You might not think the woman behind the book How To Be A Bad Bitch would have good parenting advice. But that's where you'd be wrong. Actually, Amber Rose may be able to teach us all a thing or two about how to raise a child right. Not only is she teaching her son with rapper Wiz Khalifa, Sebastian, to be a feminist, but she has some important words of wisdom about how to instill self-confidence in kids from an early age.
"Let them dress themselves—that's how you become creative—so when your kids dress themselves, even though they have two different color socks on or their shoes are on the wrong feet or their mismatched shirt and pants, tell them that they are absolutely beautiful, no matter what they have on," Rose said during a recent Q & A session with Buzzfeed. "I'm not gonna lie, that's what my mom did to me, because she grew up...very insecure about her body—and when she had me, I would come out literally looking like a clown to the living room, and my mom would say, 'Oh my God!' and it was always that reaction. And I always got dressed 'cause I knew my mom would give me that reaction every single time and she really built my confidence to the point where I was like, hey, I'm f*cking 18 and I'm gonna shave my head and I don't give a sh*t, because my mom says I'm cool."
Okay, I might not dig the shaved head look, but I love this advice. So even if my child shaves her head one day, I think I might tell her she looks awesome, even if I hate it. Because especially in this day and age, when bullying and body image issues are rampant, it's far more important for my kids to love themselves than for me to approve of their hairstyles, or what they wear. At the end of the day, I want them to know their mom thinks they are beyond awesome, hair or not.
So thanks, Amber. You rock!
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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.