Ani DiFranco Says Petah is Suited To Rock Star Life

03/24/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
Bill Haber/AP

Touring with baby in tow suits Ani DiFranco just fine, and from the sound of things, baby is definitely on board! “It’s great just to have her around,” the 38-year-old songstress says of daughter Petah Lucia, 2. “She is such a breath of fresh air, and she makes us all laugh.”

“She’s a total rock ‘n’ roll baby — she stays up until 2 or 3 in the morning and wakes up at 3 in the afternoon. I think it’s a really cool life for a very young person to travel and see people be passionate about what they do.”

That passion for music hasn’t waned since Ani became a mom, though she admits that her approach — and her worldview– have changed dramatically. “I am a more relaxed person,” she says. “People think the happy tone in my music must be [about] the baby, but it’s the baby and her father before her and the culture that surrounds us.”

Petah is the first child for Ani and husband — whom she calls her “baby daddy” — Mike Napolitano.


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Sarah K. on

“She’s a total rock ‘n’ roll baby – she stays up until 2 or 3 in the morning and wakes up at 3 in the afternoon.”

Huh, really? I’m no expert on child-rearing, but is that healthy for a toddler? No judgment, I’m just curious as to whether that may not be the best approach

Anna on

Erm… love her, but the schedule sounds a bit out of wack. At least her daughter is getting about 12 hours of sleep – that’s the good part.

kelly on

so is ani homeschooling? because once this kid hits 5 she is gonna be in trouble.

Zoe on

Sounds like she’s a rock star baby indeed. There’s nothing wrong with her having a different schedule than most babies, as long as she gets enough sleep it doesn’t matter. There’s no rule in the book that says a baby needs to wake up at 8am and sleep at 8. I’m a night owl and always have been, and I’m just fine.

Tom on

Being a nocturnal person I think that’s fine. Whatever works as long as the kid gets enough sleep.

Sam on

Any doctor will tell you that the sleep you get from 8pm to 8am is much more beneficial to you than the sleep you get from 8am to 8pm. Adults can do what they want, but I would assume that a child who is still growing would benefit much more from sleeping during “normal” night hours.

CelebBabyLover on

Sam- I think it pretty much depends on the person. Some people (like me) are just naturally more nocturnal, and have no problem getting at least some of their sleep during daylight hours.

Others, however, would be a mess if they tried to follow that sort of schedule. I trust that Ani and Mike know what’s best for their daughter!

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