Mariah Carey shared that her own upbringing has affected the way she parents her own kids.
Mariah Carey, best known for her song, All I Want for Christmas For You has two children Moroccan and Monroe with singer, and actor Nick Cannon. A few days ago, Carey shared an image of her daughter and her looking very alike, emulating the mini-me energy perfectly. She wrote on Twitter, "Mom/Daughter Duo Hair Extravaganzas!!! 🦋💕🦋💕 #Thehairtales." The duo is seen wearing a matching all-black ensemble with Monroe representing her half of Dem Babies perfectly.
Previously, Carey shared a video of her children asking her to put on some Christmas music and listen to her chart-topping Holiday hit. “We want to listen to ‘All I Want…'” 11-year-old Moroccan insisted from off-screen before his twin sister Monroe added, “Well, can we at least decorate the tree?” In the video, she is sitting covered in soap suds, telling her children that they won't be getting the Christmas treatment yet even if that involves just setting up the tree and playing the music. Speaking of her children and having them be disciplined, Carey has mentioned how her upbringing has affected the way she parents her own kids.
"It’s hard, but I try to keep them grounded so they don’t think everything is just handed to them," she told PEOPLE. "Right now it’s like, ‘I want this,’ and I’m like, ‘You’re asking me for something that costs $20.’ I can’t even imagine having, like, one dollar as a kid because we didn’t have money going around," she said, continuing, "So they have to appreciate those things." The singer's family moved around New York City when she was growing up living her formative years. She explained that she wants "to make the best of whatever situation I’m in." She recalls, "Sometimes I had a lot of fun, sometimes I didn’t."
From her experiences, not growing up with a lot of money, she started a summer camp called Camp Mariah, which is a career-awareness summer camp for low-income middle-schoolers in N.Y.C. that she sponsors through the Fresh Air Fund. Two years ago, she took her children there to play for a day and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the camp. "They’re a lot, but they give me so much love in return. I wouldn’t be the same person without them," Carey says of the siblings, whom she affectionately calls Roc and Roe. "I think Nick and I have done pretty well in co-parenting, staying friends with each other so that we can talk."
She also shared that she always wanted a safe space for her children, "The most important thing I can do for my children is give them what I didn’t really have: a chance to live in a safe and secure home surrounded by people who love and support them unconditionally." She made this comment after sharing her bipolar disorder diagnosis, sharing, "People who escaped the life I grew up with don’t want to go backward. My environment as a child didn’t just intensify my disease, it impacted my willingness to seek a long-term solution for it."
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