As someone who was a child during the '90s, I remember when Jessica Simpson was a pop singer with songs like 1999's "I Wanna Love You Forever." I followed along with her marriage to Nick Lachey, which lasted from 2002 until 2006, and their reality show Newlyweds. I also loved watching the celeb as a mentor on the short-lived Fashion Star, where designers competed to be crowned the winner.
In 2019, Jessica Simpson is talked about as a mom of three kids, wife of Eric Johnson, and a fashion designer. She has had The Jessica Simpson Collection since 2005, and it's amazing to see how well it has done. It's awesome that wedding bells rang a second time for Jessica: She and Eric tied the knot in the summer of 2014 in California. The couple has two daughters — seven-year-old Maxwell and two-month-old Birdie — and a five-year-old son named Ace.
Are we interested in learning more about how Jessica Simpson raises her children? Of course. We know that she always looks fashionable and incredible (particularly when she is expecting, as she wears lots of cool dresses), and we want to know more.
Here are 20 unique things Jessica Simpson does to raise her kids.
20 She Posts Photos Of Her Kids Online
Not every celebrity mom posts photos of their children online. Some just don't feel comfortable putting personal photos on their social media accounts, and they also don't want to receive any comments from strangers, which tends to happen when you're in the limelight.
Jessica Simpson does post photos of her kids online, and she is still doing that with her third child. As The Daily Mail said in April 2019, she put up a picture of her baby girl, Birdie, when she was asleep.
Some moms might say that this isn't cool because you should care about your family's privacy... but on the other hand, your fans want to see your children. It's definitely a tough decision.
19 She's Cool With Her Young Daughter Putting On Makeup
Did you ever wear your mom's makeup when you were a child? Many of us did this but to us it was playing dress-up and we wouldn't exactly leave the house or go to school with red lipstick on.
Things are different when you're a famous mom since everyone is looking at you and noticing pretty much every parenting choice that you make.
When Jessica Simpson put makeup on her then five-year-old daughter, Maxwell, people definitely talked about it. According to Glamour, Jessica shared a picture of Maxwell in purple lipstick while the two of them were at MAC Cosmetics. Someone said, "She's too young for make-up. You're going to regret it. Trust me."
18 Her Son Didn't Get His Hair Cut Until He Was Four
It's true that many children are full of nerves when they go to the hair salon. They don't exactly love the experience, which is probably why a lot of kid-friendly salons have popped up everywhere, allowing kids to sit in cars while getting a new 'do or even watch a film.
Jessica Simpson made the unique parenting decision to not cut her son Ace's hair until he was four years old. As People reported, Jessica wrote on social media, “First haircut. (Thanks @jessieholiday for making my stud look all grown up) #ACEKNUTE."
People always talked about how long Ace's hair was so this was definitely a big moment for him and his famous mom.
17 She Stands Up To People Who Criticize Her Parenting
A lot of people criticize Jessica Simpson's parenting, which is pretty much par for the course these days. It doesn't seem possible to be famous and not have people telling you what you're doing incorrectly. People get very heated, especially when it comes to raising kids.
Instead of engaging with people or fighting with them, Jessica is one classy lady and she stands up for herself by not getting involved at all. We think that is something to be proud of, and we're impressed.
Jessica also stood up for herself when Natalie Portman made a negative comment in December 2018 about a magazine cover of Jessica's that came out in 1999. According to CNN, Jessica said, "I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want..." She continued, "The power lies within us as individuals.
16 She Let Her Kid Dye Her Hair For Halloween
Would you dye your daughter's hair if she's elementary school? What about if it was for something special like Halloween? This is a subjective choice, that's for sure.
Jessica Simpson made the unique decision to get her daughter Maxwell's hair dyed for Halloween one year. This wasn't something that other people took lightly and, in fact, many people were upset about it.
As Mummy Pages says, "Halloween may be over but Jessica’s family snap from the spooky holiday is still receiving negative comments. The mum posted a photo of her daughter Maxi, who is a natural blonde, dressed as Princess Belle sporting brunette tresses."
15 She Put One Of Her Kids In A Bikini
Jessica Simpson shared a picture of Maxwell in a bikini and people got really upset. (There's definitely a theme here...)
