Erykah Badu on Homeschooling, Homebirths and More

09/03/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
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The importance of a quality education can never be underscored, and that’s why Erykah Badu says she felt compelled to homeschool son Seven Sirius, 11 ½, through kindergarten and first-grade. “I wanted to give [him] special attention academically, to give him an advantage,” the 38-year-old songstress explains in a new interview with Babble.

Mission accomplished! Erykah says that through their collective effort, Seven “learned how to solve problems in a nontraditional way” which has served him well now that he is enrolled in a traditional school. “He developed an edge in his schoolwork,” Erykah notes. “He enjoys challenges…He pushes himself…He does his homework voluntarily.”

“He does not want to miss school or be late or be untidy or not have his things in order because that was a big part of how he was brought up. I don’t have any idea what Seven is going to choose to do, but he knows how to be disciplined and how to learn, and because of that he’s one of the top students in his school, and one of the top students in Dallas.”

Citing “parents not participating in kids’ schooling,” as her biggest parental pet peeve, Erykah adds,

“I don’t think it matters what school you go to, but I think it’s important for parents to be involved. And to know that when school stops, learning continues, and to continue teaching at home.”

Click below to learn who “dared” Erykah to tweet Mars’ birth.

The food which fuels that learning is also a big concern for Erykah, who adheres to a vegan lifestyle both for herself as well as for her three children, which include daughters Puma Sabti, 5, and Mars Merkaba, 7 months. “When Seven was born I was a vegetarian and his father [Andre 3000]was too, so it was a natural progression for him in life to eat the things we eat,” she explains. “Puma is the same way. It’s just what’s in the house.”

The kids are also being taught to read the ingredients before they consume, though Erykah is quick to point out that she did not “in any way force them to have the same lifestyle,” adding, “I think they should know the benefits of having a healthy body.”

“If they were to choose to do anything else after they become high school students, I would have full confidence that they know how to take care of their bodies and themselves. By making sure they use preventive medicine — getting plenty of water, plenty of chlorophyll and vegetable juices and good, healthy rest and activity — I know they’ll be able to take good care of themselves.”

The diet is sometimes a challenge, however. When asked about whether her children ever request hot dogs, Erykah replies, “they joke about it,” and concedes, “I’m sure as children they feel left out sometimes.” When those situations seem likely to arise, Erykah says she always has an alternative food to offer. “We make sure we keep a school menu on hand, and we prepare the same foods the kids at school are eating but in a healthier manner,” she notes. “That’s what this lifestyle provides us with.”

“I work really hard the way I do so I can give them all the things they need without them feeling like they’re being punished. So they can have a good understanding of what it means to be healthy.”

The earlier, it would seem, the better! Mars is currently on a macrobiotic diet, according to Erykah. “It’s different from being a vegan,” she explains, “in that it goes a little bit deeper into the yin and yang of what a human being needs.” She was first turned onto macrobiotics after learning that Seven has food allergies to some nuts, legumes, melons and apples.

“I always wanted to do it, but I didn’t really understand the dynamics. Then, the more children you have, the more you get into health and holistic living. Which goes so far beyond being a vegan.”

In the interview, Erykah also explains her decision to birth all three babies at home. “That’s the natural environment, the old way,” she notes. “There’s not a lot of fuss and moving around.” With Seven, Erykah says she had a “very wise doula” and midwives who gave her the “freedom” to continue living her life while she labored. “I didn’t have to uproot myself,” she explains. “Maybe to some it’s scary, but preparation is the whole key.”

“When a mother has found out she’s going to have a baby, her whole life — her diet, her mood, her energy — should kind of prepare her. After she prepares herself, fear is never a part of it. I expected success and health, so I made sure I surrounded myself with it. By the time I had my third baby, childbirth seemed a very natural part of life to me.”

Tweeting between contractions? Not so much. Erykah reveals it was a dare which led her to provide updates throughout her labor with Mars. “Questlove of The Roots said, ‘I bet you won’t Twitter while you’re in labor,’” she recalls. “I said, ‘I bet I will.’ So I did.” Standing close by were Seven and Puma, who played “a very big part” in helping their mom deliver their newest sibling. “It was very sacred,” Erykah says. “They helped me welcome this baby into the world.” The Twitter community has done their part as well, Erykah jokes.

