Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About The Importance Of Sharing The 'Bad Guy' Role As A Parent

Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About The Importance Of Sharing The 'Bad Guy' Role As A Parent
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are well known online for their very real presentation of parenting. They don't sugar coat their lives for social media, and that includes talking about their kids.


Chrissy Teigen recently talked with People about how important it is that parents support each others' decisions and share the role of the "bad guy."

"You just have to be on the same page all the time because it's not fair when there's one bad person [or] a bad guy."
"No one wants to be the bad guy, so it's helpful when you're all the bad guy. It's important to be on the same page."



The couple support each other's decisions, sometimes leading to sharing the "bad guy" role.

Chrissy's mom, Vilailuck (a.k.a. Yai), is also part of this process.


Chrissy said that Luna will sometimes approach one of the three, then not liking their decision, approach one of the others to try to get a different answer.

"Luna thinks she can get away with things with us or take things to certain people."
"I'm like, 'No, we're all in this together. Sorry, we're on the same page. If Yai says you need to apologize for this, I'm gonna say the same thing,'"

This tendency to go from one parent to another to get a better answer is something that a lot of kids try.

There is a pretty common stereotype in heterosexual couples that dads are the "fun" parents, the ones more likely to let kids get away with something, while moms are in charge of discipline and saying "no."

The couple's method of sharing that "bad guy" role leads to more consistent parenting.

Teigen did say that John is still the "easier" of the two, but only when it's "meaningless stuff" like letting Luna have string cheese 20 minutes before dinner.

Teigen joked about that particular incident during the interview:

"But I'll be like, 'Oh, you're having string cheese for dinner. Okay, well, it's 20 minutes until dinner, now you're gonna be full.'"
"And when you talk to the kids you're really talking to your husband. You're like, 'Well, you shouldn't have had that 20 minutes before dinner because Mommy is making fish sticks, but I guess you're gonna be a little full now!"

Social media users love how open Teigen and Legend are about the realities of parenting.

Teigen's frank posts about their lives together are a refreshing change from the picture perfect versions many people portray.



Legend seems to be following through with what he said in a 2016 interview with Entertainment Tonight before Luna was born:

"I'm not one of those people that's like 'well my boy can do anything he wants, and then my girl's gotta, you know, be in the convent."

He said that it was more important to him to teach his future kids to be confident, "good people."

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