Parenting Tips From Octomom

Nadya Suleman offers her advice on everything from meals to tantrums

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 15, 2009 10:47 AM CST

(Newser) – Nadya Suleman, better known as Octomom, offers up her best parenting advice—yes, really—to Babble. The highlights:

  • Her parenting philosophy: “Love with some boundaries and rules. I think religion is important. So are good manners, good role models, and a good education. I also try not to judge other parents.”
  • Life lessons for her kids: “Don’t get distracted or worry about what others think of you. Don’t let anyone else determine who you are and what you want to accomplish.”

  • On managing tantrums: “I try my best to calm the kids and if I can’t do it I’ll leave the store. I try not to feel pressure to have everything under control because all parents have been there.”
  • The most shocking part of motherhood: “The intensity and fierceness with which I love my children.”
  • Discipline: “Mutiny is not an option in my house!”
  • Favorite meal: “Mac and cheese, turkey, and homemade baby food.”

Nadya Suleman arrives at the City of Orange Court house on Monday July 27, 2009.
Nadya Suleman arrives at the City of Orange Court house on Monday July 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
This image made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman looking at a ultrasound of her unborn twins at an in-vitro fertilization clinic in Los Angeles.
This image made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman looking at a ultrasound of her unborn twins at an in-vitro fertilization clinic in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/KTLA)
This file image originally made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman speaking at a fertility clinic in Los Angeles.
This file image originally made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman speaking at a fertility clinic in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/KTLA)
In this March 11, 2009 file photo Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets leaves her home in Whittier, Calif.
In this March 11, 2009 file photo Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets leaves her home in Whittier, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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