We all want our kids to follow in our footsteps...to a degree. In other ways, we hope our children will have better lives than we did. It seems new mom Coco Austin is no different.
While she has eagerly shared photos of her now four-month-old daughter with husband Ice-T on Instagram, and mostly wearing super fashion-forward mini-outfits, the reality star recently blogged that she hopes Chanel will grow up to do something other than model.
"I hope Chanel grows up to be an amazing person. I want her to be spiritual and lovable and a really good person. I want her to become like a doctor or scientist. I don't want her to be who mom is," Coco said on the E! News blog.
"She's going to be my little experiment or project. I can see that now and I'm going to have 100 percent hands on this little girl," the outspoken star mom penned, adding that so far, "I have been by Chanel's side 24/7. No nannies, no baby sitters, no nothing. I don't want anybody else handling my baby."
Coco admits pushing her daughter away from modeling might be a challenge: "It's going to be hard because I'm probably going to have a camera in her face and she's going to learn how to model but at the same I don't want her to focus on that as a career. I want her to do something that I couldn't do."
Perhaps the sexy star has regrets about career choices she's made and wants to live vicariously through Chanel? One thing is certain: Coco isn't apologizing for who she is. She writes about her critics:
"I think they are still mentioning that I wear tight clothes. How would that change after a baby? I don't understand that. I've calmed down with my outfits but I can't look good anymore? I just want to look put together. Even though I have a baby, I can still put on makeup, do my hair and get my nails and be put together by my outfit. I'm not overdoing it. It's the way my personality is. It's not like I'm going to be in a moo-moo tomorrow. People need to get over that."
I agree people should accept Coco for who she is, and likewise, Coco needs to accept Chanel for who she becomes, and not try too hard to sculpt her into who she thinks she should be. But she'll learn this all in good time. A four-month-old doesn't provide too much push-back. Just wait until she's a toddler--then try to convince her to do something your way!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.