Business woman and reality TV star LaLa Anthony covers the August 2014 issue of Latina magazine. In the interview for her cover shoot, LaLa discussed the future possibilities for her husband, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who became a free agent after opting out of his NBA contract with the NY Knicks.
“I just feel like his time is coming, his time is definitely coming. I’m just excited to see what the future holds for him because he’s such an incredible player [and] he’s such an incredible person, so you know good things happen to good people, I do believe that. So we’ll see what happens.”
LaLa also touched upon a misguided perception that is prevalent among today’s modern women: the feminization of their young sons by being their friends instead of their parents.
“I hope I am my son’s best friend,” said LaLa. “I want him to feel like he can come talk to me about anything—good or bad, because that’s what I used to do with my mom.”
In an article titled “Your Child is Not Your Friend,” James Lehman, MSW, writes “I think parents often make the mistake of making their child their confidante. So when they say, “I want to be his friend, and I want him to be my friend,” what they’re really saying is “I want be his confidante.” And that just does not fit with the functional role of a parent.”
It’s a very well-meaning trap that parents fall into. They want to share with the child how they really feel about their grandmother. How they really feel about their neighbor. How they really feel about their teacher. But it’s ineffective because the child is not morally, emotionally or intellectually prepared to play that role. If you’re forty years old and you want a confidante, find another forty-year-old. Find a fifty-year-old. Find a thirty-five-year old. But don’t look for a ten-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a five-year-old.
The August 2014 issue of Latina hits newsstands on July 8, 2014.
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