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Reese Witherspoon: I Want My Kids Teased and Bullied

Reese Witherspoon: I Want My Kids Teased and Bullied

Reese Witherspoon strolls along Santa Monica Blvd. with the nanny, her daughter Ava, 8, and son Deacon, 4, in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Reese, 31, was interviewed on Good Morning America earlier this morning to chat up her new film, Penelope. The film is about a girl named Penelope, who ends up with a pig’s nose and ears as the result of a family curse. Reese related herself and her kids to pig-nosed Penelope:

“We all sort of deal with that in our own childhood or raising children. I wouldn’t want my kids to miss out on any of that teasing and bullying. It makes you who you are–when you don’t make the soccer team and you can’t… The thing that drives me crazy today is everyone wins the award. Everyone wins an MVP. No. They’re not! I distinctly recall the two weeks of crying because I didn’t make the volleyball team. It made me interesting.

And what if Reese‘s kids don’t make the soccer team one day?

“You know what?” Reese said. “You deal with. Hopefully, it helps kids figure out who they are. But it is tough as a parent. But that’s part of being a parent!”

Penelope opens on Friday, Feb. 29. That’s right, leap year day! It’s the first film to open on leap year day since 1980!

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67 Responses to “Reese Witherspoon: I Want My Kids Teased and Bullied”

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  1. 1
    Sheldon Says:

    lol @ Reese!

  2. 2
    HeyJessica Says:


  3. 3
    HeyJessica Says:


  4. 4
    Sc gal Says:

    She’s so right. I wish more parents would understand that too.

  5. 5
    Totally Agree! Says:

    She’s soooo right!

    Way to go Reese- nice to see she’s sticking to her old-fashioned-Southern roots especially living in Hollyweird where excess is the norm not the extreme!

  6. 6
    Carrie Says:

    I agree with her completely. I thought it was well-said too.
    It really DOES build character, it makes you kinda scrappy, so you can roll with the punches.

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    pengy Says:


    No where in the interview does Reese say the words “I want my kids teased and bullied” therefore, it’s irresponsible for you to imply that she said those words in the heading of your article.

  8. 8
    bejeebus Says:

    she has common sense, intelligence and good values. there is a lot to admire in reese. wish there were more people and parents like her.

  9. 9
    pete Says:

    being teased and bullied is why so many kids shoot up their schools nowadays

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    jannie Says:

    We understand Ms. Witherspoonful: since you were tormented as a kid you want your kids to be tormented too. Good for them, eh? Would you want them abused in addition? Not that you were, but hey, it might toughen them up a bit, eh? Maybe you could get Jakeypoo to torment them some way or another, so that it could be calibrated and supervised. Think Jakey would be game for that? LOL.

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    Amy Says:

    She’s a brilliant woman! Pete, kids used to get beat up all the time. The difference is that now we have “self esteem training” which pscyhologists have recently discovered has created a generation full of narcissism. Telling kids they always win and they can have anything and be anything is what screws us up, not bullying. Kids don’t learn to handle dissapointment from an early age.

    My dad used to get beat up by his neighbors all the time, but one day the little brother tried to beat him up alone and my dad popped him right in the face. My dad is a well adjusted adult. He’s the best guy in his office at his job, he has two kids who are in private college with no major mental issues, he’s been married for 30 years. He seems well adjusted to me. He’s never shot anyone. He’s not twitchy or reserved.

    Then you have about half my ex-boyfriends who sand “I am special, I am special, look at me” in third grade and they don’t know how to handle getting dumped or rejected. Do you wonder why there are so many more stalkers these days?

    Reese is right. We aren’t all the MVP. This is life, and if we shelter kids from it now we only impair them in the future.

  12. 12
    jannie Says:

    “No where in the interview does Reese say the words “I want my kids teased and bullied”

    No she says:

    “I wouldn’t want my kids to miss out on any of that teasing and bullying.”

    Which is essentially the same thing. She says in effect “I would not want my kids not to be teased and bullied.” Two negatives=one positive. See?

