NeNe Leakes is taking to her Bravo Blog to explain why she disagreed with Cynthia about the appropriate age a teenager should start dating. NeNe says she thinks she is a cool mom but she wants her son, Brentt, to remain a child for as long as possible. NeNe says she doesn’t believe children that young can truly be in love and she explains her take on teen dating.
NeNe writes, “I am pretty cool as a mom I think! I also know that there is no handbook on how to raise a child. For me it’s one of the hardest jobs one could have! I love Cynthia, but on this one we won’t see eye to eye. I love the fact that Cynthia wants to have the lines of communication open with her daughter, but in my opinion there comes a time when you have to be a parent. Everything your teen wants isn’t always good for them! At the same time, you have to do what works for you and your household.
I happen to have a very handsome teen son! I feel like Brentt has his whole life ahead of him. I don’t want to have him consumed with dating and relationships! I do feel there are appropriate ages to date as a teen, but 13 or 14 isn’t the appropriate age for me. I think children should stay children! Even if you have the opportunity to meet the other parent, it doesn’t mean anything in my book. It feels more like you’re consenting or approving, but again, if it works for you, go for it.
In this generation I’m not sure there’s a thing called puppy love! I think parents are blinded by what it can really be. We as parents walk into situations with our eyes closed instead of wide open. We just want to help Brentt to focus on education and being a respectable young man. Girls are definitely going to come, and we will be right there guiding him…”
Cynthia Bailey appeared on Watch What Happens Live after RHOA and revealed her daughter Noelle is still dating her boyfriend Arthur.
“How time flies! My 14-year-old Noelle is now in high school, and as expected she is starting to be curious about boys,” Cynthia writes in her Bravo Blog. “This is no big surprise to me as I went through the same thing at her age. However, the world I lived in then is not the same world I live in now. The Internet and social media have changed the game. Noelle has access to information that I never had access to as a teenager. I can monitor and try to control it, but through friends and school, information always finds its way to her eyes and ears. It’s my job as her mother to protect her, but I also have to know when to lengthen the leash. Not take the leash off, just lengthen it a bit! I think that when you shelter your kids too much, they become very overwhelmed when they finally get a taste of freedom! There has to be a balance. You have to protect your kids, but you also have to slowly allow them to grow up.”
She continues, “I have been laying down the foundation for years for Noelle to be to be the smart, caring, well spoken, cultured, loving person that she is. She makes very good grades and has always graduated with honors. Academically, she tests and interviews extremely well and has been accepted to every school that she has ever applied for. Although I wish sometimes I could (LOL!), I cannot go to school with my child. I can’t go to parties with my child, and I cannot control whom my child associates with at school. I have to trust and believe that she is capable of making smart choices and will come to me when she needs me.”
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