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Reese Witherspoon regularly criticised by teenage son for embarrassing antics

The star tries to help her kids become "the best versions of themselves" through her loving parenting style.

Reese Witherspoon embarrasses her teenagers just as much as any other normal mum.

The Big Little Lies actress is mother to three children, and the star jokes her eldest son Deacon, who she shares with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, absolutely cringes when she uses hip slang in public.

"My middle son, Deacon, who is 14, kind of tells me when I'm embarrassing everybody in the family," she laughed to Entertainment Tonight. "So, that's kind of good advice to know."

Elaborating on how she embarrasses the teen, Reese notes he turns red, "Just when I say things like 'lit'. He's like, 'don't say that.'"

The Academy Award-winning star is also parent to lookalike daughter Ava, 17, and four-year-old son Tennessee, who is her second son with current husband Jim Toth.

And when it comes to parenting her kids, allowing them to express themselves as unique individuals is Reese's primary concern.

"You know, I think the most important thing is that you figure out what your kids are passionate about, and what they're good at," the 41-year-old shared. "And don't expect them to be like you, you just sort of encourage them to be the best versions of themselves. So that's your job as a parent to figure out who they are."

Reese credits her own mother Mary with helping form a loving parenting style.

"I think the older you get, you realise you don't know anything about anything, you know?" she mused. "My mum keeps me really grounded she just keeps reminding me what’s important. Yeah, it's a kind of crazy world right now. I think it's important people are reminding you to be kind and stick to your values and treat people how you want to be treated."

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