Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Are Super Hands-On Parents

04/20/2016 at 10:30 AM ET

Eva Mendes pregnant second child Ryan Gosling
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While some celebrity parents rely on a full staff of helpers to raise their kids, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes prefer a more hands on approach.

“They are not a typical Hollywood, celebrity family,” a source tells PEOPLE of the private couple. “First, they don’t have a nanny. Instead, Eva’s family, including her mom, help out.”

The source adds that Gosling and Mendes — who is pregnant with the couple’s second child — do not rely on assistants either, and that “Ryan often grocery shops and runs errands.”

When one parent is working, the other will stay home with their daughter. “They are very hands-on parents and seem to very much enjoy it.”


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The couple also declined to use a decorator to design Esmeralda’s baby room. “Instead Eva and Ryan had help from their families to get things ready,” the source says.

Both the Gosling and Mendes family have been a big support system for the young parents. “Ryan’s mom came from Canada,” the source says, adding that, “Eva’s mom practically lived with them to help out with the baby.”

Another source points out that Gosling’s hands-on parenting style was evident from the very beginning. “When Eva was pregnant the first time, Ryan was very supportive too and often came for check-ups.”

Gosling never left Mendes’ side during her delivery and was “very hands-on from the beginning,” the second source says. “He changed diapers and assisted with the baby’s first bath.”

— Michael Miller

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just a normal mom on

Oh, so you mean they’re normal parents? How refreshing.

Guest on

They want a cookie?

Lisa on

You mean like millions of parents everywhere, come on People Magazine. I’m sure they are great parents.

Neese on

I don’t know whos dumber People or the commenters who think they are being cleverly sarcastic. Yes ” like normal parents”. Do your idiots want a cookie for that gem.

Vmaz on

They sounds like normal hands-on-parents.

Vmzz on

They sounds like normal hands-on-parents.

Anonymous on

Very happy for them! Congrats.

Rachel on

Another 2 time Baby Mama. She keeps getting pregnant just to keep him.

Rachel on

Uhh basically her mom is the live in nanny. Compared to those that don’t have this advantage I wouldn’t exactly call it hands on. My mom comes to visit for a week and it’s like a vacation for me.

Yolander on

Her mom helps a lot, so it’s not exactly they are hands-on-parents.

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