Blake Lively on Womanhood, Parenting, and Mother's Day

Updated 05/07/19
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One can only imagine what it's like to grow up with Blake Lively for a mother. She's a successful actress who somehow manages to be simultaneously glamorous and effortless, all while appearing to be one of the most relatable women in Hollywood. For example, the mom of two graced the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala in a truly stunning Versace gown said to have taken over 600 hours to make. While she looked like something straight out of a baroque painting, she told Vanity Fair that she was up at 7 a.m. the next day for a fight session with her trainer.

Blake Lively on Womanhood

"It's so cool to be a woman," she tells the mag, "because you get to pretend dress-up like a Queen, and then you get to kick ass and fight. I'm glad that my daughters get to see that, the full spectrum of womanhood." Lively seems proud to act as a role model for her children, and for good reason. She takes her work seriously, appreciates the opportunities she has to get all dolled up for an extravagant affair, relishes her time spent feeling powerful in the gym, and works to provide a normal life for her family (you'd be hard-pressed to find an image of Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds's two daughters, James and Ines, on the internet.)

And that's not all we like about Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds's parenting style. Below, we rounded up our favorite parenting-isms the internet has chronicled for posterity:

On Learning About Parenthood As We Go

HuffPost quoted Lively's thoughts on the relationship between parenting and improvisation: "So do I know how to be the best parent for a daughter? No, I have no idea. All I can do is share what I’m thinking ― and learn from others.”

On Raising Authentic Children

Lively once told Refinery29, “There’s this awareness of what they’re going to be exposed to and what they grow up seeing,” and adds, “For me, it’s important for my daughters to know that it’s not real life. They’re seeing me dressed up in all this hair and makeup, but they also see me without that. I want them to see both sides, because there is never just one side.”

On Gratitude

For Mother's Day, Lively is more focused on giving back to others rather than receiving anything for herself. "I feel so fortunate that my kids have more than what they need," she said at a Baby2Baby and Shutterfly Mother's Day celebration and fundraising event for low-income families in NYC. "On Mother's Day, you start to get greedy—'What do I want for Mother's Day?'—and I have everything I need and then some," the actress admitted. "It's so important to think outside of ourselves," she says.

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