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Reese Witherspoon reveals she has a ‘tough love’ approach to parenting her three kids

Reese Witherspoon says she isn’t going to sugar-coat anything for her kids.

In an interview with Fast Company, the 42-year-old mum-of-three opened up about her ‘tough love’ approach to parenting.

Reese, who is mum to Ava, 19, Deacon, 15, with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, and seven-year-old Tennessee with her husband Jim Toth.


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Reese’s ‘tough love’ parenting

The Sweet Home Alabama star reveals she always tells her kids the truth, even if it’s a bit harsh at times.

“I feel like I’m constantly counteracting pressure from the parents who want to make the lives of their kids golden and magical at all moments!” she tells the publication.

“Guess what, kids? You’re going to be disappointed and uncomfortable once in a while.”

Speaking of her daughter’s basketball abilities, the Legally Blonde star says: “I remember Ava crying in bed in third grade — she was on JV basketball and she was the only kid on the team who didn’t score.

“I said, ‘Aves, maybe you’re bad at basketball.’ She thought that was mean. I said, ‘Mean or true? ‘Cause, guess what? Your mom’s bad at basketball, too (sic).’”

But with the bad comes the good. Reese is often posting loving tributes to her kids on Instagram.

“So proud of my kids for working so hard and always bringing their best selves to each challenge,” the actress wrote on a pic of her kids in their school uniform in June.

“All those early morning wake-ups and late night study sessions paid off! Congrats to my superstars! (pre-schooler had no study sessions but he’s really cute)”

What do you think about Reese’s tough love approach? What is your parenting style?

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