Gwyneth Paltrow loves being a stay-at-home mother.
The 38-year-old actress - who has children Apple, seven, and Moses, five, with husband Chris Martin - feels "fulfilled" now she has learned to work less and spend more time with her children and spouse.
She said: "I enjoy being a mother and staying at home and looking after my kids.
"I'm happiest when I'm sitting down for dinner with my family."
The 'Country Strong' star admits she can be a "strict" mother but is always willing to compromise on issues the children feel particularly passionate about.
She explained: "They're really good kids. They're polite and well adjusted and they have good hearts.
"We're strict with them to an extent but we also try to be respectful of who they are and work with them when they really want something.
"For instance, Apple has been wanting to get her ears pierced from the age of two. Our nanny is Spanish, so the kids both speak Spanish and are very much connected to the culture, and in Spain girls get their ears pierced when they're born.
"Apple would see little Spanish girls and say, 'Why can't I have my ears pierced too?' When she was five, we let her have her ears pierced."