“They ask about her every month. [At the time of the interview,] she just turned six months, and I got a lot of ‘Happy six months.’ She’s the first Twitter baby, and she’s breastfed on Twitty milk.”

Seven is Erykah’s son with Andre 3000 of Outkast; Puma is her daughter with rapper The D.O.C; Mars is her daughter with rapper/producer Jay Electronica.

Source: Babble

– Missy

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babyboopie on

Wow, the names of her children are definitely insane: one is named after a number, one is named after a sports brand company and one is named after a planet (and not just any old planet, but MARS!)…however, I have to say she sounds like a GREAT mummy, with the whole homeschooling and vegan lifestyle, it’s definitely a great example to the rest of humanity!

Whitney Sterk on

I love love love Erykah and how cute is it that Ahmir (?uestlove) dared her to twotter when she had Mars….

gioia on

i love erykah and especially her view on the sacredness of birth and maternity. i also had a homebirth and it was an intense, powerful and indeed spiritual experience.

fay on

babyboopie those are NOT where here childrens names come from… google, im sure u can find the answers, she has answered these ?’s more than once…

Sidney on

Isn’t it proven, that a macrobiotic diet makes children really really ill if maintained for a long time? I think it’s quite dangerous to put a baby – not just a child, but a BABY on a diet that lacks things a child’s body and especially certain organs need to develop and function properly.

That aside, she does sound like a good mom.

Lola Marie on

I’ve known Erykah since I was 14 (I knew her brother first) and I must say that she is a really great mother. She thinks outside of the box when it comes to raising her kids. They are so intelligent and aware of everything! Erykah herself is so insightful. She needs to write a book :-)

Tina. on

shes a really cool person, i for one think her kids names` are really unique, i would never use them but if thats her personality then all power to her :)

Whitney Sterk on

Puma is not just a sports company -it’s an amimal too….

millefleur on

She is so interesting, what a wise mama. I really like her mothering style a lot!

skunknuggets on

It’s great that she made the choices that were best for her. Many people don’t even know that homebirth is a safe option for low risk women. She sounds very well educated in her decisions.

Aniah on

I’m not sure of Erykah’s reasons for naming her son Seven but others that I know of that have done the same do so (partly) because of it’s significance in the Bible.

I’ve always loved the name but not sure if I’m brave enough to name my child that lol.

cathy b on

Erykah is an AWESOME!! mom love her and her music. I think she should write a book as well!!!!

crg on

Sidney, the baby is only 7 months old and is being breastfed. I think a breastfed baby would actually be at less of a risk to be vitamin deficient from a macrobiotic diet than an older child. Food isn’t the baby’s main source of nutrion. I’d be concerned once the child is weaned.

zanna on

While I applaud her dedication to her sons schooling….how on Earth does she know that Seven is one of the top students in Dallas?

zanna on

Three different fathers??!!

Ashlee on

Seven…reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George wants to name his first child Seven. “It could be used for a girl OR a boy!” haha

christina on

Um…interesting views. Not sure I agree w/her on…well, any of her philosophy! And three dads for three kids? Hmmm…priorities seem a big ‘off’ — maybe less concern about their diet and more about their basic homelife needs.

Pierre on

I love Erykah’s music and her approach to motherhood.

dee on

Yes. She has three different fathers! Like Melanie Griffith or like how Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon, and Jennifer Connelly have two different fathers for their children. And her kids are 7 mos., 5, and nearly twelve, it’s not anything I would do, but it’s not as though she had them a year apart.

zanna on

Christina, I TOTALLY agree!

noam on

ah! i was just having this discussion with some friends today. one friend is super-involved with her daughter’s class, going to parent-teacher conferences, chaperoning fieldtrips, volunteering as a room mother once month (in addition to a full time job.) and she also makes sure her daughter learns in other ways. for summer vacation, they went to washington, dc, and toured age-appropriate museums and historical sites, etc. my other friend does pretty much the minimum for her twin sons. she goes into conferences and checks to make sure their homework is done, but doesn’t require/ encourage reading on their own, instead allowing hours of tv. the second friend couldn’t understand why, if all three kids are in the same grade, her sons were falling behind/on the tailend of class performance…um! she doesn’t seem to understand that the underpaid/overworked recent college grad standing in the front of the classroom is not the only teacher her kids can have. (sorry for the semi-rant, i just was frustrated, and erykah’s view on education kind of spoke to me.)

