Moms lives are busy… harried… complicated… with lots of joy sprinkled throughout. Celebrity moms are just like any other mom—they love their kids, multi-task like crazy, and they just want the best for their kids. The following famous moms prove that moms aren’t just caretakers –they are also capable of taking care of business. These 30 most admired celebrity moms are women we can look up to, love, and learn from.
1. Busy Philipps
How adorable (or it is adorkable) is Busy Philips? On her brand new talk show “Busy Tonight”, the actress isn’t afraid to talk about her busy life… balancing career and raising her two daughters. A glance at her Instagram reveals a treasure trove of photos of the busy (pun intended) mom and her girls enjoying life in Southern California.
It’s Queen Bey’s world. The rest of us just live in it. Nothing stops Bey. While she was pregnant with her first child she kept strutting her stuff on stage. Did you catch her performance at the 2017 Grammys? She was pregnant with twins at the time. Once the twins were born, she got back to work and absolutely slayed the Coachella Music Festival in 2018.
3. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are the celebrity couple who encompass all of our #relationshipgoals. They could not be cuter, and she could not be sassier. She isn’t afraid to say exactly what’s on her mind… whether that’s about being a mom to Luna and Miles or about her love for her cheese wheel. (By the way, we want that cheese wheel too!)
4. Michelle Obama
Recently Michelle Obama was named the most admired woman in America. So, naturally, she makes our list as one of the most admired celebrity moms. The former First Lady and author of “Becoming” balances her public life with her mom duties. Sasha and Malia seem to have a solid grasp of reality despite having grown up at the most famous address in the United States. No doubt, that’s due to their amazing mama’s influence!
5. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is an all-around wonder woman. She slays on the tennis court and isn’t afraid to talk about her difficult delivery or her bouts with postpartum depression. Oh, and by the way, she was two months pregnant when she absolutely dominated the tennis courts down under. She beat her sister Venus at the 2017 Australian Open to win the tournament.
6. Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney isn’t just George’s wife. She’s one of the top human rights lawyers in the U.K. She had an amazing career long before she met her Hollywood husband. Marriage and being a mother to twins hasn’t slowed down her work with the United Nations on issues like diplomatic immunity. Amal proves that we can have it all.
7. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and the author of the bestselling book, “Lean In.” Her husband Dave Goldberg passed away unexpectedly while they were vacationing in Mexico in 2015. Suddenly, Sandberg had to face her grief while still being a mother to two kids, running a multi-billion dollar business, and sitting on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, and the Center for Global Development. Oh, and she also found time to co-write the book “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy”, about living through a devastating loss.
8. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner spent years mired in her very public divorce from Ben Affleck for years, and she did it with grace and serenity. She’s mom to Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel and by all accounts, co-parents amicably with her ex. Her Instagram account shows the busy mom being a mom—even when it gets messy.
9. Hoda Kotb
“Today Show” host Hoda Kotb very publicly battled breast cancer, which left her unable to have kids of her own. That didn’t stop her from fulfilling her dream of being a mom. In 2017, Hoda and her longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman adopted a baby girl they named Haley Joy. Since then she’s balanced her busy schedule at Today with being a mom and she’s never looked happier.
10. Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy has played some of the funniest roles in movies and television and she’s never let the fact that she’s not a size 2 stop her. She’s a mom to Vivian and Georgette and she’s setting a good example for her girls with her body-positive attitude. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the film, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
11. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon’s kids are certainly their mother’s children: they look so much like her you’d probably recognize them anywhere! Ava Elizabeth Phillippe (20), Deacon Reese Phillippe (15), and Tennessee James Toth (6) are devoted to their mom. Ava was born when Reece was still very young, just 23years old. Reece has said that even though it was scary, she thinks there were advantages in starting her family so early and she “wouldn’t have had it any other way.” The actress says that motherhood is “the biggest part of her life.”
12. Viola Davis
Viola Davis is a devoted mom to her adopted daughter (“born from the heart and not from the belly”), Genesis. Genesis was adopted by Viola and her husband, Julius Tennon, in 2011. Genesis has already shown an affinity for show business, loving to pose for the camera. How cute!
13. Kate Hudson
The sunny and cheerful Kate has three kids: 15-year-old Ryder Robinson, seven-year-old Bingham Hawn Bellamy, and five-month-old baby Rami Rose Hudson Fujikawa. Kate and her children spend lots of time together, and there’s no doubt that the actress is a parent we can all admire.
14. Halle Berry
Halle Berry is a loving and protective mom to her kids Nahla Ariela Aubry (10)and Maceo Martinez (5). On Instagram, she has explained that she tried to “find creative ways to incorporate them into my feed because they are the biggest part of my life, but I also work very hard to keep their identities as private as I can.”
