In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey explained that she never really thought about having kids when she was growing up. She said that while her best friend, Gayle King, was doodling the names of her future children in 7th grade, Oprah was daydreaming about becoming Martin Luther King, Jr. She went on to say, "If I had kids, my kids would hate me...They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah Show talking about me, because something would have to suffer and it probably would have been them."
While there's no arguing that Oprah is a very busy lady (according to the article, she traveled a total of 235 days in 2012), the pros of having Oprah as a mom far outweigh the cons.
1. Despite Oprah's giant paycheck, her kids wouldn't be spoiled.
The television mogul, who rose from an abusive and impoverished childhood, would likely instill a sense of humility in her kids and teach them that it's more important to give than to receive. In fact, Oprah told The Hollywood Reporter that, as a child, she used to save her lunch money and donate it to the church, where it would be sent to kids in Costa Rica. It's hard to imagine that person going on to buy her kids whatever they ask for.
2. Oprah would host the most epic Thanksgiving dinners, ever.
From Oprah's close friend Dr. Maya Angelou to the Dalai Lama, the Thanksgiving table at the home Winfrey shares with her partner, Stedman-Graham, would be full of interesting guests. Not to mention that the feast would be catered by some of the best chefs in the country (who are also probably her personal friends).
3. The kids would experience "Oprah-isms" on a daily basis.
One of the reasons so many viewers tuned into all 25 seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show is because of the woman's genuine warmth and enthusiasm. Could you imagine coming down the stairs on a Saturday morning to hear, "Goooooooood Morninggg!" in that signature Oprah introduction voice? Or how about those comforting Oprah hugs, which Urban Dictionary defines as, "when you hug someone for more than 30 seconds. As Oprah tells you to." And because of all of the "aha-moments" she's experienced, it's likely that her kids would be wiser by the time they're 15 than most people are by 40.
4. Christmastime at the Winfrey-Graham household
Why? Three words: Oprah's Favorite Things.
5. The kids would have a lives full of encouragement.
The best part of growing up with Oprah as mom: the unlimited support, which is something that all kids appreciate about their parents. When President Obama awarded Oprah with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a president can give, he said, "Oprah's greatest strength has always been her ability to help us discover the best in ourselves." So, Oprah, if you're reading this, don't be so hard on yourself. We think you would have been a fabulous mother, if you wanted to be.
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