Jennifer Lopez: 8 Key Rules The Star's Children Follow
Jennifer Lopez is a phenomenal performer but she's also just a normal mom trying to instill discipline and values in her twins Emme and Max. The entertainer has also expanded her focus by becoming a stepmom to her fiance Alex Rodriguez's daughters Natasha and Ella. Find out this hardworking mom's rules for keeping her kids in check.
1. NO JUNK FOOD
It's no secret that J.Lo keeps a strict diet and exercise routine. So, naturally being the kid of a super healthy and fit mom has its pitfalls. Under Lopez's roof, the menu includes healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits for the most part. According to the star:
"What you eat doesn't just affect your body; it can also affect the way your skin looks."
However, the singer does not believe in depriving your cravings so desserts are not totally off-limits for the family. "We're all human. I don't think you should beat yourself up if you make a mistake or if you have a potato chip," she explained. She also added:
"Everyone wants a cookie or a piece of cake or fried chicken every once in a while. It's not about that. It's about consistently and always trying to be better and trying to do good."
2. LEARN THE VALUE OF HARD WORK
The actress is one of the hardest working women in Hollywood, she's a multi-award-winning singer, a Golden Globe-nominated actress, businesswoman, and a talented entertainer. But, she works hard for it. The star picked up the value of hard work from her parents; her father often worked night shifts and her mom sold Tupperware and worked at a school.
The star admitted that watching her parents work so hard gave her the discipline to create a solid work ethic, something she instills in her children as well. “I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I’ve learned something about kids ― they don’t do what you say; they do what you do. "
If she wasn't showing her twins the way then she feels she wouldn't be doing her best as a parent. Speaking of which, the pop star described what kind of mother she is in her 2014 memoir True Love:" I'm just a very loving mom who wants them to be aware of the world around them. I want to teach them by example. I work hard; you have to work hard."
3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Fans will remember that the star headlined the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami. But despite her rigorous rehearsals and hectic schedule, the performer still made time to make sure her twins were doing their homework. Jennifer took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes family snap that she captioned:
“Break from rehearsal for homework and snuggle time…”
The lockdown didn't slow things down as Alex and Jennifer were quarantined with their kids who are participating in virtual classes. Lopez was in charge of her twins' homework. This proved to be quite a big challenge for the accomplished mother. During an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, the actress shared her experience with homeschooling:
"Have you seen the math that they make the kids do now?" Lopez asked DeGeneres. "It's a new math. It's crazy. And so half the time I'm like, 'Ok. Yes, let's look up that word. What does that mean?' It's been an experience for sure."
Even though circumstances have changed, her children are accustomed to homeschooling. The singer partially homeschooled the twins when she was doing her Las Vegas residency and touring. Some fans bashed her for the decision she made to not enroll them in full-time school but she felt it was the best option for her entertainment family.
"They are super happy, well-adjusted, loving, caring kids, and that's the most important thing," Lopez told Fox 5. "We will get them educated. Homeschool is great for them.
4. NO IPADS UNTIL SUNDAY
While most of the 2020 generation holds on tightly to their gadgets and the internet, Lopez tries to limit their tech time as much as possible. Max and Emme are banished from playing video games and surfing the net from Monday to Saturday. Sunday's are about a good time in the Lopez household.
The singer and actress revealed that her kids always look forward to Sundays. "It starts with a late breakfast. We sleep in, even the kids sleep in. And Sunday Funday, they work towards that because they don't get to use their iPads during the week. " Lopez added that the kids have to do well in school to be rewarded.
"They get Sunday Funday. It's something I made up so they could work towards it and behave!"
This works out great for the proud mom as she admits that it's difficult to get their attention when they're busy with their gadgets. "But you know, I try to regulate it, and then on Sunday, I let them go and I take a nap while they're doing it."
5. ALWAYS GIVE BACK
With a mom that's worth $400 million, you would think it's easy to forget that the world isn't all roses and silver spoons. But that's not the case, Lopez educates her children about the value of humanity. The singer is a humanitarian who has contributed to various charitable initiatives and is the founder of a humanitarian project called the Lopez Family Foundation.
"They definitely aren't having the upbringing that I had. But I think that what they are seeing, which is positive, is that the world is their oyster, and they can do anything they want...That, they see. And they see charity. And they see love. I'm just hoping that those are tenets and foundation of their life," Jennifer shared.
The actress continued, "[I] teach my son to be someone who respects women, and cherishes them for all that they bring to his life." The mogul has also confided that she would like for her children to be loving, generous, and kind. Especially since their growing up so privileged.
6. EMBRACE YOUR STEP SIBLINGS
It's not easy bringing a blended family together. That's why Jennifer Lopez and her beau were extra careful with bringing their children together. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey at the 2020 Vision Tour, the performer gave some insight into how she and Rodriguez got things started.
“I think they just started seeing him come around and little by little we kind of eased into it, "when asked how her twins Max and Emme reacted to Alex. “And then we went on a family trip so all the kids could be together, and that was a big step for us,” J.Lo continued. “That we talked to them about.”
Oprah also asked the star how she would have reacted if her kids disapproved of the baseball icon. Lopez responded: “Then we would have had issues. Then I would have sat there and been like, ‘Why don’t you like him?’ I would have wanted to know… But it wasn’t that. They really liked him.”
Thankfully, that wasn't the case. The two families blended quite well. “Kids are so beautiful and open to love and new friends. I was so loving to his kids and he was so loving and accepting of mine, and they embraced each other right away, ” Lopez explained.
7. FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS
When your mom is Jennifer Lopez and your dad is the talented Marc Anthony of course you have creativity pumping through your veins. Lopez describes her kids as very artistic. Emme is an amazing singer who has already started flexing her vocals alongside her mom during tours and she also performed at the Super Bowl in Miami.
“She loves to dance and will sit there for hours watching dance, but you never know what path that’s going to take. She could be a choreographer. And I can see that Max is very comfortable in front of a camera,” the star noted about her twins.
At 12 years old Emme is also a published author, she wrote a children's book inspired by sloths called Lord Hear Me. It's a children's picture book about prayer. “I wrote this book to help raise money to save sloths while also teaching other children how we can pray and ask for help, two things that bring me a lot of comfort, " said the young girl.
She's quite mature for her age as well, go Emme! Lopez's son Max also loves to sing, Lopez has shared videos of him performing in plays. Last year, the star posted a video of Max singing Vance Joy‘s “Riptide” as Emme played the ukulele alongside him.
8. FAMILY FIRST
Family is very important in the Lopez- Rodriguez household. They don't have what you may call a "normal" life but they try to incorporate as much family time as possible to make life a little easier and more fun. During J. Lo's It's My Party tour her and Rodriguez's kids joined the entertainer on tour.
When Rodriguez's eldest daughter Natasha graduated from middle school, the whole family came out to support her during the significant milestone. The Lopez clan, Rodriguez's ex-wife, and her new husband all posed for a flick to capture the memorable moment for Natasha.