Thandie Newton may seem like a quiet and reserved actress, but when it comes to parenting, Thandie is one tough cookie. In the new InStyle magazine for December’s UK interview, Newton talks pain, parenthood and fitness. Read some of the highlights below.

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Thandie Newton doesn’t take parenthood lightly. In the new issue of InStyle Magazine UK, Thandie shares what she feels is the best way to make her children understand that pain is part of growing up. Her two daughters Ripley and Nico are taught that pain is all part of life. Read some of the highlights of the interview here.

Recently her daughter was in tears because she was teased by one of her friends that she would fall off of her bike. Thandie’s words of wisdom? “I said, ‘Yes baby, but you’ll get back on again and it’ll be sweeter for having fallen off.'” Newton adds, “Don’t be afraid of pain because it’s part of life and it’s a great teacher. Just get back on that bike.”

About being a mother, Newton says, “One of the best things about being a mum is that you can cradle your kids metaphorically when they’re sad, but not eradicate discomfort because it’s valuable to them.” Do you agree with Thandie’s philosophy?

What I find amazing is that she may be 37 years of age, but Thandie maintains a healthy figure that has many of us wondering, how does she do it? Her secret? Jivamukti yoga.

Thandie shares, “It’s my food for the soul. When I’m not working, I’ll drop Rip off at school and Nico at nursery, then I go to yoga. I also have an amazing personal trainer who I see whenever I can. His name is Liston Wingate-Denys.”

Thandie Newton stars in the new movie 2012 which is due out in theaters on Friday, November 13th, 2009.

Thandie and her husband Ol Parker have been married since 1998.

Check out the Thandie Newton InStyle UK December cover here.

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