There’s no such thing as useless parenting advice! When Connie Britton sat down for a radio interview with dad-to-be Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show on Wednesday, Jan. 16, the mom-of-one revealed the best parenting advice she’s ever received — and it was from none other than Nicole Kidman!
“The best, best, best piece of advice that I ever got for traveling with a kid was from Nicole Kidman my first year in Nashville,” the 51-year-old told Andy, who is expecting his first child via surrogacy in just a few weeks. “I’m listening,” the Watch What Happens Live host, 50, joked.
“She said we have it down to a science because they have an iPad that they can only use — and Nicole’s pretty hardcore about technology with the kids — they have an iPad they only are allowed to use on the plane,” Connie said, noting that Nicole and her husband, Keith Urban, travel quite frequently with their two daughters, Sunday, 10, and Faith, 8.
But before Connie passed on the recommendation, she tried it first with her adopted son, Eyob. And to her surprise, it worked! “The only time he uses an iPad is [on the plane]. He sits down in his seat. He’s like, ‘Mom, can I look at my iPad?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah,'” Connie vouched. “We don’t speak the entire plane ride. Instead of giving him multiple doses of Benadryl, just do the iPad and then it goes back in his backpack when we land.” So smart!
We bet Connie was extremely grateful for Nicole’s advice considering the Nashville star has been raising her 7-year-old son as a single mom since she adopted him from Ethiopia in 2011. Prior to adopting her little boy, Connie was hitched to John Britton from 1991 until 1995.
However, it wasn’t her divorce that inspired her to adopt — it was something more tragic. “I lost my mom to breast cancer, and then I lost my father three years later. I thought, ‘What am I waiting for?’” the Friday Night Lights actress admitted to Good Housekeeping in April 2017 after her losing her mom in 2005 and her dad in 2008.
For Connie, though, her son, Eyob, has been the silver lining throughout everything she has gone through. “Motherhood has been the greatest gift of my life,” she gushed. So sweet!