Gordon Ramsay's No-Nonsense Parenting Style: How The Famous Chef Teaches His Four Kids To Value Hard Work
September 4, 2018 17:42 By Fabiosa
It’s easy for us to assume that being a child of a celebrity means living a life of luxury. Actually, this isn’t always the case: many celebrity parents choose not to spoil their kids; instead, they teach them about the value of hard work. One of these parents is star chef Gordon Ramsay.
Gordon Ramsay’s parenting style
Gordon Ramsay is a self-made man. His childhood wasn’t easy, but his dedication and hard work made him one of the most successful and well-known chefs in the world. Ramsay wants his four children – Matilda, Megan, Holly, and Jack – to follow in his footsteps, and we don’t mean a career on TV or becoming professional chefs.
Ramsay and his wife Tana teach their kids that privileges come with hard work. The dad of four caught flak last year when he revealed that he and his wife don’t let their kids fly first class. Defending this choice, the celebrity chef told The Telegraph:
I am not embarrassed. It is my wife [Tana] and I’s choice to discipline them and to keep them real.
They have a completely different life than I did growing up. I worked my a** off to get out of the s*** mess that I grew up in and they’re grateful, they’re not spoilt.
While Ramsay and his wife will provide for their kids until they get on their feet, the children are not going to inherit the immense fortune their dad has accumulated over the years. In the same interview, Ramsay said:
It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them. The only thing I’ve agreed with Tana is they get a 25 per cent deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat.
Gordon Ramsay is not that strict after all
Ramsay expects his kids to fend for themselves once they grow up, and it’s actually a proof of his love – he wants his kids to grow into independent and well-adjusted adults.
Ramsay doesn’t get mad when his kids get bad grades at school. The dad knows from his own experience that your intelligence and ability to succeed in life is not defined by grades. He also believes the school system is seriously flawed – it puts too much pressure on children.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, he said:
I didn’t do well at school but I did well at cooking. And so I’m grateful for the way I was pushed and I think pushing yourself from 11 is important. Kids being made to feel inadequate because they can’t study algebra, or they don’t understand how to spell Czechoslovakia by the time they’re 10 is dreadful. Cooking is a great way of experimenting and developing a character. And cooking with no fear is amazing. Baking is chemistry, so forget physics at school.
What’s the takeaway here? Good grades don’t guarantee success. Here’s what’s really important: finding what you love and learning to do it exceptionally well.
A celebrity couple with a similar approach
While Ramsay’s approach to bringing up children may not be very common among celebrities, there are some other celeb couples who share the sentiment. The Beckhams’ parenting ways are somewhat similar.
Like Gordon and Tana Ramsay, David and Victoria Beckham are proud parents of four.
In an interview with The Telegraph, David Beckham said:
We have always led by example, in terms of the way we treat our children, with the way we look after our children, the way we love our children.
But we are very strict parents. We want to bring them up as closely as possible to how we were brought, because you have to give them manners, you have to give them boundaries and our children definitely have that.
Part of this parenting style is encouraging your kids to work ordinary jobs. Victoria Beckham spoke on The Ellen Show about her son Brooklyn:
He's worked in the local café cleaning up dishes for the last two years, which I think is great. It's important that the kids have a good work ethic and try to help other people as well.
It’s good to know that there are celebrities who keep it real for their kids. After all, it’s for their own good!