BETTEâ€™S BEST PARENTING ADVICE
December 25, 2012
Bette Midler and Billy Crystal play a pair of comical grandparents to Marisa Tomeiâ€™s three rambunctious kids in the holiday film Parental Guidance. Hear what the three stars had to say about parenting and grand-parenting in real life.
Bette Midler isnâ€™t a grandma yet, but she canâ€™t wait to be one.
â€œI canâ€™t wait,â€ Midler told SheKnows, of her hopes that 26-year-old daughter Sophie will have kids one day. â€œIâ€™ve been nagging her since she was 15. Every time I talk about it I say, â€˜Iâ€™m going to grab that kid and Iâ€™m running away with it.â€™ And of course sheâ€™s like, â€˜Just stop it, would you?â€™ Because she knows I will.â€
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In the film, Midler and Billy Crystal both play the â€œold schoolâ€ grandparents to Marisa Tomei’s tight-laced, New Age mother figure. While Tomeiâ€™s character has the kids on sugar-free diets, Crystalâ€™s character gives them cake. While Tomei dresses her daughter conservatively, Midler wants to get her a sequin cocktail dress.
But it appears Midler and her character both know best. Tomei told us Midler and Crystal both worked great with the kids.
â€œI had a lot of laughs watching Bette teach Kyle,â€ said Tomei. â€œWe were all trying to get him to say this one line, and somehow sheâ€™s the one who got him to say it. They were great with the kids. They are really funny, really warm people.â€
Crystal, who has grandchildren, told us the movie really resonated with him because he is currently in his â€œgrandparent phase.â€ Unlike his character, though, he says he is enjoying it more.
But Crystal and Midler seem to have a grounded grasp of valuable parenting techniques, so we doubt theyâ€™re actually screwing anybody up. When asked the most important lesson their own parents taught them, Crystal told us, â€œMy mom said listen to them. Use your common sense.â€
And Midler chimed in with, â€œDonâ€™t think that theyâ€™re you. And theyâ€™re not yours. Youâ€™re just getting them ready to give to the world.â€
It sounds like Midler is going to make a fabulous grandma one day.