J-Lin on

Thanks Dee. Funny how standards can be so different for people.

fay on

those of you who comment on erykah’s children having different fathers should also google her comments on that… actually u don’t have to, i will do it for you:
HOW DARE YOU DISRESPECT THE QUEENDOM

…AND MY CHILDREN AND MY INTELLIGENCE.

ive never been so disgusted in all of my life .
there is no other place i used to enjoy more .
i post no where else .
you guys have taken an all time low , tho.

I’LL STATE MY PEACE

i am a great mother and care giver to my 2 children and to this world .
my children are 2 of the kindest and happiest people i have met.
I home schooled them and taught them the ways of good to the best of my ability.
i am their doctor and their nurse .
and even sometimes their mother and their father.

i am an excellent mother and resent all of the negative comments and insults on my character.
I PUT MUCH TIME AND THOUGHT INTO HAVING AND RAISING MY CHILDREN.
IVE HAD THE HONORS OF HAVING 2 HOME BIRTHS AND 2 WONDERFUL PARTNERS BY MY SIDE.

every relationship i have been in was because i loved the person DEARLY and was dedicated to us “exclusively” FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

the fathers of my children are my brothers and friends .
we have a great deal of respect for one another and always will.
WE LOVE OUR CHILDREN TO NO END.
we took our own “vows” and CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THEM.
AND THAT IS WHAT THAT IS .

question?
WHAT IS MARRIAGE ?
WHO IS THE JUDGE?
WE ONLY UNDERSTAND THE EXAMPLES WE ARE GIVEN ( well sort of)

WOULD IT “LOOK BETTER ” TO MARRY AND DIVIORCE AND MARRY AGAIN ?
WOULD THAT BE MORALLY CORRECT ?
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE ? the government’s involvement i guess.
IDEALLY , IT WOULD BE EXCELLENT TO FIND THE MAN OR WOMAN WHO FULFILLS YOUR SPIRIT AND STAY FOR EVER AND EVER ( thru sickness and health till death do us part ) AND HAVE HEALTHY STRONG CHILDREN AS A RESULT OF A HEALTHY AND STRONG UNION.
(this CAN happen … we need much training , however.)

OR

IS IT REALLY “GOOD” TO STAY IN A RELATIONSHIP WHERE BOTH PARTIES ARE UNFULFILLED , LONGING FOR RELIEF , BRINGING one another down as a result of improper training , creating BAD ENERGY AND EXPERIENCES FOR THE CHILD TO REPEAT ?
(not to mention breeding deceit and anger and resentment )
SEEMS TO CREATE FEARFUL CHILDREN WHO TURN INTO FEARFUL ADULTS .

HOW MANY OF YOU GREW UP IN 2 PARENT HOMES THAT WERE MISERABLE AS F*CK ?
OR 2 PARENT HOMES THAT WERE NOT PERFECT BUT WORKED?
HOW MANY GREW UP IN ONE PARENT HOMES WHERE THE MOTHER WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE YOU WERE CARED FOR BUT SHE WASNT QUITE HAPPY?
HOW ABOUT A HOME WHERE THE FATHER WAS THE MAIN CARE GIVER AND DID THE BEST HE COULD -LACKING NURTURE?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE A SIBLING THAT HAS A DIFFERENT FATHER OR MOTHER?
DOES HE OR SHE MEAN LESS TO YOU?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 1 MOTHER OR FATHER OF YOUR OWN CHILDren ?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAD /OR / ARE PARENTS RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN ,THAT DONT QUITE FIT ANY OF THESE DESCRIPTIONS?
HOW MANY OF YOU STAY IN UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS FOR FEAR OF GOING TO HELL?
HOW MANY HOS OUT THERE … THAT HAVE KIDS TO GET A PAYDAY?
HOW MANY PEOPLE GETTING THEY ASS KICKED AND ARE FORCED TO SUBMIT CAUSE YO MAMA GOT HER ASS KICKED?
THEN WHAT is CORRECT?

