It’s hard not to love Mila Kunis. In every interview she gives, she often comes off as being super down-to-earth and honest about what it’s like being a mom. The Jewish actress was recently a guest on the Australian podcast The Kyle and Jackie O Show to talk about parenting and her new movie, “Bad Moms.”
Prior to becoming parents, Kunis claims that she and husband Ashton Kutcher talked about how to raise kids–particularly, how not to raise brats:
“The one topic of conversation we had even prior to ever having kids was always, ‘How do you raise a child to not be an ass?’”
She went on to say why it’s so important to the couple that their kids remain humble:
“It’s so important because we both came from pretty solid poverty backgrounds and grew up very poor and are very much self-made and are very aware of what a dollar is worth. Nothing’s been handed to us.”
Now that Kunis is a mom of two, she also understands that you can never start teaching your kids too soon–although she also adds that her kids will definitely have a different kind of childhood, as they’ll never have “ketchup soup for dinner.” She stated:
“It’s a matter of teaching them from a very early age that, you know, ‘Mommy and Daddy may have a dollar, but you’re poor. You are very poor, you have nothing. Mommy and Daddy have a bank account.’”
While her kids will definitely understand a kind of privilege most other kids won’t, it’s refreshing to hear that she doesn’t want to raise her kids to be spoiled or entitled, because she and her husband can get them jobs easily. This is a lesson every child should, and can, learn–because hard work means you’re proud of your own capabilities–and that’s more valuable than taking the easy route.