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From him my super sweet 16 Beginning with sold-out tour dates, Teyana Taylor has lived quite a life. But the “Gonna Love Me” singer says some of her biggest lessons in life didn’t come until after she became a mother.
“It taught me to be patient. Me patience,” Taylor tells Yahoo Life.
Taylor has two daughters with her husband, the basketball star and dancing with the Stars Champion Iman Shumpert: 6-year-old Iman, better known as “Juni” and 2-year-old Rue, were both famously delivered at home by their father.
Taylor says she has always been fascinated by the idea of love, but believes the kids took it to a whole new level.
“Having kids really made me dive more into my purpose,” she says. “That unconditional love just hit different. It taught me patience. My daughters taught me to be fearless. I’m always a student, and I’m not ashamed of it. I love being a student, I love to learn Looks like. So it’s like, I’m learning from my kids too, you know? It’s a special kind of love that you can’t even explain.”
This deep appreciation for love in its many forms aligns perfectly with Taylor’s latest venture into the world of hosting and directing Luv2SeeIt, a collaborative series with Bumble, which explores love and dating as it deals with the Black experience. Taylor sees this as an opportunity to “defend black love.”
“That was a big deal to me,” she noted.
The series includes interviews with various celebrities who share lessons in love that they have learned over the years. The latest episode, Yahoo First-Look Exclusive, features an interview with mother and daughter Niece and Dia Nash, as they discuss the importance of stepping out of their comfort zones in the dating world. In the video, actress and comedian Niece talks about finding true love with a woman after dating men for years.
Taylor says that her goal with the platform is to inform and enlighten others, but even she has learned something new throughout the experience.
“I think it’s also an opportunity for others who are trying to find themselves and figure out who they are and maybe just need a little help with that. There’s definitely a lot of sense in the conversation because here Even with me as the host, I’m learning a lot,” Taylor says.
The Schumpert kids aren’t quite up for the conversation just yet about dating, but their mom has been very deliberate about creating a space where her kids feel comfortable approaching her about anything.
“I’ll always be with open ears and open arms and I’m just looking forward to the day that will happen. Like, I’m preparing myself to be ready to talk,” Taylor says. Emphasizing the importance, children see their parents as a safe place.
“Once your kids are comfortable telling you anything and everything and don’t take anything away from you, once it’s time for those dating conversations, they’ll never feel like hiding it from me. She will never feel like she has to hide her to like a guy, or hide her from falling in love with a guy, or hide her from falling in love with a girl.” “Whatever Junie wants to be, she will never feel like she has to take anything away from me.”
This acceptance-forward parenting framework goes beyond potential conversations about dating. Being an NBA player dad and superstar mom is sure to come with the pressures expected to be successful, but Taylor is adamant that her kids are the only ones to carve their way.
“Junie never needs to pick up a basketball if she doesn’t want to. She’ll never have to pick up the mic if she doesn’t want to. That’s our main thing, making sure she’s okay and doing what she does.” She is someone she loves and has that respect and is grounded,” she says. “She gets to do what her little heart wants, not feeling like [she] Stuck in doing something because it’s what mommy wants or because it’s what daddy wants. I never want to be the parent who is imposing my dreams on her or who I think she should be,” she says.
Respect, though, is something that doesn’t get debated.” “It’s something I’m really very hard on,” she says.
Taylor is also steadfast in her efforts to ensure her children live the life they are fortunate to have. Juni embraces her mother’s ability to give, which Taylor continues to amaze.
“She’s such a sweet soul. Like, we’ll be out and she’s just like me: She’ll see a homeless man on the street. She’s like, ‘Oh my god, mom, can you please go to the store? Shall we get some food? Can we get her an apartment?'” shares the proud mother. “And I’m not going to be up front — those are the moments I live for. Like, I want to fill her in for having a great heart to be a great person.”
This early kindness reflects the open and close bond Taylor has with her daughters.
“There’s a lot of respect out there with me and Juni. Like, the respect is so crazy that we don’t lie to each other. She never feels like she has anything to do with me. I can give Juni a look and she knows she played herself,” she says, never having to resort to hitting or other extreme measures of discipline.
“That’s what I love. I don’t need to get my hands on that. Honestly, most of the time, I don’t really need to scream. But as a mom, you know, we all have our moments where we have a little voice to raise. But our bond with her is so dope. Like, she’s my best friend.”
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