how about this:

I PRAY WITH MY CHILDREN
I FEED THEM GOOD FOOD
THEY RESPECT PEOPLES DIFFERENCES
THEY TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH ME
THE KNOW WHO THEY ARE
THEY ADORE THEIR FATHERS AND ARE LOVED BY 2 PARENTS OR MORE -
OR TWO OR MORE SETS OF LOVING GRANDPARENTS
THEY CRY
THEY GET HURT
THEY GET SICK
THEY HEAL

THEY ARE real

THEY ARE NOT AN IDEA or a TOPIC
AND NEITHER AM I .
I AM ALIVE .
I AM BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.
I AM A GOOD WOMAM.
I AM GROWING
I AM COMPLETE WITH OR WITHOUT A PARTNER AND WILL ALWAYS BE
AND I HAVE DREAMS OF A FAMILY STRUCTURE
ALL OF MY DREAMS DO NOT COME TRUE
AND DESPITE ALL OF THE PAIN IN MY LIFE …
IN MY MOTHERS LIFE …
IN MY GRANDMOTHERS LIFE
WE HAVE ALWAYS ENDURED
AND THERE IS SO MUCH JOY TO BE EXPERIENCED.
I NEVER HAD A FATHER AND I DONT KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE -
BUT MY CHILDREN DO , AND THEY LOVE THEIR ‘PARENTS’ .

WE ARE THEIR CHAMPIONS .

live how you want . follow which ever pattern YOU like .
MY CHILDREN WILL BE LEADERS
and they will not ever be slaves to this society’s failing idea of morality.
THEY OWN THEIR MINDS AND THEIR DREAMS.

BIRTH CONTROL lol … could have 10 babies instead of 2 .

I LOVE CHILDREN AND I WILL HAVE AS MANY AS GOD WILL GIVE ME .

I AM VERY HEALTHY AND RESPONSIBLE AND SO ARE ALL OF MY PARTNERS

I CHOSE THEM WISELY AND SOBERLY .

ALL GOOD BROTHERS .

your opinions lack experience and are not only careless but also very uninformed and immature.

nothing is sacred here . and i see why.

if i lose you as a fan because i want to continue to have children then
F*CK OFF… WHO NEEDS YOU ….CERTAINLY NOT ME … KICK ROCKS … CALL TYRONE … PACK LIGHT …. BITE ME

i have defended myself here ON THIS SITE and hurled a few insults .. but only in response to your insults of
my music , my clothes , my lyrics , my hair , my being a woman , my spirit, my choices of partners….
these have all been on trial here . and i continued to support the energy of this place .

this is to all the okay players / REAL HUMAN BEINGS hiding behind screen names in order to insult one another and who ever else you will.

geeeez…
i had to say something
i am so sad for parents who try , today guys
enough is enuf.

dont judge to quickly , OKAY PLAYER?

i know you are having fun , but what if it were you and your children?
my son is 10 .
my daughter, 4 .

peace

ANALOGUE GIRL

and if this post is not clear
kiss my placenta.

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Nicole on

Once again, I can count on coming here to read someone’s judgemental opinion of someone that they don’t even know. How refreshing it would be to see you guys just comment on the positives and not critque everyone else’s lives!

That said, I love what she said about learning. It truly never stops and I love that she is teaching her children that.

As for 3 fathers… who cares? Are they your kids? Is it your life? Nope, it’s her’s and as long as she and the fathers are taking care of them, who are we to judge? Like someone else said her kids are nearly 12, 5, and 7 months, it’s not like she has 3 kids with 3 dads and they’re all under 4. They’re pretty spread out. But again… who cares?? It doesn’t bother her obviously, so why should it bother anyone else? It’s not hurting you a bit.

