31 Quotes From Celebs About Their Kids That Will Bring A Tear To Your Eye

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Being a parent is not an easy job, even for celebs. It turns out that kids don't care how famous you are; this will not stop them from demanding food, wanting to watch television, or just generally pooping everywhere. The trials of parenthood are often humanizing for celebs, which is why we love to hear their hilarious stories. It doesn't matter if they are new parents like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend or seasoned vets like Paul Thomas Anderson and Maya Rudolph, so many celebs have funny, moving quotes about their kids.

Whether it's on talk shows, award stages, or just in personal social media posts, celebrity parents love to talk about their kids — and they're even getting great material from their children, too. While usually the anecdotes are funny, they often show just how much the parents care about their kids. It's not uncommon for even famous parents to get a bit emotional when they talk about their children and, often enough, it'll cause us to do the same.

Whether hilarious or just plain adorable, these stories are bound to make you tear up a bit. Here are some of the best quotes from celebs about their kids and being parents.

1. Ryan Reynolds

“I’m surprised how patient I am with it. I feel like I could sometimes have a bit of a short fuse, but there’s just been this weirdly endless supply of patience," Ryan Reynolds told GQ. "I have no problem waking up five times in the middle of the night and changing diapers, and as exhausted as you get, I have this stupid grin on my face all the time. And that’s not because I have a nanny or something like that. It’s just us right now, and I love it.”

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2. John Legend

"You just have this little human that’s a product of yours and your partner’s love," John Legend said in an interview with Today. "And I think that’s really incredible to see ourselves reflected in our little child that we get to raise and teach and nurture, and I’m excited to do that."

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3. Reese Witherspoon

“If one of my kids tells another one to stop singing, I say, ‘Never tell somebody to stop singing. That means they’re happy or they have song in their heart,’" Witherspoon said, giving some parenting advice in People. “It’s a beautiful expression of who we are as human beings.”

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4. Melissa McCarthy

“Watching women become friends and then essentially become family, that’s the kind of thing I root for when I watch a movie,” Melissa McCarthy said to Bust magazine, explaining why it was moving to star in The Boss with her daughter. “I want to see that. I love to show women and girls uniting. I love showing that because I think so often in movies, you see women just fighting and not liking each other. That’s not real life. That’s not the norm.”

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5. Mila Kunis

“Everything is different, from the fact that you’re happy when you get six hours of sleep, to the idea of being responsible for this incredible, living, breathing, little human being that you can’t believe is yours," Mila Kunis told Business Insider.

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6. Kanye West

"One of the things was just to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my child's mother. As simple as that," Kanye West told The New York Times.

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7. Prince William

"The last few weeks for me have been a very different emotional experience, something I never thought I would feel myself," Prince William told CNN after the birth of his son George. "And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now."

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8. Dax Shepard

“When I look at her, it’s like when I was in 7th grade and fell in love for the first time, where it’s debilitating,” Dax Shephard told People magazine after his daughter, Lincoln, was born. “That’s available 24/7 if I want, which is amazing.”

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9. Ryan Gosling

"Your whole life you hear what it's like to have kids, and all the clichés are true. I felt I knew that everything would be different, but until you experience that, there's no way to really know what people mean," Ryan Gosling said in an interview with GQ. "I only know what it's like to have my kids. And in my situation, Eva's the dream mother, and they're dream babies, and it's like a dream that I'm having right now. I'm dreaming it all. So I feel so lucky.”

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10. Drew Barrymore

"My favorite thing about being a mom is just what a better person it makes you on a daily basis. Every morning when I wake her up, the endgame is, 'Can I get her to smile?' And that puts me in a good mood," Drew Barrymore told Good Housekeeping. "It's definitely a different way to live — and a much better one."

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11. Adam Brody

"I do a nice morning hike with my daughter, that’s always a treat. It’s something to do in the wee hours of the morning when she’s up. It’s a good activity for both of us," Adam Brody told People. "We hike around our house… Watching the sun rise with a kid is pretty fun.’

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12. Salma Hayek

"I remember the advice that my aunt gave me, my aunt who never had any babies. She spent some time with us when Valentina was not even 1 month old, and she said to me, 'Put her to sleep yourself every night. Sing to her and cradle her in your arms and sit by her side every night. Because one day, you won't be able to carry her anymore, and it's going to happen really fast," Salma Hayek said in an interview with Parents.

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13. Katie Holmes

“It’s very important that I’m present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there’s nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed,” Katie Holmes told People.

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14. Sam Worthington

“Last night with my kids at home," Sam Worthington said to People. “We were just dancing in the front room like we normally do. I’ve got young kids. I think we had some cartoon that was playing. I’m not good by other people’s standards, but my kids like me dancing. They think I’m funny. My son was banging a bongo drum and revving me up.”

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15. Kimberly Schlapman

“Daisy does not know there’s anything she can’t do,” Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman told People in an interview about her daughters. “She’s such a believer in herself and it’s something that my parents tried to instill in me, but I was really shy.”

