The Kardashians are one of the most popular families in entertainment and seem to make headlines constantly with everything from million dollar divorces to highlights in their hair. But there’s one brood in the Kardashian klan that garners positive attention and a healthy dose of “Aww!” Yes, I’m talking about Kourtney Kardashian and her three children, Mason, Penelope, and Reign. Kourtney’s life may be anything but normal, but moms (and even dads) can take a few parenting lessons from Kourtney Kardashian.
With three children in five years, Kourtney has definitely become a bit of an expert on birthing and raising babies. But what’s so endearing about the oldest Kardashian and her journey into motherhood is how real she is. Her Instagram feed is full of everyday happenings, like building forts and baking batches of cupcakes. She truly seems to enjoy being a mother, and has no reservations about donning a Tinkerbell costume if it means putting a smile on her daughter’s face. Learning from a Kardashian may not be something you ever intended, but with Kourtney’s love of motherhood and her children, it’s easy to pick up a few tips from here. These 11 parenting lessons from Kourt are ones I’m eager to remember when the day is long and there’s yogurt in my hair.
1. Read To Them
Reading is a great bonding tool, but I’m the first one to admit that it’s tough when all you want to do is pass out on the couch and put the baby to bed without a story. Kourtney totally inspires me to pick up those books every night. You’re molding your baby’s imagination, so read to them as much and as often as you can.
2. Take Them On Adventures
It’s obvious Kourtney puts her children first, prioritizing them over dating, work, and her celebrity lifestyle. She takes them on adventures, like to Yellowstone National Park, without an entourage of nannies to do all of the work. If Kourtney Kardashian can find the time to throw on some flannel and embrace the great outdoors with her kids, then so can I.
3. Teach Your Children About Animal Rescue
By taking her kiddos to a local humane society, Kourtney is able to give them an education on rescuing animals and adopting furry friends in need. She’s also a great example of using your voice for good and her kids will totally appreciate that when they’re older and everyone knows who their mom is.
4. Instill A Love Of Family
It’s pretty obvious that the Kardashians are closer than a lot of families, but I love how Kourtney makes sure her kids know that, too. On a recent trip to Disney, little Penelope got to enjoy the day with her cousin North and Auntie Kim. These are memories that will last a lifetime and a cousin bond is like no other. Makes me want to call my siblings and schedule a playdate for our kids right now.
5. Let Kids Be Kids
So your kids are obsessed with mermaids? Kourtney says let them swim with one! She embraces her kid’s interests and childhood every day by making things totally magical for them. And you know what, she does it without being a celebrity. All of us can find our kid a cute mermaid outfit and take her swimming to fulfill all of her Ariel dreams.
6. Get Crafty
I’m the first one to admit that crafts with babies or young kids is never the perfect time you imagine, but you should do it anyway. Kourtney is happy to bust out the art supplies as a way to spend with her kids and make them smile.
7. Channel Your Inner Child
A grown woman dressed as Tinkerbell might raise some eyebrows, but it’s obvious that the oldest Kardashian doesn’t care. By matching her daughter Penelope, she’s instilling confidence in her little girl and letting her know that you can do and be whatever you want, regardless of what others might say.
8. The Little Things Matter Most
Every day doesn’t have to be a Pinterest-perfect day. You can create fun memories and days with just small actions, like Mickey Mouse shaped waffles with chocolate chips. Who wouldn’t be cured from the grumpies with this breakfast?
9. Rock Your Mom Status
Pumping and looking sexy? Not many of us feel that way, but Kourtney proves that you totally can and you should. You’re providing food for your baby and you deserve to feel empowered by that. (You deserve to feel empowered no matter how you choose to feed your baby, BTW.) Rock your mom status and be proud of your new role. Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to stop being you.
10. Sometimes, It’s OK to Give Them Candy
Is it really worth hours of screams and tears for your child to eat a piece of broccoli? Kourtney shows that every so often, it’s OK to let your kids eat a less-than-balanced meal, like candy corn atop a pizza.
11. There’s Nothing Wrong With A Night In
It’s Friday night, you’re exhausted, and the kids need to wind down. Throw everyone in your bed and have a movie night. Kourtney does this a lot and it seems like the coziest, best way to enjoy an evening at home with your babies. Movie nights should be honored.