No matter how rich or famous you are, motherhood is still an experience unlike any other. Celebrity moms like Kristen Bell, Serena Williams, and Amy Poehler all have some hilarious things to say about having a little one. From eating your child's leftovers to struggling to put away a stroller, these quotes show that parenthood is a challenge even for stars. Read on for some honest input about how being a mom is going for these famous ladies.
Carrie Underwood Eats Her Kid's Leftovers
Motherhood can be so incredibly busy that it's hard to get in a bite to eat. The funny thing is how much time moms put into preparing their kids' meals, only to watch them get barely eaten.
That's why Carrie Underwood jokes, "The majority of my diet is made up of foods that my kid didn't finish." We can certainly appreciate the country singer's desire to prevent waste. After all, who wants to see the meal they just prepared go into the trash?
Julia Roberts Calls Going Potty A "Triumph"
You know you're a parent when going to the bathroom no longer is a chore but a triumph. Julia Roberts says, "Usually the triumph of my day is, you know, everybody making it to the potty." Reminding kids to go to the bathroom is imperative, especially when they're little.
Even when children get a little older, they aren't always keen enough to take advantage of bathroom breaks. While on a road trip, you may find yourself stopping three separate times because the kids didn't want to at least try to go when you pulled over the last time.
Serena Williams Says Strollers Are A Struggle
Athletes know all about pushing through mental and physical obstacles. Serena Williams had to break through plenty of obstacles on her way to becoming one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Still, even she says that parenthood is a whole other story. She says, "I've conquered a lot of things ... blood clots in my lungs — twice ... knee and foot surgeries ... winning Grand Slams being down match point ... to name just a few, but I found out by far the hardest is figuring out a stroller!"
Jennifer Garner Notes That Using The Bathroom Alone Is No Longer Possible
Actress Jennifer Garner made the hilarious point that becoming a parent means giving up a lot of privacy. She said, "You know how once you have kids you never ever pee by yourself again? At least one of them is always in there with you at all times."
Going to the bathroom as a parent is an entirely different experience because you can't leave little ones unattended when in public. Even while at home, there's bound to be someone running in to complain about their sibling or ask for a snack.
Amy Poehler Says Sleep Is "Just A Concept"
If there's one thing that parents across the board can agree on, it's that sleep is more difficult to achieve when a parent. Even once your baby starts sleeping through the night, they often go to bed much earlier than the parents do.
After all, the best productivity time is usually when the little ones are in bed. That's why mother and comedian Amy Poehler hilariously stated, "Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I'm looking forward to investigating in the future."
Olivia Wilde Says Her New "Party" Is "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
Though parenthood comes with its fair share of challenges, nothing can compare to those blissful moments with your baby. That's why actress Olivia Wilde reminisces, "If I wasn't at work, I just wanted to stay home and party with my little man — and by 'party' I mean, of course, endless rounds of 'Itsy Bitsy Spider.'"
It's funny how much your entire life changes once you become a parent. The days of all-nighters and clubbing get replaced with crashing on the couch and playing baby games.
Reese Witherspoon Isn't Shy About Scolding Her Kids
Though there are tons of parenting styles nowadays, nothing quite gets the message across like good old fashioned talking-to. Reese Witherspoon's parenting advice is simple: "I always say if you aren't yelling at your kids, you're not spending enough time with them." Of course, she's exaggerating.
There are plenty of times when a little one is about to do something dangerous, like run into the street, and raising your voice is the only way to go. At some point, though, yelling becomes less effective, especially if the kids start shouting back!
Michelle Pfeiffer Is Prepared To Pay For Her Kids' Therapy
Many parents joke about how they know they're going to be the reason their kids need therapy one day. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer proved she was no exception when she stated, "Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, and hold our breath, and hope we've set aside enough money to pay for our kids' therapy."
There's no such thing as a perfect parent, so there's bound to be things any mom wishes they had done better. The important thing is giving it your best effort and showing your kids love and support.
Kristen Bell's Kids Make Her Cry-Laugh
Many would agree that motherhood isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Though it may be one of the more rewarding aspects of life, being a mom can certainly have its ups and downs.
As actress Kristen Bell puts it, "Every day when you're raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream 'This is ridiculous!'" Between the hilarious things that kids say and the neverending messes, there's certainly a lot to be baffled at while a mom.
Anna Faris' Child Knows How To Politely Talk Back
Anna Faris learned the hard way that sometimes being polite to your children can come back and bite you. She shared, "'I don't think so mommy!' is what my child said after, 'Can you please pick up all the popcorn you threw all over?'"
