Madonna reveals her parenting mantra: Singer has FIVE 'non-negotiable house rules' for her children
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Madonna posted a photo of her 'house rules' in an Instagram story on Sunday, March 19, showing a board with her five non-negotiable rules written on it. "1. Smile, 2. Be Happy, 3. Listen to Others, 4. Speak Kindness, 5. Be Happy with What You Have," read the poster displayed by the pop singer. The 'Material Girl' star has twin daughters Estere and Stella, 10, Mercy James, 17, David, 17, Lourdes, 26, and Rocco, 22.
Her house rules center on positivity and include being happy, being a listener, expressing kindness, and being content with what you have. In the story, she was holding the poster in front of her as she gave a grave expression at the camera. She wore her red hair in loose curls and kept her visage fresh with an everyday lip color. The performer, who is rumored to be dating boxing instructor Josh Popper, 29, wore a floral-patterned pullover and trousers.
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'Motherhood has been the most difficult, hardest battle'
Earlier in January, Madonna disclosed more about her parenting style in a cover story for Vanity Fair's "Icon Issue" where she admitted that growing up with her as a parent is 'challenge' for her children.' "Today I am still struggling to understand how to be a mother and do my job," Madonna said, noting that being a mother "has been the most difficult, hardest battle." Madonna went on to say that observing how each of her children "has found their creativity" is what gives her happiness as a mother. "Having children and raising them is a work of art. No one gives you a manual. You have to learn from mistakes. It is a profession that requires a lot of time. And it is exhausting because there is never rest," she said.
'What is life without friends and family?'
Earlier this month, Madonna showed that her children had been assisting her in preparation for her upcoming global 'The Celebration Tour,' which celebrates her career's 40th anniversary. The global tour, which kicks off on July 15 in Vancouver, Canada, will feature the music legend performing some of her all-time hits. An inside look at tour preparations on her Instagram stories revealed the music diva bringing her four little ones to the practice area. "What is a life without friends and family?" Madonna wrote for the first picture which showed her bent down. Later, she shared images of her with twins Estere and Stella who were clad in all black t-shirt and tracks. Mercy James, her daughter, was seen clenching her lips and standing behind the piano in a graphic tee and denims in another picture. Her son David was photographed in black-and-white, sitting behind a recording device and holding a guitar.