Not all of us moms are so genetically blessed as to fit into our skinny jeans two weeks postpartum — let alone thick-skinned enough to “love ourselves as we are” all the time.
So bless those awesome celebrity moms — and dads! — who are willing to show us the truth about parenting, so that we can all feel a little better about our bad days, our toddler tantrums, and yeah, our cellulite.
Top photo: Kelly Clarkson on Instagram
Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies! #feelingmyself #strongismygoal #bodygoals @msjeanettejenkins #happysaturday #getitin #GIJaneismyWCW
A talented, empowered, inspiring mama who’s willing not just to share an unretouched postpartum photo — but some actual numbers from the scale? Give the woman a standing O.
Yes she’s a genetically blessed supermodel, and she looks good even when she doesn’t (which is never), but her honesty and trademark humor about parenting gives us life — like this hilarious jab at sanctimommies.
Real quick just wanna take a break from online (lazy-person) x mas shopping to call bullshit on this ad for a breast-pump bra cuz this lady definitely did not recently birth a child who requires breastmilk to be pumped. Also want to give a quick cyber hug to this model who had to pretend to have recently birthed a milk-fed baby-child when she clearly has spent the last year lifting tiny weights and meditating. (Side note: why does Amazon insert breast-pump ads into every single goddamn search I make? I'm no longer in the market for more pump supplies Amazon! Shut it down!) PS. I own this bra and it's awesome.
Her feed is filled with so many more photos than just the standard celeb “I look awesome all made-up for this fancy event” selfies — including this hilarious takedown of a great product…that happened to use an unrealistic model in its ad. She speaks for so many of us!
Hard to resist a dad who isn’t afraid of giving his kid a cupcake (or two) and photographing the consequences. No retouching here.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
Neil is clearly smitten with every single aspect of fatherhood, probably because he’s still a kid at heart himself. His Instagram feed is so full of love for his twins, who are so fabulously, lovably real (if always meticulously dressed) that we actually miss his photos if NPH hasn’t posted for a bit.
Considering how wonderfully real Anna is about motherhood on social media (this tweet is also a classic) — not to mention husband Chris Pratt (maybe you’ve heard of him?), is one cool family we’d totally be okay to have over for playdates.
Celebrity kids: They trash hotel rooms just like ours! And….cry on Santa’s lap, as in the photo at top. Thank you so so much Kelly, for showing mom life as it is, and not as we all wish it would be.
#fbf l wouldn't change this boy for the world but I will try to change the world for him!… and for others🙏🏽 #April #Autismawareness month is upon us and I'm fired up and ready to go!!!✊🏽🔥🌹❤️ Our @hollyrodfdn has several amazing programs going this month that are going to raise funds to help families affected by #autism in many different ways:Our kids need services, compassionate care and they also need JOBS! #wegotworktodo #ForPeetesSake
HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE
I met Holly ages ago when she spoke about Autism awareness, and she’s just as honest and real as you’d think. Her advocacy and candid portrayal of her own journey as a mom to a son with special needs has made her an icon among so many of us.
I absolutely love her feed because like Neil Patrick Harris, it’s absolutely clear that her kids are such a huge part of her life and she just loves having fun with them.
May we forever Show each other How to paint outside of the lines How to love each other with time That all colors are beautiful And the only limit is the ones you put on yourself From father to son From brother to brother From brother to sister Sister to sister And daughter to mother May we all love each other While the clock unwinds time Cause it never never minds Only now matters So live it ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Love shared is the most beautiful gift I love u guys endless 💜💜😘😘
Leave it to a songwriter to craft exquisite paeans to her family life all over her IG feed. Love seeing her family getting crafty like ours do — and feeling her love for them from behind the lens.