Amal and George Clooney are seen as the perfect role models. In addition to being affectionate to one another, they are also exemplary parents. The couple rarely reveals any details about their personal lives, but they do speak openly about their approach to raising children. We think there’s a lot of wisdom in their outlook.
“We just felt we’d gotten very lucky, both of us, and we should share whatever good luck we’ve got. It would seem self-centered to just have that belong to us,” commented Clooney on their decision to become parents. At the time of the twins’ birth, the actor was 56, and his wife was 39. The couple prepared for their new roles as they immediately realized the extent of responsibility that falls on their shoulders. Moreover, George had one thought constantly going through his mind, “I hope I don’t screw this up.”
The lawyer did go back to work, but not even then did the couple hire full-time help. The nanny comes to the Clooney household four times a week. The rest of the time, the parents look after their children themselves.
Sharing parenting duties has helped the couple establish a balance between work and family life. The actor could have never imagined that, at any point in his life, his main task would be to change diapers. But fate is unpredictable, and, according to his wife, he has excelled in this endeavor.
During a TV appearance, the actor once revealed that already at the age of five, their daughter and son speak three languages. In addition to English and French, the siblings are learning Italian, which, incidentally, neither Clooney nor his wife can speak. This allows the twins to keep their own secrets from their parents.
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While some celebrity parents are happy to share pictures on social media of their children growing up, the Clooneys are doing their best to avoid it. The actor and the lawyer make a point by not having their own social media pages. Moreover, they are strongly opposed to any outside interference in their twins’ lives. So, when the paparazzi climbed over the fence of their home to capture some photos of the babies, Clooney decided to punish them to the fullest extent of the law.
The couple has openly appealed to the press, urging them not to publish photos of their children. The parents want to allow Alexander and Ella to live normal lives, just like other children. They even chose fairly common names for the twins to add some “normalcy” to the twins’ already unusual lives.
That’s why they decided to raise their children differently. “It’s challenging to remind children who have been born into this glass of celebrity and money to have empathy for people who aren’t as fortunate as they are. That’s going to be Amal’s and my job to teach our children, and it’s an important one.”
“[It’s given me] a sense of belonging and a sense of home and unconditional love — all the things that you were hoping you could get from a really good career and a dog. You realize that this is a lot more than that,” the actor says.
Why do you think many people see parenthood as their main goal in life?