Ivana Trump has revealed that her trick to raising good kids is ‘discipline’ and keeping them on a ‘really low budget.’
Mama knows best! Ivana Trump, pictured in New York on Monday, has shared her tips for raising good kids, explaining that parents need to teach their children ‘discipline’
The Czech businesswoman also advised keeping children on a strict schedule that leaves them little time for misbehavior.
‘Teach your kids discipline,’ she said. ‘You have to keep them busy, busy, busy. They go to school, then they have an after-school activity, they come home, and they do homework.’
The former model explained that if kids adhere to that type of schedule, they ‘will go to bed by 7:30.’
Ivana spent Monday evening at the Angel Ball in New York City, looking glamorous in a sparkly beaded gown. Her platinum blonde hair was in its signature bouffant, which showed off her dangly earrings.
While she was happy to share her parenting tips with the press at the event, it wasn’t the first time she has opened up about her success as a mother.
In her 2017 book, Raising Trump, Ivana claims she — not Donald — is the one who should be credited for raising ‘such great kids.’
Tight leash: Ivana claims she never give her kids too much spending money. She is pictured with her ex-husband Donald Trump and their children Ivanka and Eric in 1998
Being blunt: The mom (pictured with Ivanka and Eric in 1994) insisted that if you give your kids too much money, they will just go shopping or use it to buy drugs and alcohol
The couple ended their marriage in 1992 amid his public affair with Marla Maples, whom he married the following year.
Donald, 72, and Marla, 54, had one child, now 25-year-old Tiffany, before divorcing in 1999. The president also has a 12-year-old son, Barron, with his current wife, First Lady Melania Trump.
‘I was in charge of raising our children before our divorce, and I had sole custody of them after the split,’ Ivana recalls in her book. ‘I made the decisions about their education, activities, travel, child care, and allowances.
‘When each one finished college, I said to my ex-husband, “Here is the finished product. Now it’s your turn.”‘
She admits that as wealthy children who were thrust into the spotlight at an early age, her kids ‘could have become the most damaged, druggie, poor little rich kids on the planet.’
However, Ivana writes that the opposite occurred, explaining she always told her kids: ‘Don’t lie, cheat, or steal. Don’t smoke, do drugs, or drink.’
Single mom: Ivana (pictured with her eldest son Donald Trump Jr. in 2007) claims she — not Donald — is the one who should be credited for raising ‘such great kids’
Advice: Ivana (pictured with her children in 2015) said she always told her kids: ‘Don’t lie, cheat, or steal. Don’t smoke, do drugs, or drink’
In Bobbi Rebell’s 2016 book How to Be a Financial Grownup, Ivana’s only daughter, Ivanka, recalls her mother teaching her an important lesson about money when she was 14 years old.
Ivanka explains they were traveling together when she realized she and her brothers had been placed in economy instead of first class with their mother.
‘With classic teenage angst, I expressed my displeasure at our seating arrangements. She told me that I was welcome to use my own money to upgrade my seat,’ Ivanka writes.
‘She then reminded me that I should be grateful for the opportunity to travel at all. Obviously, she was right and I flew to our destination in coach.’
Ivana also recently praised herself for raising children who are ‘tall and slim.’
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Next generation: Donald Jr. and his estranged wife Vanessa (not pictured) have five kids, Kai, Donald III, Tristan, Spencer, and Chloe
Family: Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have three kids, Arabella, Joseph, and Theodore
Celebration: Eric and his wife Lara have a baby boy, Luke. Ivana and her mother Marie Zelnickova (front) were both at the little boy’s first birthday party in New York city last month
‘It’s all on the parents,’ she said. ‘Whatever they put on the plate in front of the children, they’re hungry, they don’t cook, they eat. So if you put food in front of them that’s junk — pizza, unhealthy food, French fries — of course, they eat it, and then they get obese.’
She never did such a thing with her own kids, whom she said are all in great shape. Even though she said that she didn’t have much time to cook for her kids while she was raising them — she was too busy working — she still found ways for them to eat right.
‘None of my kids are obese — they’re all tall and slim and handsome and smart. And the grandkids are exactly the same — good genes,’ she said.
Between her three children, Ivana has nine grandchildren. Donald Jr. and his estranged wife Vanessa have five kids, Kai, Donald III, Tristan, Spencer, and Chloe.
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have three kids, Arabella, Joseph, and Theodore. Meanwhile, Eric and his wife Lara are proud parents to one son, Luke.
Ivana and her mother Marie Zelnickova were both at little Luke’s first birthday party in New York city last month.