There are times when I have the distinct impression that I would make a bad celebrity. I’m not rail thin. I shun botox. I like to exist on something more substantial than salad and water. And I stopped carrying my son everywhere when he topped 40 lbs.
I have two children, ages (almost) 2 and 4. I do pick them up, cuddle them, and carry them very short distances when needed, but you certainly won’t catch me carrying them all over town. For one thing, they’re two heavy. For another, they don’t want to be carried…probably because they know the freedom of walking.
I realize that celebrity parents may have the added worry of being swarmed by paparazzi, and I can see myself on occasion considering doing the same thing in that case. But there are a few celebrities that appear to be carrying their child, all of the time. How often is Suri Cruise, 4, photographed walking? Not very damn often. Angelina Jolie is often photographed carrying Zahara, 5, or Shiloh, 4. Liv Tyler has been photographed multiple times carrying her son Milo, 5, around the streets of New York on on the beached of Malibu. A similar story with Gwen Stefani and Kingston, 4.
And I wonder if that’s healthy.
It seems to me, that when a child is carried from point A to point B day after day after day, there runs the risk of having that kid think they’re just Queen Bee all of the time. It’s like they’re little emperors being carted around by their loyal servants.
I think these kids are likely already coddled enough. It’s time to let them walk on their own two feet.
Am I right? Or am I right?
. . . . .
Marilyn is right.