Bieta on

double standards…Madonna has two baby daddys too. Leave Erykah alone. Ugh.

Bieta on

and heidi klum has two as well!!

shalay on

Wow, thank you for posting that, Fay. I admit that I can sometimes be quick to judge when I view a family situation that is less than ideal. Reading Erykah’s own words, and feeling her raw openness about her love for her children and herself, kind of made me take a step back and look at her family unit differently. Obviously no one plans to have children with more than one man. But just because it happens, who are we to judge? I’m willing to bet that Erykah’s three children are more balanced, healthy, and progressed than many other children who come from a nuclear family.

Besides that, I really love her outlook on her children’s education and health. I wish most parents could be as involved and interested in their children’s well being as she seems to be. I hope to be like that someday.

zanna on

Nicole:
“it’s not like she has 3 kids with 3 dads and they’re all under 4. ..”

So, if that were the case then it would be “wrong?” Either it’s a big deal or not, how did you come up with your arbitrary numbers of fathers, kids and ages???

momof4 on

We need more moms out there like her. She takes the time to educate herself on parenting, birth, diet, education.

I wish more would do the same.

CelebBabyLover on

“She the first Twitter baby, and she’s breastfed on Twitty milk.” I think that explains where the rumors about her naming the baby “Twitty Milk” came from. She probably made a comment similar to the above one on Twitter, and people mistakenly thought that was the baby’s name. :)

Stella Bella on

I love her views on school and diet. This is obviously a woman who doesn’t hesitate to think for herself!

babyboopie on

Wow faye! I was laughing so hard at what you had to say!! I have to say, that’s probably the most refreshing honest comment I’ve heard in a long while and I applaud you for that! I too, have 2 children (one is on the way) by 2 different fathers but unfortunately it wasn’t my decision. My first child’s father left me when my son was 18 months and now I am engaged to my unborn baby’s father and couldn’t be happier. My son is happy, my fiance is happy and I am happy. As a family, we work. Everyone is healthy, loved and happy and that should be what is important. Anyway, thanks for that!

Laila on

Bravo to her about the continuous learning piece! I have a 9 year old daughter and say that to her everyday. I have friends who think it’s solely the job of the school to educate their children. We go to museums, Broadway shows, travel and do anything and everything that I can afford. Her summer consisted of having tons of fun combined with reading, writing and workbooks. So regardless of what Ms. Badu does in her personal life, it sounds like her children are well loved.

April on

I love that Erykah is so strong in her convictions. Her kids seem all the better for it.

Babyboopie, Fay did not write that piece, she was pasting in something Erykah wrote during her pregnancy with Mars in response to people judging her as they have here.

brannon on

Lots of double standards indeed. She seems extemely dedicated to educating herself and her children. Wish there were more people like her and less people judging her. Though I admit to being continually amused by all the “moral” people who fail to practice tolerance, acceptance and the use of kind words. Morality at its best.

nettrice on

I was told once that morals are for morons. That’s strong. I prefer to think that morals are for people who are trained to lean on others/other peoples’ opinions on how to live. I live somewhere in the middle where morals are helpful but I do not use them to judge other people. Life is too short for that.

Lola on

I think she’s unconventional, but she is very refreshing.

Rachel on

No question about it, she does seem to be a very good mother. I do think it is wrong to assume she is a bad mother solely on her choice of having three children out of wedlock and with different fathers. However, I do feel that ultimately she is setting the wrong example for all of the young women in our society. Because it works for Erykah and her family does not mean that’s how it will be for everyone in that same situation. I know plenty of unwed mothers with children from several different men and in my opinion it is not an “ideal” situation that you want to project onto impressional young women. Having said that, I say again that she does seem to be a wonderful mother and ultimately that is what is most important.

fay on

babyboopie those words are not mine, they are erykah’s, she’s already answered these questions… no need for me too…

HAY nutty netty, i miss u over at the other place… (smile)

Laila on

Rachel,

Why can’t people just simply live and do what works for their individual lives. Why must they always be the poster children for what society deems as “the right” way to live. I teach my daughter to look within her heart for the choices that she makes not to follow the lead of others. So, the women of our society should look to their mothers for examples not random strangers, who are what celebrities, are. Random strangers that are humans like the rest of us!!!!!!

