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7 Kids, 7 Parenting Tips from the Incomparable ACB



In the few short weeks since she was nominated to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett has completely recalibrated what women can believe about themselves.* She is a brilliant student, teacher, and judge of the law and accomplished in each of these areas, and she comports herself with humility, grace, and dignity. She somehow manages to make it look easy to balance being at the very top of her field with being a mom to her large, multiracial family. And not only is she an example for the next generation of girls (and boys), but yes, for our generation as well: I know I am far from alone (evidence here and here) in finding her a tremendous inspiration who gives me a new vision of what I can accomplish in my life.


On some levels, Judge Barrett might seem to be a model that no one else can achieve (and not just because she gets up at 4am to work out!). She even said in her opening statement that she doesn’t think marriage is hard (but then, showing her sense of humor and self-deprecation, related that perhaps it might be hard for her husband). But she is certainly human as well: Judge Barrett says that her favorite word is “chocolate,” and she was forthright that she needed a glass of wine after her first day of Senate testimony.


As Judge Barrett has said, her family is her “greatest joy,” and she believes, like Primerrily, “What greater thing can you do than raise children? That’s where you have your greatest impact on the world.” While Judge Barrett has not (yet) written a how-to on parenting, I imagine it would fly off the shelves were she to publish one. No doubt she has much to share given her tremendous experience and expertise raising her seven beautiful children: Emma, Vivian, Tess, Liam, John Peter, Juliet, and Benjamin.


"She believes, like Primerrily, “What greater thing can you do than raise children? That’s where you have your greatest impact on the world.”

Until we might be lucky enough to read a parenting book penned by Judge Barrett, we’ve pieced together some insights into her parent philosophies and tips. From her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee (in the midst of her brilliant answers about originalism and textualism, all while setting new fashion trends in pink!), as well as from her prior speaking engagements (linked below), she seamlessly weaves parenthood into addressing her professional and personal character: