First we find out Jay-Z and Beyonce get their parenting advice from President Barack Obama. Now we know Adele gets her baby-rearing advice from Sir Elton John. This makes me feel a little pathetic for getting my advice from random mothers in line at the grocery store, or nannies at the park.
Apparently, Adele wants some tips about raising a baby in the limelight. At first I thought Sir Elton would probably make some flippant recommendation about security guards and nannies. But it turns out that the mega-star is pretty down to earth. In an interview he gave to Barbara Walters last year, he said:
“We have one nanny. And we’re very hands-on. And we take him to lunch. The worst thing you can do to a child, and I’ve seen it happen so many times, is the silver spoon. Being the child of a famous person is very difficult, and we’re very well aware of the pitfalls of that,” Elton adds.
They have one nanny and they take him to lunch! Crazy. I would think that one child would definitely require a team of caregivers. And they take him to lunch. But no silver spoons. Silver spoons are bad. I’m joking around. He is obviously someone that people love as evidenced by the fact that he is the chosen Godfather-to-the-stars. He is Godfather to Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s son Sean, Liz Hurley’s son Damian, and Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham. Turns out the superstar is a pretty obvious choice to espouse some parental wisdom.
Just don’t forget that there are less obvious sources for advice, Adele. My personal favorite is following strangers at the mall who have patient, well-behaved children. I study their interactions for clues. But it would probably be hard for you to anonymously follow anyone. And come to think of it – when is the last time you’ve seen the inside of a mall? Accosting nannies at the park wouldn’t really work either, as they might sell a story to the Daily Mail about what a confused new mum you are.
I guess celebrity advice-swapping makes sense after all.