Parenting lessons from Brad Pitt and other celebrity moms and dads

Published: Wednesday, July 10 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

From left, Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, Abigail Hargrove is Rachel Lane and Mireille Enos is Karin Lane in "World War Z."

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Recently, TV personality and new mom Kim Kardashian's image has been splashed across the covers of gossip magazines and websites, criticized for everything from her body weight to Twitter activity to the unique name she and partner Kanye West gave their daughter: North West.

Society's relationship with celebrity parents could be described as love-hate at best. But do we learn a thing or two from these oft-criticized moms and dads?

Following are a few lessons from observing celebrity parents.

Watch your language

Most people wouldn't often associate an apocalyptic zombie film with strong morals, but thanks to actor and father Brad Pitt, the cast and crew of "World War Z" had to watch their language.

Four-letter words were worth their weight in cash.

"Mireille Enos — who plays Brad's wife in the movie — told People magazine: 'He started a swearing jar. If anybody swore around the kids, they had to put a pound in the jar. Those kids went home rich,' '' an article on MSN stated.

Even though young actresses Sterling Jerins and Abigail Hargrove were only portraying Pitt's daughters, the zombie apocalypse star's fatherly instincts kicked in. Pitt's adopted son Maddox also had a cameo in the film, according to MSN.

Don't be so self-absorbed

An article from the American Psychology Association indicates that in general, celebrities are more narcissistic than the average person.

A 2006 study by University of Southern California psychiatry professor Drew Pinsky and psychologist Mark Young measured celebrity narcissism. Their study took results from a sample of 200 well-known personalities, including actors, musicians and comedians.

Using the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, the results indicated that compared to an average person, celebrities were "significantly more" narcissistic.

"The study also showed that reality television stars were among the most narcissistic of all celebrities," the article said.

According to an article in PsychAlive, narcissistic parents tend to live through and overly connect with their children.

"While (parents) may seem to support their children’s accomplishments, they often feel competitive with their children," the article reads. "They would like their child’s successes to reflect on them and attract attention to them, but at the same time, they do not want to be overshadowed by their kids."

Take pride in being a parent

Amid a tidal wave of controversy over her parenting style, the mom of reality TV icon Honey Boo Boo, June Shannon, has been recognized for her love of being a mother.

Online publication The Stir, a lifestyles website, wanted to give Shannon a chance to speak out after being called the worst mother in America.

"You may not be a fan of their down-home, redneck ways, but you can't deny one thing — the mom to Honey Boo Boo, Pumpkin, Chickadee and Chubbs has raised four happy, confident girls," the article stated. "That is no easy feat in this day and age."

In an interview with The Stir, Shannon — one of the stars of TLC's reality series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" — said that her biggest talent is being a mother, even if it's been hard at times. Shannon had her first child at age 17.

Her advice to other parents — it's simple, really.

"Be there for your kids, love them unconditionally," she said.

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