For Dawson's Creek alumni Katie Holmes, the most important job for parents is to raise "good humans".
"I do a lot to put perspective on life," Holmes, mum to 11-year-old Suri, told TODAY. "We help out the homeless. We do small acts of kindness. I don't over-gift. I don't inundate my child with a lot of things."
But while raising kind and socially conscious little ones might be the goal, Holmes admits it's not always easy.
"We're trying to raise good humans," she says, "and some days we're better at it than others. You don't always get treats."
Holmes told the publication that she also focuses on rewarding Suri for hard work, rather than the results of her effort per se. "I also demand a 100 on a spelling test!" she jokes.
And listening to her daughter is key.
"We just focus on what she's passionate about and how you feel when you achieve your goals," Holmes explains. "Be true to your sense of opinions."
Holmes has previously opened up about the importance of her daughter, whom she shares with Tom Cruise, having a "stable" childhood
"My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now," she told Town & Country last year.
"It's very important that I'm present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there's nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed."
The 39-year-old also poured cold water on rumours of a 20th anniversary Dawson's Creek reunion. "We've all talked about that," Holmes says. "The show was nostalgic when we made it. Let's leave something where it was."