Actress/singer Jada Pinkett-Smith has coined a new term for stepchildren. In a tweet she sent out over the weekend, Jada referred to her stepson Trey Smith as her “bonus-son.” Imagine being a child whose stepmom refers to you as a “bonus.”
Websters defines a ‘bonus’ as “Something that is welcome and often unexpected that accompanies and enhances something that is itself good.”
Moms, such as Tameka “Tiny” Harris (pictured above), happily accept their men’s children as their own. In the caption under the above photo, Tiny tweeted: “Damn my boys look good!” Tiny does not draw a distinction between her biological son, King Harris (front) and her stepson, Domani (in red jacket). They are both her sons as far as she’s concerned.
Similarly, Tiny’s husband, Tip Harris, refers to her daughter, Zonnique Pullins, as his own.
There’s an African motto that goes: “It takes a village to raise a child.” And the African proverb, ‘Omwana taba womoi,’ loosely translates to ‘A child belongs not to one parent or home.’
Tiny accepts the responsibility of helping to raise Domani regardless of the fact that Domani was conceived while Tiny was dating her husband T.I.
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