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16. Neil Patrick Harris

“The older they get, the more I love being a dad. Now that they’re talking, I’m really loving the camp counselor end of parenting,” Neil Patrick Harris said according to People Magazine. “I’m all about reasoning. If they fall and are okay but crying, David [Burtka, Harris' partner] will be the hugger, and I’ll be the ‘Show me where it hurts; let’s talk about it’ one. I come from a family of lawyers, so explanation is crucial.”

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17. Jimmy Fallon

“I didn’t think it was going to be this fun,” Jimmy Fallon told People magazine. “But everything just gets heightened when you have a baby. The volume gets turned up on life. I never knew I could be this happy, and that’s the truth

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18. Idris Elba

"More than anything you have to make time to be with your children," Idris Elba told Cosmo UK. "It's something I battle a lot because of my career, because as much as it's nice to be busy and working, ultimately children don't raise themselves. You've got to be there to help them and guide them through it. That's one thing I try my very best to do."

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19. Jennifer Lopez

“They just make my life so much better,” Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with Today. “I’m forever grateful. I didn’t have kids until later. I almost thought it wasn’t going to happen for me, so I’m very aware that I was blessed with that and it could have been something different. I don’t take it for granted.”

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20. Chris Pratt

“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” Chris Pratt said in a speech about the premature birth of his son given at a March of Dimes charity event, according to Variety. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”

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21. Carrie Underwood

“He is a bit of a ham, and he knows it,” Carrie Underwood told People about her son Isaiah. “He knows when he’s being funny. And I’ll start laughing at something, and he’ll keep doing it. He loves to sing, he loves to dance and he loves to just be kind of a show-off. So I laugh all day, every day.”

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22. Matt Damon

"The only way I can describe it — it sounds stupid, but — at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows, like, five times its size?" Matt Damon told Parade, describing fatherhood. "Everything is full; it’s just full all the time"

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23. Hoda Kotb

“Can you believe I have a daughter?" Hoda Kotb said in an interview with People. “I didn’t know that my heart can feel like this. With all the love I’ve ever had in my life — I’ve had the love of a wonderful mom, a wonderful man, the best siblings — I never ever imagined that I could feel this kind of … it’s like a warm hand on my heart. She’s learning [sic] up against me and I’m over the moon.”

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24. David Beckham

"I'm in the room with her trying to pick out outfits and anything which I pick out, which I think looks great, she puts back in. She’s 2½!" David Beckham told Jonathan Ross about his daughter.

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25. Viola Davis

“You know what it was? I always just wanted to be different. I didn’t want to live a provincial life. In my brain I thought if I got married and had a kid, that’s just too ordinary, and I wanted to be extraordinary,” Viola Davis told People. "[But then] I wanted my life to mean and be something deeper. That’s when the urge came, and the urge was just very, very, very, strong. So I have a kid now and she is just the light of our lives.”

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26. Megan Boone

"Meeting her was not the reaction that I expected. She was put on my chest and in my arms, and I fell instantly in love with this brand new person that I had never met," Megan Boone told People after the birth of her first daughter. “It’s just strange that in my head I would have this expectation that I would find her familiar, but really the familiarity is in the day to day, and getting to know her.”

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27. Tina Fey

"I'm home with the kids, which is great, more. But now you're just like a human napkin for kids, like, they just wipe their face on you and stuff," Tina Fey joked to the Los Angeles Times.

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28. Diego Luna

“Imagine your kid really wants you to go to work. Before, work was what separated us, but now work is what he feels the proudest of because I’m part of Star Wars. In the mornings he would be like, ‘Get out of here and go to work'," Diego Luna told People after starring in Star Wars: Rogue One. “It’s special also as a father to be able to share the passion for something with your kid. I’m truly a fan. I went to see Episode VII with my son.”

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29. Amy Poehler

"When your children arrive, the best you can hope for is that they break open everything about you. Your mind floods with oxygen. Your heart becomes a room with wide-open windows," Amy Poehler said in her nonfiction book Yes Please.

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30. Jim Gaffigan

"People treat having a kid as somehow retiring from success. Quitting. Have you seen a baby? They’re pretty cute. Loving them is pretty easy. Smiling babies should actually be categorized by the pharmaceutical industry as a powerful antidepressant," Gaffigan said in his book Dad Is Fat. "Being happy is really the definition of success, isn’t it?”

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31. Tom Hardy

"There's such a blissful sense of otherness that I can't remember what it was like to not have children. I used to think a lot about myself. I still do, I guess. I mean, I have the capacity to indulge in myself. My primary relationship was with myself, and that was interrupted irrevocably when I found out I was going to be a father," Tom Hardy told GQ. "There was the idea that in order to look after someone else, you must first truly look after yourself. I need to be fit and good to go and get sh*t done. I was healthy and already had a lot of sh*t behind me — rehab and all that — but I didn't have an anchor. A child is an anchor."

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