It has been confirmed that Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye West’s baby and we even know when and where the baby was conceived (during a vacation in Rome in October). Kanye made an announcement (to Kim’s surprise) at a concert in Atlantic City. He referred to her as his “baby mama” when he told his fans of their soon to be addition and the still married Kim confirmed soon after. Her family took to social media in the most supportive way imaginable almost immediately.
How is this relevant to Chicago parenting? Well, Kanye is a Chicagoan, and it is to be assumed the future little Kimye will know of his or her Chicago roots. But what is this baby news really telling Chicago youth? What about all youth in general? Surely, all young girls’ do not dream of being called a baby mama by a controversial rapper, during a concert. But as these two glorify this situation, Chicago parents should wonder, “what does this mean to my child?” It being that both of these people are well known, and many Chicago children can relate to Kanye because of his ties to Chicago, it would be beneficial to talk with your children about this.
This is a great time to have “the talk”, or at least a modified version if anything. Yes, two friends realizing they were in love after 10 years is some sort of fairy tale. But this can also promote the idea that becoming a rapper’s baby mama is ideal. No Judgy Mcjudgerson here, but parents should figure out what baby mama means to their child.
To some, it simply means “a baby’s mother”. But to others, it is a degrading term that refers to a mother of a child. That is what a parent has to be concerned about. The glorification of something perceived as negative, or risky, and is often associated with negative outcomes, is unhealthy to the development of your child.
Also, parents should explain that though Kim having a child with Kanye looks easy and fun, parenthood is difficult and is a life changing experience. It is not something that should be rushed so that a young girl can become Chicago’s next rapper’s baby mama. Not to mention, the unprotected act in which a baby is made is risky itself and should not be promoted.
Nonetheless, congratulation to Kim and Kanye on their pregnancy and welcome to Chicago parenting!
Parents, how will you talk to your children about what a “baby mama” means to them?
Will this lead to a more detailed version of “the talk”?