This week I’m talking about celebrity moms of tweens and teens who should blog. Why?
Because as the mom of a tween and a teen I need some advice. Or just plain entertainment. Maybe commiseration.
Or all of the above.
Yup, as a mom whose kids are not little, but not yet in college or the real world, I’ve noticed a dearth of voices* that speak to my stage of life. Either everything shouts, “Millennial Mom, here’s how to potty train!” or else “Kids going to college? Here’s what to buy for your kid’s college dorm room.”
So let me give you my wish list of celebrity moms, who happen to have tweens and teens, that I wish had blogs. That way I could lurk, read, get lost in, and be encouraged by their joys and triumphs of raising tweens and teens.
Brook Shields, mom to Rowan, 14, and Grier, 11
I love Brooke’s turn as the redneck neighbor Rita Glausner on ABC’s The Middle. She must have a good sense of humor and I wonder how that translates to parenting two girls.
Plus, her girls have red hair just like my kids. And she has Laz-y-Boy furniture just like me. We’re both tall, too. In sum, we should be best friends.
Hey, Brooke! Call me.
Katie Holmes, mom to Suri, 11
Of course I want all the deets on Scientology and Tom Cruise, plus her rumored beau, Jamie Foxx. But really all I want to really know is does Suri shop at Justice? Play with American Girl dolls? Does she struggle with girl drama, too? Spill, Katie, spill!
Victoria Beckham, mom to Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and Harper, 6
But I would enjoy her perspective as she watches her teens date, use social media, take honors classes (or not), make their high school teams (or not), and just generally deal with puberty. Do your kids have mood swings, Victoria?
Candace Cameron Bure, mom to Natasha, 19, Lev, 17, and Maksim, 15
Actually, Candace DOES have a blog, but she’s so busy being an actress, author, mom and wife that it hasn’t been updated since last year. That’s okay. I see her on TV and social media a lot and I admire how she lives her faith and shares it. Plus, she makes divine Hallmark Christmas movies. She’s a hockey mom, too.
But how does all that help her when someone’s mean to her kid? Or her teen rolls his eyes and says she’s stupid? Or when she refuses to let them get SnapChat? Let me know, Candace!
Reese Witherspoon, mom to Ava, 18, Deacon, 13, and Tennessee, 4
I figure the actress who plays the lovable Elle Woods in Legally Blonde has to be fun in real life, too. Right? She seems to be co-parenting with her ex in a responsible way. But what does she really think about her teens’ dating life? How did she survive driver’s ed? How many college visits did she go on so far?
Moms of tweens and teens, see what I mean? It would be a fabulous source of camaraderie and commiseration if these celebrity moms of tweens and teens would open up and share their stories about raising young adults.
What famous mom would you like to see blog about raising kids, teens or otherwise?
*a notable exception to the lack of tween and teen motherhood voices is Your Teen Magazine for Parents, where I recently published two pieces on my fourteen-year-old. There’s also the #tweensteensbeyond linky hosted by After the Playground, Not Just the 3 of Us, and Mother of Teenagers. If you’d like more camaraderie as the mom of a tween or teen, come join the linky which goes live every Tuesday. They’re British so they blog with a cool accent, too. I’m kidding.
The nitty-gritty technical stuff so I don’t get sued by famous people of their representatives: Brooke Shields by Joella Marano is used under a Creative Commons license. Katie Holmes signing autographs by Kathryn Decker is used under a Creative Commons license. Victoria Beckham-picture-3 by jingdianmeinv1 is used under a Creative Commons license. Interview: Candace Cameron-Bure (Finding Normal) by Sidewalks Entertainment is used under a Creative Commons license. “Sing 25” of Reese Witherspoon by GabboT is used under a Creative Commons license.