15. Mariska Hargitay
Mariska has referred to her kids as her “teachers.” She is a wise and enlightened mother to kids August Miklos Fredrick Hermann (12), Andrew Nicholas Hargitay Hermann (7), and Amaya Josephine Hermann (7). Lots of parents could use a few tips from Mariska, so it’s time to take some notes.
R&B recording artist Ciara has two children: Future Zahir Wilburn (4) and Sienna Princess Wilson (1). Future Zahir is from a previous relationship and Sienna’s father is Ciara’s current husband, Russell Williams. Ciara declares that being a mother has “changed me for the better. It’s made me not sweat the small stuff.” She believes that motherhood “gives you more compassion in life and more love in your heart.”
17. Kelly Rowland
A former member of Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland makes sure her son Titan Jewell Weatherspoon (4) has playdates with Beyonce’s kids. The children have been brought yachting together on the Amalfi Coast and around Sardinia. Kelly is married to Tim Weatherspoon.
18. Kelly Clarkson
Singer and mentor to other aspiring vocalists on The Voice, Kelly Clarkson has two children with her husband Brandon Blackstock: River Rose Blackstock (4) and Remington Alexander Blackstock (2). As if she wasn’t already busy enough, Clarkson has also authored two children’s books. They are inspired by her daughter and are entitled River Rose and the Magical Lullaby and River Rose and the Magical Christmas.
19. Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett is yet another amazing celebrity mom. She has thirteen-year-old twins with husband actor Courtney B. Vance: daughter Brownyn Vance and son Slater Vance.
20. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has a set of seven-year-old twins: Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon. Their father is an actor (and Mariah’s ex-husband), Nick Cannon. Mariah is noted for bringing along the twins to her performances and other events. They have even been background singers for performances of her song, “All I Want for Christmas.”
21. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is a devoted mom to two children with Coldplay musician Chris Martin, Apple Martin (14) and Moses Martin (12). Most of us have heard of Gwyneth and Chris’s unconventional “conscious uncoupling” and it’s clear that the two are just as independent thinking when it comes to how they raise their children. Paltrow and her ex-husband are known for being amazing at co-parenting.
22. Jennifer Lopez
Songstress Jennifer Lopez has two adorable kids she has called her “coconut” twins: boy Maximilian David Muniz and girl Emme Maribel Muniz, 11 years old. She has posted videos of her children singing on Instagram.
23. Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa is the proud mother of two teenagers, Joaquin Antonio Consuelos (16) and Lola Grace Consuelos (17). She also has a 21-year-old son, Michael Joseph Consuelos.
Adele had son Angelo Adkins with her ex-husband in 2012. The singer is admired by many for her free-spirited parenting style, letting her son dress up as Anna from “Frozen” on a Disney vacation.
25. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt have six kids. Three of them, Maddox (16), Zahara (12), and Pax (12) are adopted. Angelina is a wonderful mother who does many admirable things, including encouraging her children to have a global view of the world. She ensures that her adopted children understand and feel a strong connection to their places of birth.
26. Victoria Beckham
Ex-Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham has been married to her husband footballer David since 1999. They have four kids, Romeo, Brooklyn, Cruz and Harper. They are known for having an adventurous lifestyle, living in places as far-flung as Spain and L.A., but they enjoy their London townhouse, too. Victoria is a loving British mum, always talking about and focusing on her kids.
27. Meghan Markle
There’s no question that the Duchess of Sussex is a royal, but the former Hollywood actress is certainly a celebrity, too. The former Suits star gave birth to son Archie with husband Prince Harry in May of this year. Meghan and Harry are doting parents, showing off their beloved baby boy on their recent royal tour of Africa.
28. Blake Lively
Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds are renowned for the way they fiercely protect their children’s privacy. They even covered the face of their newest baby, born this summer, with a smiley face in an Instagram post. The protective pair clearly want their three kids to have as normal a childhood as possible.
29. Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith is admired not only for her movie success and new web series but dedication as a mother. She has two children with husband actor, Will Smith: Jaden Smith (20) and Willow Smith (18). On A VH1 Special called Dear Mama, she revealed that she considers motherhood to be her most important job.
This fabulous singer-songwriter is also one of the most admired celebrity moms to her kids, daughter Willow Sage Hart (7) and son Jameson Moon Hart (2). So many fans admire P!nk’s parenting skills that articles have been written setting out her pearls of wisdom. Here’s just one example of her useful, down-to-earth advice: “You’re doing the best you can, which is amazing, and all children really need is love.”