Katie Holmes on the one parenting goal that guides how she’s raising Suri

Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes

When it comes to raising her daughter Suri, Katie Holmes says some days she’s better at it than others. The fiercely private actress has opened up about her parenting priorities in a refreshingly candid interview. 

Solo parenting

The 39-year-old actress, whose marriage and divorce to Tom Cruise (one of Hollywood’s more controversial actors) has been well-documented, has found it hard to shift the spotlight off her 11-year-old daughter and her own choices as a single mum.

It has been widely reported, but unconfirmed by both Tom and Katie, that Tom is no longer involved in his daughter’s life and Katie has been raising Suri on her own. Whatever the truth of the matter, Katie’s recent interview with Today sheds some light on her approach to parenting, and it appears she’s got her priorities right when it comes to being a mum.

“Raise good humans”

Katie says the number one job of every parent is to “raise good humans”. This is such a simple concept, yet a very important one. It keeps the end goal in mind in the midst of the daily pressures daily parenting life. But exactly how does the busy Hollywood actress and director manage to do it?

“I do a lot to put perspective on life,”says Katie in her interview with Today.

A goal that must be hard to achieve when your job means red carpet events, expensive clothes and fancy holidays are part of your daily life. But Katie is determined to keep her daughter grounded by teaching her humility and empathy.

“We help out the homeless. We do small acts of kindness. Again, itโ€™s a daily thing. I donโ€™t over-gift. I donโ€™t inundate my child with a lot of things. Weโ€™re trying to raise good humans and some days weโ€™re better at it than others. You donโ€™t always get treats,” she added.

“I listen to her”

It’s a common complaint from parents that their children never listen to them, but a lot of the time kids also feel unheard. In contrast to this, it’s clear that Katie knows the key to understanding your child is to offer a listening ear, so you can foster their talents and passions while developing their character.

“We just focus on what sheโ€™s passionate about and how you feel when you achieve your goals. Be true to your sense of opinions. I listen to her. Itโ€™s a daily thing. I try to reward her for her hard work, and not necessarily the results of the hard work,” the former Dawson’s Creek star revealed.

A fun mum

Katie seems to have her head and heart in the right place when it comes to being a mum, but it’s also nice to see that she hasn’t lost her sense of humour either. 

“I also demand a 100 on a spelling test!” the star joked.

Katie often shares photos of herself and Suri on social media having fun, like this recent photo of the pair watching the Oscars in their living room at home.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ’—

A post shared by Katie Holmes (@katieholmes212) on

Keep up the great work mama! We think Suri is going to turn into a strong woman and amazing human.

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