As Cosmopolitan says, "Jessica Simpson, most famous for not knowing the difference between fish and chicken, selling high heels, and having the voice of an angel, is getting yelled at on the internet because she posted a photo of her 5-year-old daughter, Maxwell, in a swimming suit."
This is another parenting choice that she has made, and it felt right to her, so that's what matters. Some moms would agree with this and others would say not to share the photo.
14 She Upset People By Sharing That Breastfeeding Is Going Well For Her
Some moms have a great breastfeeding experience and for others, it's the complete opposite. It's definitely important to share your story and talk about how hard it can be as that's a good conversation to be having.
According to Distractify, Jessica Simpson posted a photo of her milk, and since she was talking about how well breastfeeding was going for her, people felt that she was bragging about it. She put up a photo of 5 oz of breast milk and wrote, "This is what success feels like."
Since that's not the breastfeeding experience that every mother has, it was probably not the best thing for her to post.
13 She Admits That It's Very Busy And Tough To Have Three Kids
Some people like to say that their lives are flawless and even if they have a big family, everything is all good all the time, no exceptions. That's not the case with Jessica Simpson.
The star has made the unique decision to say that it's tough and busy to have three children. Not everyone says these types of things and we like that she does.
Motherly quoted her as saying, "Three is challenging. We are trying to get into the groove and make sure all three kids are getting equal attention … it's more than a full-time job right now."
12 She Doesn't Have Perfect Pregnancies (She Even Accidentally Ruined A Toliet Seat)
Jessica Simpson doesn't act like her pregnancies have been perfect, which is awesome since we would all say that's not a thing that is possible. It doesn't matter how famous you are -- pregnancy can be tough, and there are many health problems that can come up.
She even ruined a toilet seat, which is definitely unique and not something that we have heard anyone say before...
Parents.com says that Jessica posted this picture on social media and wrote the caption, "Warning... don't lean back while pregnant." Oops... (We have a feeling that her kids probably thought that this was completely hilarious.)
11 She Is Into Heels Even During Pregnancy
Would you wear those heels while expecting? Maybe, but maybe not. It's a personal thing, that's for sure, and Jessica Simpson is into heels even during pregnancy.
As Mnn.com put it, "dedicated heel-wearer Jessica Simpson, who vocalized that, despite protests from her doctor, she plans on giving birth while wearing 4-inch Yves Saint Laurent stilettos." The website quoted her: “I went to the doctor yesterday and he said, ‘You're gonna need to get out of those heels.’ I was like, ‘Excuse me! I'll be delivering in these heels!’”
She does look absolutely amazing in this red dress and those chunky brown heels...
10 She Is Open About Having A C-Section
Jessica Simpson had a C-section with her third kid, Birdie, and she talks about it, which is really important. While some might say that this is their personal experience and they don't want to talk about it, she has chosen to speak about it.
According to Motherly, Jessica shared in a caption on social media, "Recovering from a C-Section is no joke! I think we all get so carried away with the excitement of having a new baby that we forget that we are going in for major surgery. Then on top of that, we get home from the hospital, have to recover from the surgery, balance our new life as a parent to three kids and be a wife."
9 She Posted A Pic Of Her Daughter With Song Lyrics That People Weren't Thrilled About
When Jessica Simpson posted this photo of her Maxwell holding a milkshake, she added some song lyrics to the social media caption (we all know the "Milkshake" song, right?!).
People definitely weren't thrilled about this particular photo, and it's easy to see that it's, well, a bit much. Refinery 29 wrote a story asking if Jessica gets what the lyrics are about, and then put it perfectly: "There's no getting past the fact that little Maxwell Drew, who turns 4 in May, is quite the cutie. The tot has already mastered the perfect selfie, and her posing is pretty on point."
8 She Embraced The Funny Comments They Had About Expanding The Family
Everyone handles growing their family a different way. Some parents get their kids books about becoming big brothers or sisters or talk to them every day about how things will change.
When Jessica Simpson was getting ready to have her third baby, she totally embraced the funny comments that her children had about expanding the family. According to People, Jessica said, “The questions I get on the daily from Maxwell and Ace are hilarious. They want to know every detail — like how milk comes out of mommy, how the baby will actually get here and if my belly button is a speaker to communicate with the baby."
