Camila Alves Takes ‘Pride’ in How Well-Behaved Her Kids Are Outside a Home: ‘It Gives Me Hope’

Camila Alves considers herself “a despotic parent” who also encourages her children to have fun and honour those around them — and fortunately, those lessons are manifesting even when she isn’t around.

The lifestyle consultant and Yummy Spoonfuls co-founder — who shares sons Livingston, 4½, and Levi, 9, and daughter Vida, 7½, with father Matthew McConaughey — non-stop adult to PEOPLE recently about a complacency she feels in observant their parenting efforts compensate off.

One specific “pride moment?” Realizing her “broken record” of training them right and wrong isn’t so injured after all. “You contend a same things over and over and we feel like you’re failing, and afterwards they go to somebody’s residence and [adults] come behind to we observant how good they behaved, how good they are regulating their manners, how [respectful they are], how kind they are,” she says.

“[I have] that fulfilment that, ‘Okay, they’re pulling a bounds during home, though they are training and regulating it on a outward world,’ so that makes me feel happy,” adds a 35-year-old. “It gives me wish that a things we are training are indeed carrying on to a outward world.”

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The bounds her kids are pulling during home come with a domain of being a parent — and Livingston is during that age where meltdowns are sincerely common.

“He’s in a theatre that that’s all he’s doing,” she admits. “I consider we see a moms in a airfield or open places when it happens, and everybody gets so disturbed about who’s examination … a initial thing that goes in my conduct is, ‘You were once a child — once, we did that — and if we can't know that, something is wrong with you. If we can't have care for that, afterwards something’s wrong with your mind.’ ”

“[My] advice for moms is [to] usually smile, usually giggle during it,” adds Alves. “You get to a indicate that there’s usually so most we can do when a child is carrying a meltdown. You can’t stop it when you’re in a center of a meltdown, we can’t try to miscarry them and tell them stop it since they won’t, so we have to try to get them past a meltdown.”

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“And if we can't mislay yourself from a situation, we have to demeanour during everybody and contend ‘I’m so sorry,’ and know that it’s going to pass,” she continues. “Every time we have those moments, we gotta breathe and know that this, too, shall pass.”

Alves’ coherence as a primogenitor extends into how she suspicion she would be contra how she is after experiencing a joys of carrying children.

“I consider it would be giving cartoons as a reward,” she says of something she does that she never suspicion she would. “I don’t do it all a time, though we locate myself when I’m in a splash or when we’re on a prolonged trip. we go, ‘Okay, if we act this way, we can watch a film on a plane.’ Or, ‘If we misbehave, we won’t be means to watch a film on a plane.’ “