It's wonderful to model the behavior you want your child to exude, but in this case, the little one was a little too receptive to repeating his mothers' tone. We're sure Reese Witherspoon would have taken the opportunity to ask again at a higher volume.
Maya Rudolph Says Parenthood Is Full Of Endlessness
Maya Rudolph is not only an actress, but also a mother of four. Having kids running around while pursuing a career can be full of challenges. Maya describes it as "endless stuff."
She says, "It's endless entertainment, it's endless stress, endless responsibility. Everyone's at different ages and levels, everyone's into different stuff. But everyone is into slime." Since motherhood can be filled with "everything," it's important to have something to keep you grounded. In Maya's case, that seems to be slime.
Christina Applegate Sometimes Second-Guesses Herself
Parenthood isn't something that we can be completely prepared for as they are always surprises that come along the way. Sometimes, it can feel like you're messing up everything as a parent.
Actress Christina Applegate confessed, "Sometimes I stand there going 'I'm not doing any of this right!' And then I get this big man belch out of her and I go 'Ah, we accomplished this together.'" Few things are more rewarding than getting that burp out of your baby. It's small wins like these that can combat feelings of self-doubt.
Alyson Hannigan Says Naptime Is For Her
How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan shed some light on what putting her kids down for a nap is really all about. She said, "Why don't kids understand that their nap is not for them but for us?"
Any parent will tell you that this comment is only half a joke. While it's true that kids need more sleep to function, parents rely heavily on naptime as it gives them a much-needed break. It's the only time during the day that parents get to have just for them.
Mila Kunis Doesn't Agree With The Term "We're Pregnant"
Actress Mila Kunis pointed out why she isn't a fan of the term "we're pregnant." She said, "Stop saying 'we're pregnant.' You're not pregnant. [Are you carrying] a watermelon-sized person...? No."
While it's true that the father doesn't have to go through labor, it's also true that he should be the number one supporter of the mom while she goes through it. Keeping a level head during childbirth isn't a walk in the park, especially when your significant other is suffering.
Rachel Dratch Learned The Hard Way Not To Leave Out Toys
If a parent got a dollar for every time they had to tell their kids to put their toys away, they'd have enough to pay their college tuition. Still, games get left out every now and again. Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch learned the consequences of this the hard way.
She said, "Parenting Tip: Maybe don't leave Hungry Hungry Hippos on the floor of a dark room." We can only imagine what prompted her to warn other parents about this specific game, but we'd imagine it wasn't a pleasant experience for her feet.
Tina Fey Pins Passing Gas On Her Kiddos
Actress Tiny Fey gave away one sly trick that we're sure parents everywhere have used a time or two. She said, "Ah, babies. They're more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your [gas]."
That's one backward compliment if we've ever heard one. It's a brilliant plan to pin your gas on babies because they can't get offended by such an accusation. If anything, they love doing it themselves! Of course, this phase only lasts so long before doing so could result in embarrassment and tears.
Eva Mendes Says The Baby Has It Rougher
Though many parents are quick to complain about how difficult having a baby in the house can be, Eva Mendes thinks she has it easy compared to her little one. The actress explained, "I've leaned that it's way harder to be a baby. For instance, I haven't thrown up since the '90s and she's thrown up twice since we started this interview."
First of all, it's a rarity to make it through pregnancy without vomiting at least once. Still, we understand Eva's point. Just imagine not being able to get anything you need on your own!
Ellie Kemper Didn't Prepare For The Actual Baby
The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress Ellie Kemper hilariously admitted what so many expecting moms go through. She said, "I didn't fully wrap my head around the fact that there would be a person at the end of it.
"I read endlessly about pregnancy and what to eat and what not to eat. And then I sort of prepared not at all for the actual baby." The idea of a baby is very different than actually holding yours in the hospital and realizing you now have to bring up a human being.
Nia Vardalos Sums Up Motherhood In Two Words: Sticky Purse
My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos summed up motherhood when she said, "Becoming a mom to me means you have accepted that for the next 16 years of your life, you will have a sticky purse."
We're not sure what happens when your kid reaches the driving age that obliterates sticky messes in your purse, but we believe it. Children rely on their parents to have just about anything they may need at any time. Plus, who has time to clean up a purse when you've got little ones running around?
Shonda Rhimes Calls Sleepless Babies "Torture"
You may think that the woman who created, wrote, and produced the hit series Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice is indestructible, but even Shonda Rhimes struggles with motherhood. She admitted, "Twelve years later the memories of those nights, of that sleep deprivation, still make me rock back and forth a little bit."
Shonda joked, "You want to torture someone? Hand them an adorable baby they love who doesn't sleep." It's one thing if an inanimate object or a neighbor keeps you up. It's another thing when it's the person you love most in this world.