Jessica Alba On Honor: “I’m Very Strict With Her”

On the Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, Jessica Alba spoke about parenting her two-year-old daughter Honor.

The actress said, “She’s walking and talking, she has lots of opinions. She talks about everything she wants and needs. She said she wants coffee in the morning.

“So I give her water in a coffee cup, she likes to have big girl cups and she likes big boy T-shirts and princess dresses. I didn’t even teach her that stuff.

Alba added that she sets the rules when Honor gets into mischief.

“I’m very strict with her. When it’s time for her to eat, whether she’s hollering or whatever, it’s time to eat. She gets a time out if she cries for no reason. So then she stops because she doesn’t want a time out.”

“Sometimes she asks me to go to time out. If she does something bad she’ll say, ‘Honor time out?’ and I’ll say, ‘Yeah, you’re getting a time out.’ ”

As for having more children, Alba says she would.

Yeah, I think so, it’s the best thing ever. So, having more kids, I can wrap my head around it.”

Alba is currently in Venice to promote her new movie Machete.

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  • Anonymous

    Katie Holmes should be more like this with her brat Suri!

  • Briana

    I can already hear the comments starting.

    It is so wonderful that she is a strict mother. I love that she doesn’t tolerate screaming and crying fits.

  • Lauren

    Totally agree. Kids only do what you let them get away with, and it always astounds me how many parents let their kids carry on and dictate what the family is allowed to do (aka, “We need to leave this party because Johnny wants to go home”). To hear Jessica talk about being a disciplinarian with her daughter without being violent or overbearing is really refreshing. Amazing how different this perspective is from that of “You really have to go with what the child wants” Katie Holmes. Maybe Jessica should take Suri for awhile.

  • cara

    nothing WRONG with a time-out or two but for fussing? really? why? just ignore the crying/screaming and it will go away pretty fast. also find that at this age a focus on teaching vs discipline is helpful… so encouraging use of language rather than physical retaliation and praise of good behaviours. A good distraction is also priceless…

    my advice: keep the time-outs as your big guns ie. for when they bite a chunk out of their sister’s arm.

  • Cari

    Good advice Cara! “Johnny, that wasn’t very nice to maim your sister’s arm like that. Now go sit in the corner while we rush her to the emergency room”.

    Yeah. I don’t think so.

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