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Kelly Clarkson has been a famous face for almost 20 years. She became popular in 2002 as the first winner of American Idol and, subsequently, a singer with many hit singles. These days, Clarkson can be seen as a coach on The Voice and a host on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

While many fans know of Clarkson’s bubbly, outgoing personality that she often showcases on TV, not everyone knows what she is like as a parent. Clarkson has been a mother for several years now, and she has also spoken out many times about the ups and downs of parenthood. Read on below to find out how Clarkson parents her kids.

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How many kids does Kelly Clarkson have?

Clarkson married music manager Brandon Blackstock in 2013 and became a stepmother to his two children: Savannah (b. 2002) and Seth (b. 2006).

Clarkson and Blackstock also have two kids together: River Rose (b. 2014) and Remington (b. 2016).

Although Clarkson seems happy with the four children in her life now, the singer has shared that she does not see more kids in her future at the moment. When asked by E! News about whether she would have another baby, Clarkson said: “Unless someone dies and gives us their kids or something, no. I had miserable pregnancies, that’s why.”

Kelly Clarkson believes parents should provide some ‘tough love’

Clarkson might seem like a very fun mother to have, but she does not actually believe in being soft and sweet to her kids all the time. In 2012, Clarkson shared with the Daily Mail that she appreciates some “tough love” moments her own mother gave her as a child.

“My mum is the main reason that I’m so independent and I love it that she was always blunt with me,” Clarkson said. “I remember the first time I told her I that wanted to be a singer. Instead of saying, ‘You can do it! You’re so amazing!’ she replied, ‘Honey, so do thousands of other people.’ That tough love helped me get where I am today.”

Kelly Clarkson has received criticism for admitting she spanks her kids

Clarkson also found herself in hot water in 2018 when she admitted to spanking her kids. While spanking is a controversial subject nowadays, Clarkson revealed on a radio interview that she was “not above spanking” when it comes to disciplining her youngsters.

“My parents spanked me and I did fine in life. I feel fine about it, and I do that as well,” Clarkson said.

Kelly Clarkson also tries to educate her kids


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When Clarkson is not giving her children “tough love” and disciplining them, she often tries to be a positive influence in their life.

For example, Clarkson wants to make sure her daughter grows up into a confidential woman and her son learns to show respect to the women around him. Redbook reported that, at a SHE Summit in New York City in 2016, Clarkson shared that she and her husband try to put forth this lesson as much as possible.

“It’s a turn on [for my husband] that I’m a pretty badass female; boys that I dated before, they got intimidated by it, that’s not fair to me because I work very hard,” Clarkson said. “So I’m glad our boys and also our girls have a man to look [up to], who shows them, ‘this is how treat a woman, this is how you respect a woman.’ He takes his daughter on dates and shows her, ‘this is what a guy should do.’”

Additionally, she told Refinery29 in 2017 that she uses the events around the world to teach her children about right from wrong.