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Kate Winslet: I Raise My Kids to Be ‘Grateful’ and Respectful’

03/02/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
Courtesy Glamour

Kate Winslet may get the star treatment when she goes out in public, but her kids don’t — not if she has anything to say about it.

“The challenge is making sure that they’re never treated different just because I sometimes am,” says the Oscar winner, who is mom to Mia Honey, 10 and Joe Alfie, 7.

“I always want them to be regular kids who are grateful and respectful of other human beings. I want them to know that when we fly first-class, that they are lucky.”

And, she says, they appear to have obeyed their actress mom.

“The highest compliment I could ever receive about my kids — and I can say that this does happen frequently — is when the in-flight crew say to me, ‘Your children are wonderful. They are so well-behaved.’ Every time I am told that, I could weep,” says Winslet, 35.

She also says that she’s dreading the day her children learn to surf the Internet, in part because of her painful split last year from her husband, Sam Mendes.

“I am nervous about the day that Mia can Google [my name]. That’s the reason I am so careful not to talk about the question that people always ask of me: ‘So what actually happened between you and Sam?’ That explanation will never come out of my mouth. Never.”

She adds, “When my children want to know what actually happened, I want to be the first person they have that conversation with. I don’t want them to read something and believe it, when it probably isn’t true anyway.”

– Sara Hammel

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rebekah on

i love kate. she’s always seemed like such a great mum!

torgster on

This has nothing to do with the story lol it’s just my rant. Kate is so gorgeous – yet in typical fashion Glamour has photoshopped her face so much that she’s barely recognizable! Ticks me off!

Katie on

She looks beautiful!! She is a gentle woman and very sweet. I agree with her 100% what she says about online readings and flying first class. What a great mum!

Lily on

She is handling the situation very gracefully. Just like she did after ending her relationship with Mia’s dad Jim Threapleton. She had expressed her opinions about how putting egos away helps co-parenting. Kate and Mia’s father were good at that when Kate was married to Sam. I am sure Sam and Kate will manage to do the same. Jim was pictured taking both Mia and Joe (Kate’s son with Sam) to school back then. Sam, apparently, spends time with both kids after separation,too. It is refreshing to see this drama-free attitude.

CelebBabyLover on

Unfourtnately for Kate, the day that Mia can Google her mom’s name is probably already here. 10-year-olds are very capable of using Google. I hope for both Kate’s sake and Mia’s that Mia doesn’t come across all the tabloid gossip out there!

DonkeyMom on

I would rather have people tell me that my daughter is well behaved than compliment me on how cute she is. I had nothing to do with what she looks like, but work hard to make sure she is polite and grateful and well behaved. Those compliments show me that we’re doing something right!

Jennifer on

Kate is a down to earth, intelligent and beautiful person…and seems like a great mother. I have always been a big fan of her. I think it is wonderful that she is raising her children to be so polite and respectful.

loumin80 on

I totally agree with donkeymom! I too am always thrilled when I get compliments about my daughter and sons behaviour as my husband and I have worked so hard to make sure they are polite and respectful. I think Kate seems to be doing a wonderful job, as many 10 and 7 year olds are the polar opposite because parents want to befriend their kids with no set dicipline instead of being the one in charge (on a personnel note – Im talking about my brothers parenting experiences and his children now!) Well done Kate! x

victoriajh on

so this story references a ‘painful’ split yet the story link says an amicable one….. i dont get it-
i do so love kate though ( she was the inspiration for my dauhgters name!) i love that she seems down to earth and real – and she is a good role model with her weight and size not needing to be crazy thin-
cant wait for her to come out with a new flick!

suzyq on

Awesome, talented actress!

Emily on

Victoriajh, even amicable splits can be painful. Especially if kids are involved.

blessedwithboys on

Love, love, love Kate! She’s really into crunchy parenting stuff, too. I read in a mag once where she said she asks her family to give them simple things for Christmans and birthday gifts, like art supplies. She also said how she hated having too many battery operated toys around the house.

Now, Kate…if you could just STOP SMOKING!

blessedwithboys on

Love, love, love Kate! She’s really into crunchy parenting stuff, too. I read in a mag once where she said she asks her family to give them simple things for Christmans and birthday gifts, like art supplies. She also said how she hated having too many battery operated toys around the house.

And she had a VBAC with Joe. :)

Now, Kate…if you could just STOP SMOKING!

Hea on

I think she’s the most gorgeous actress out there today. So down to earth and so “normal”.

Emily on

Yeah, I agree. It might have been amicable overall, but it doesn’t mean there was no pain or grieving involved.

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