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.   (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.   (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This file image originally made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman speaking at a fertility clinic in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/KTLA)
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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