there.”

Noting that she has “been in the public eye for about 15 or 16 years,” Beckham admits fame is not a given, and is forever working at keeping up her persona. “But I’ve always been a worker,” she explains. “I’ve never expected to be given anything.”

And that lesson is one both she and her husband take seriously — especially when it comes to raising their three boys, Brooklyn Joseph, 11½, Romeo James, 8, and Cruz David, 5½.

“We’ve always been very strict with the kids. That’s the way David and myself were brought up,” Beckham says. “But they’re free spirits as well. They laugh. They joke. They have fantastic personalities. I love hanging out with them.”

That said, the joke was on the boys when an enthusiastic Beckham made the unpopular decision to turn breakfast time into an impromptu lesson in American money!

“I had Post-Its all over the breakfast cereal. On the bread. On the milk. I got a box of fake money from Toys ‘R Us,” she laughs.

“I told them at 6 a.m., ‘We’re going to learn about American money. I’m going to make you buy your breakfast.’ I hand them all a bit of the money. They were all just waking up and going, ‘Mum, we just want our Coco Puffs.’ And I’m going, ‘Coco Puffs! Cost one dollar twenty!'”

— Anya Leon

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Orissia on

6am? They have breakfast at 6am? Boy, those boys wake early (mine wake at 6.30am or 7am so still early for me too, but somehow I am still shocked at the 6am breakfast!).

J to the Da on

I love love love the Beckhams.

Laura on

It could by they have to be up at 6 for school. I do know of schools that start at about 7:30 or so for young kids… seems awfully early to me!

abc on

“I love hanging out with them.”

I love hearing parents say this! It’s so cute. Victoria actually seems like a pretty cool mom.

sarah on

Orissia,
They might have school really early. Our elementary school neighbor gets up at 6:30 to make it to her school on time and the kids who go to a magnet school have to be at the bus stop by 6!

mommytoane on

LOL yeah school can be early.
Buying Breakfast. Unique way of teaching money values, but works.

cris on

“one dollar twenty” Ha! It sounds like mommy needs to learn American money also!!

I really do like her though, as out there as she may be fashion-wise, she seems really grounded as a mother and wife!

Lorus on

I love this family. It’s so clear that she is absolutely in love with her boys and is so hands on.
It’s nice to see that they also use hand-me-downs with the boys clothing.

Georgina on

That is just so cute. Hope she charged David too.

Penelope on

Her boys really do look happy and well behaved. I always think that of them when I see their pictures.they are obviously well mannered and I respect the family a lot for that. They are also all gorgeous! And David and Victoria clearly adore each other. It is nice to see a happy family.

True Grit on

We once saw the Beckhams at a local restaurant and they were as normal as anyone else, maybe more so. Their kids were sooooooo polite to everyone from people that were waiting in line to the restaurant staff.

We had a corner booth from where they sat and could see how great of a family they were together. One of the boys spilled a drink on accident, and Victoria asked for extra towels. The waitress offered to clean it up and Victoria said “oh no, that’s quite alright, thank you, I’d like the boys to clean it up.”

The boys didn’t even have to be reminded to say Please and Thank You. When it came to standing in a line for the restroom, David stood there with Brooklyn as patient as could be and very unassuming. Someone said “Would you like to go in front of me?” and he said “Oh no, we’re fine, thank you.”

We live in a town that caters to alot of celebrities and there are more than plenty that have a very uppity attitude of entitlement when they go into a place and we never saw that once from the Beckhams.

It was a pleasant surprise.

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