  13. 13
    jannie Says:

    Please note she “cares” for them via a nanny, like the rich aristocratic English do.She is not aristocratic other than being Southern, but she is very very rich. And she walks on ahead by herself while the kids run after her with their nanny. She is already teaching them that “mommy is a very busy woman, and important too, and may not always have much time for you. You kids sort of have to accept that…”

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    Maria (Shorty) Says:

    This is one woman who knows how to separate fantasy (movies) and real life. She knows what it’s like to be picked on and — sad to say — it’s a fact of life. She’s preparing her children for life — a Mother’s most important task. Good for her!!

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    Maria (Shorty) Says:

    Amy: HERE! HERE!!

  16. 16
    tr Says:

    You sound like a miserable obsessive person. You should seek therapy for your obvious jealousy and anger issues.

  17. 17
    Polly Says:

    You sound jealous of Reese. Get over it. She’s beautiful, rich, successful, talented and classy. YOU are a little piece of nothing compared to her. Sucks to be you.

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    Maria (Shorty) Says:

    Jannie. You need to get your facts together. The ‘rich’ British aristocrats were not the only people who had nannies. My friend in the UK had a nanny and her parents were niether ‘rich’ or aristocrats. ‘Regular’ working women have nannies as well.

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    pengy Says:

    My point, Jannie, is the two following statements:

    “I want my kids teased and bullied” (which Jared used as the headline)

    “I wouldn’t want my kids to miss out on any of that teasing and bullying.” (which Reese actually said)

    The first statement is much more shocking and blunt which is why it was used. My problem is that it was made to look like a direct quote, which it wasn’t. And that is wrong. Her words were twisted to use as shock value and then misrepresented as a direct quote.

  20. 20
    food for thought... Says:

    Can’t commenters leave their own opinions without being attacked by others’= i.e.: polly & maria- sure, you don’t have to agree with jannie’s view on reese, but to then go on the “warpath” and “attack” her because she has a differing opinion/viewpoint as you do? That’s insane! Also- hasn’t anyone here learned to debate/disagree civily? Makes a world of difference when you are trying to get your point/opinion/view across… No one will take your point seriously if you muck it up with verbal insults… Just a little food for thought…

  21. 21
    food for thought... Says:

    Sorry- meant to say: polly and tr… not maria…

  22. 22
    passingby Says:

    That is not a Nanny, that is Reese’s mother and her children’s grandmother.

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    hohum Says:

    What she is trying to convey is that children need a little hardship in their lives in order to deal with everything that will come their way once they reach adulthood- INSTEAD of being yes’d to death as the younger generations have, starting with all this “let’s protect the child’s self-esteem”-psychology. I do not think that she is implying that it is alright for children to be “bullied” to excess- just that it is good for them to expeirence a little dissapointment in order to build the life skills they will need to grow into productive members of society and therefore be able to put those learned skills to use once life has really taken hold of them…

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    jannie Says:

    pengy: you split hairs to excess. The two statements are substantially the same. As for Reese, I couldn’t care less about her one way or another and why should I be envious? She makes more money than I do, although I am not poor by any means, so what? So does Tom Cruise and a zillion other people. I simply comment on some odd things in her statements. If her “nanny” is the grandmother, fine. Having a nanny of any kind sure makes parenting a lot less “tough”. I suspect she wants sympathy where none is due. Yeah it’s really TOUGH being a parent when you make 20 million a movie and have a nanny to take care of the children. Poor poor overburdened Whitherspoonful.

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    Anon Says:

    Reese is doing that bcz she wants the paparazzi who is stalking them to take her picture and stop pestering her kids. These animals shout and say terrible things in front of children, so che really has a difficult time going places alone with them and getting ambushed. They really need some stricter laws about paps and little kids and also about them shouting at people and chasing people in cars. Years ago the chased Reese and caused an accident. Fortunately, she wasn’t injured. She is a strong person to handle things as well as she does. I agree the headline is totally misleading. Reese is right. Kids need to face some adversity. It builds character. Sometimes you have to be disappointed. Some times you have to try really hard and lose. Or not get picked. That’s how real life is.

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