That's so cute and charming, right?!
7 She's All About Celebrating Holidays In A Big Way
Do you celebrate every holiday with your family in a really big way? If you can answer yes to that question, then this is something that you share with Jessica Simpson.
Based on the many photos that we have seen of her celebrating Christmas and Halloween with her family, it seems that she goes all out for holidays, which is really sweet.
It's always nice when moms make these days special for their little ones. Chances are, you have some great, positive memories of your own Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations from when you were growing up. It's cool and rewarding to keep those traditions going with your own kids.
6 She's Cool With Her Daughter Wearing What She Wants To
Maxwell definitely dresses well, although we might think that her fashion designer mom is the one picking out her outfits. As it turns out, Maxwell is super into clothes, and this is something that Jessica has had to accept.
E online quoted her as saying, "She just does it every day to be honest, like there is no stopping her. I don't know what else to do, it is out of my control."
It's great that Jessica is so cool with her daughter wearing what she wants. While some moms would make a different parenting choice and would say no, this is what feels right to the famous mom.
5 She's Close With Her Sister Ashlee And They All Went To Disneyland
Many fans of Jessica Simpson love her sister, Ashlee, as well, and now that they're both mothers, it only seems natural that they would be close. Not everyone grows up and wants to stay connected to their brother or sister. Some people just feel that it's not the best thing for them.
That's not the case here, and Ashlee and Jessica seem very close. They even went to Disneyland in May 2018 and the photos are really fun.
According to Msn.com, Ashlee said about their relationship, “Jagger’s my first daughter, so things she’s dealt with Maxwell on, I can call her about. It’s really nice. We both give each other advice. Actually, I don’t even think that it’s advice! We just talk to each other about things.”
4 She Is Honest About Her Feelings
There is nothing more refreshing than when a celebrity is super honest. We don't really expect stars to tell the truth, maybe because we assume that they want to look and appear perfect all the time.
Thankfully for us fans of Jessica Simpson, she is honest about her experiences with motherhood. As Romper shared, Jessica posted this photo on social media, and she said in her caption, "Maxwell found Daddy's scissors 9/6/16. Just in time for school... #MOMMYISNOTHAPPY."
This is not only really funny but also something that humanizes the celebrity mom a lot. Every mom has dealt with a situation very similar to this one.
3 She's Not Into Having A Nanny
So many decisions that mothers make are completely personal. One person would say "no way" and the next would say "yes please."
One of those personal choices is hiring a nanny. It's easy to think that every celebrity mama would hire a nanny because they can afford to, right? And don't they want to be able to go to fancy workout studios and get manicures all the time?
We might assume that these things are true, but that's not the case for Jessica Simpson. She has said that she's not into having a nanny. ET Online quoted Jessica: “When I'm a mother, I want to actually be a mother. I don't want a nanny doing everything for me."
2 It Would Be Cool For Her If Her Little Ones Were Famous Actors Or Singers
Will Jessica Simpson's children become famous actors or singers? She has said that it would be great if they were "performers" which seems to suggest acting or singing. It would make sense since Jessica and her sister Ashlee are in Hollywood.
ET Online quoted her: “I would definitely embrace my children being performers. To me, they're like the stars of my life, so I would love for the world to see what I see." How cute is that?! Now we want to see them singing and dancing... Maybe she'll post a video of them performing on social media sometime soon?!
1 She Loves To Sing When She Needs To Decompress
As Jessica told Parents.com, "Our home has a recording studio, so I have a little oasis to retreat to for work."
That sounds really great, and now we're wondering if there's going to be new music soon? We would totally be the first to buy it.
Let's take a moment and think about how cool Jessica's life is. She has an awesome marriage, three cute kids, and her love of singing, not to mention a great sense of style and her fashion company. We've enjoyed learning more about how she raises her family, and it's nice to know that she is very honest about everything.
Sources: Dailymail.co.uk, Glamour.com, Littlethings.com, CNN.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Hollywoodlife.com, Distractify.com, Mummypages.ie, Motherly.com, Romper.com, Etonline.com, Parents.com, Eonline.com, Mnn.com.