Jonas Brothers and their momIn this month's Good Housekeeping, Denise Jonas, mom of America's biggest pop stars, opens up about how she keeps them grounded and makes her marriage work - plus the one parenting rule she will never, ever break.
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She married at 18
Both Kevin Sr. and Denise say they fell for each other at first sight. Within six months of their meeting, Kevin proposed on bended knee; they were married on August 15, 1985. Both were just 18 years old.
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She stands by her men-Food stamps to fame
Her husband, Kevin Sr., dreamed of a music career, too. "He soon left his job, and the family, which now included baby Kevin Jr., moved in with Denise's parents in Arizona. "Kevin worked very diligently to learn the music industry from a songwriting perspective," Denise remembers. "He'd fly to Nashville - just walking the street, walking into different places."For income, Kevin tried to help Denise's parents, who had bought a carpet-installation business in Arizona. The venture didn't go well at all. "We had to live on food stamps," Denise recalls. "It was very hard on my husband. He was trying to do something good for the family, but the business wasn't paying. It was a humbling time."
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But she keeps them in line-She's strict
"We wanted [everyone] to feel joy in the presence of our children," Denise says. "To me, there's nothing more frustrating than being around a child who's annoying. We taught our kids proper manners." Denise's methods: consistency, boundaries, and constantly "reinforcing good conduct until it was behavior. Because they're going to be adults a lot longer than they're children."
Even now that her boys are rock stars, Denise holds a hard line on manners; it's a key way she keeps them grounded while they're surrounded by a world of glitz.See what Kevin Jr. had to say about that!
The boys listen to her.
Go behind-the-scenes of their photo shoot and find out what mom advice the boys take with them.
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