Gwyneth Paltrow on Raising Teenage Children: ‘Everything I Say Is Wrong’
The Good founder talks about the challenges of raising her two teenage children, claiming that she always says the wrong thing especially to 17-year-old daughter Apple.
AceShowbiz –Gwyneth Paltrow messes up “all the time” as a mother.
The actress – who is mum to Apple, 17, and Moses, 15, with ex-husband Chris Martin – wants to let her teenagers “be who they really are” but often makes mistakes when trying to navigate being “loving and supporting” while letting her kids be independent.
Speaking during an appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith‘s “Red Table Talk“, she said, “I spend a lot of time with them talking and watching. I read this quote. I think it was attributed to Banksy, the artist, who said something like ‘This generation of parents will do anything for our kids, anything.’ “
“Like, we will do anything for our kids except let them be who they actually are. And I read it, and I was like, I had chills, and I thought, ‘God,’ there are aspects of me that think, ‘Well, you should do it this way because, like, that worked for me,’ or ‘Let’s avoid this.’ “
“And so I just tried to be really conscious of letting them emerge as who they are and being loving and supporting, and I f**k it up all the time, you know? Like, I say the wrong thing. And especially right now because (Apple is) 17. Everything I say is wrong.”
The Goop founder also opened up on the sex advice she gave her two children, revealing she encourages them to “really listen to themselves.”
She added, “I will always just encourage my children to really listen to themselves, listen to their instincts, listen to if something, you know, feels right and to act from that place.”
“I try always to be neutral on the topic. I think my generation, we got a lot of messages around sex that made us feel bad about it. I try to just be curious. And teenagers are never going to want to talk to their parents about sex ever, so I sort of follow their lead.”
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