Paris Jackson was kind of a mystery before her famous father died, hidden away in what seemed to outsiders like a bizarre life with dad Michael Jackson and her brothers. And now, with a new career in movies about to kick off, the 14-year-old has put the world on notice. She doesn't want to be known as Michael Jackson's daughter.
But make no mistake, that's not meant as a slam against the King of Pop. Let this be a lesson for parents of teenagers everywhere ...
Paris Jackson is starting to sound more and more like a normal -- albeit wildly famous -- 14-year-old girl. As she told Glamour:
I love my dad, and I'm proud to be his daughter. I just don't think the title 'M.J.'s daughter' fits me. A lot of people think he's the only reason I'm making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person.
Can you blame her? She's 14!
It's hard for us, as parents, to recognize that our kids don't want to be associated with us forever. We take it as our kids being "embarrassed" of us. At times, they are. When you are still rocking the same hairstyle you had in high school, only now your kid is in high school, you really ARE the only one who thinks you look cool.
But what Paris has said here is exactly what every kid wishes they could to their parent: they love us, but they don't want everything they do to be a "reflection on the family" (ahem, you heard your Mom's voice there, didn't you?). They WANT it to be a reflection on how darn hard they have worked to get where they are and all the effort they have put into things.
I get it. My dad was not the most famous singer in the entire world, but he gave me a last name that is well-known in my small town. At times that name was as much a burden as it has been a boon. And here I was, busting my butt to pull in good grades, volunteering in my community, and doing all these things that represented me. Not my family. Not anyone else. Just ME.
I think it's easy to look at all we have put into raising our kids and want them to give us some credit. We are the ones, after all, who spent all those late nights with a crying baby, who sewed the Halloween costumes, who helped build the dioramas.
But at some point, you have to step back and realize, you don't become a parent because you want credit. You become a parent because you want to raise an incredible human being. And when it happens, when your kid is standing in front of you like Paris Jackson saying, "Hey, I can do this on my own! It's not all about you," you know you did a good job ... that should be enough.
Do you ever wish your kids would give you a little more credit? What do you think of the way Paris is distancing herself from her dad?
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