‘We do a lot of volunteer work together’: Katie Holmes says daughter Suri, 13, gives her advice on how to help Syrian refugees as she candidly opens up about motherhood
She’s a doting and dedicated parent to daughter Suri, 13, who she shares with ex-husband Tom Cruise.
And now Katie Holmes, 40, has opened up about motherhood, admitting that she’s had to lean on her own mother, Kathleen Stothers-Holmes, at times.
‘I have taken advice from my mum in raising my daughter. I appreciate the bond that all of us have, and I appreciate more and more my own mother and the challenges she faced now that I’m a mum,’ she told Stellar on Sunday.
‘I appreciate the bond that all of us have’: Katie Holmes reflected on her close relationship with both her mother Kathleen and daughter Suri, now 13 (Katie and Suri pictured in 2017)
Flashback: Katie shared Suri with ex-husband Tom Cruise. (Pictured in 2006)
Aside from dedicating herself to raising Suri, the Dawson’s Creek star revealed that she ensures her daughter has a full understand of her privileged upbringing by regularly doing volunteer work.
In March this year, Katie took Suri to Greece to visit a Syrian refugee camp to meet the staff and families living at Moria camp, and shared pictures of their visit on Instagram.
‘I enjoy volunteering with my daughter and hearing her point of view and listening to her suggestions on how we can help,’ she said.
Like mother, like daughter: Katie said, ‘I have taken advice from my mum in raising my daughter. I appreciate the bond that all of us have’. (Katie pictured with Kathleen in October)
Family: She continued, ‘I appreciate more and more my own mother and the challenges she faced now that I’m a mum.’ (Pictured left to right: Suri, Katie, Katie’s brother Martin Jr., her mother Kathleen, and her father Martin Sr.)
Katie has also made education a top priority for her daughter and called social media and the internet a challenge parents face.
‘I think for me it’s just limiting the amount of time for myself and for my child. It’s important to get out and live and not always be on your phone,’ she said.
The New York-based actress will be in Australia later this month for McHappy Day to help raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Volunteering: The Dawson’s Creek star revealed she and Suri regularly do volunteer work. Back in March, Katie took Suri to Greece to visit a Syrian refugee camp to meet the staff and families living at Moria camp, and shared pictures of their visit on Instagram (pictured)
In a statement, she said: ‘I’m proud to be named the 2019 Ambassador for McHappy Day and I’m really looking forward to being in Australia for this important event.’
‘I can only imagine how much that helps the child and reduces the impact on the family unit,’ she added.
Katie Holmes will be in Australia to attend McHappy Day on Saturday, November 16
On the cover: Katie Holmes features in this weeks issue of Stellar magazine out now