Erica on

Actually…Melanie Griffith has three different baby’s fathers, as does Christy Brinkley. Erykah Badu is certainly no pioneer when it comes to that. :) She has always sounded like an awesome mom and yes, her kids’ names are not run of the mill but at least they have deeper significance.

Rachel on

Yes but the simple fact is that they are examples to young women like it or not! Good point Erica that she is not the pioneer when it comes to that but that really isn’t jusification.

Jas on

Great point, Erica!!! I can’t say I remember seeing these kinds of comments about Melanie Griffth or Christine Brinkley having kids by multiple men when there is a post about them. Everyone has done something in their life that may be questionable to others. Live and let live.

Chris on

Erykah is a free spirit but also very grounded. By the way, there are quite a few MALE celebs who have children with multiple mothers. Same difference.

Gracie on

Like the quote, which goes something to the effect, that in the act of judging another person, this shows more about the person doing the judging than the person they are actually judging…I wish I could locate the exact quote as it is written much more simple and eloquently…

Additionally, apart from the motives that trigger ppl to judge–there are many ppl who judge based on society’s conventions.

Society has permitted, even encouraged many immoral practices and thoughts in the past as well as today or atleast promoted certain values that upon greater consideration may not be right for everyone –society’s values shouldn’t be swallowed up blindly and we must use our own independent minds when looking at many aspects of society and what society may soemtimes deem as wrong.

Some of society’s values and morals have been suspect in the past and many are today. This is a myriad topic, though!

So apart from the mistake of judging ppl based on media representations and from afar, we must always acknowledge that society and many conventions are not morality-meters anyway.

In addition, we are all human beings and who are each of us to judge another person in such a way?

Power and peace to you and your family, Erykah.And on a personal note, you sound empowered, loving, responsible and smart.

Nettrice on

Tell it like it is Gracie! And fay I do not know who you are or what that “other place” might be but I hope you have “nutty” fun there.

Wowza on

Whom Erykah, or any woman or man, chooses to parent with is none of anyone else’s business. Same for women and men who choose to parent alone. Unless there is some sort of abuse or a very low standard of care/neglect, everyone should keep their opinions to themselves about what they deem to be a “less than ideal situation” or “bad decision”. There is no one, perfect, great, better way to parent a child. Your opinions are your own, and should be kept to yourself. When people stop imposing their beliefs on others and allow others to simply live as they wish, that is when we will have peace.

Bisou on

My friend’s son has seven dads and four moms while her daughter has like five dads and six moms, I think. It’s a bit confusing but she’s bisexual and it works for her.

What I hate is when posters whine about how moral people are intolerant but then they often comment negatively on different posts. So is it JUST “moral” people who can’t be tolerant or is it everyone? Brannon, feel free to answer since I’ve seen you jump in before with your negative views, only to turn around and say other people are intolerant for having negative views. If intolerance is bad then can we as a society (including you) ever state a negative opinion about someone or something without being intolerant ourselves? Also aren’t you automatically judgemental just by stating other people are judgemental? Dumb it down for me.

Personally, I’ve had five kids by three dads and I don’t care if people like it. If I did care, I wouldn’t have had five kids by three dads. The fact that so many posters feel the need to tell their life stories to defend their life decisions tells me they didn’t consider those decisions very deeply when they made them. That and based on many posts, everything is the man’s fault anyway. Oh, well, Erykah doesn’t seem to care what other people think (lifestyle choices, children’s names, etc) which I respect.

marimel on

Bisou… I am so confused by your first sentence. Don’t feel like you have to clarify, but I’m slightly intrigued. Although it just hit me, maybe since your friend is bisexual, you’re saying her two children have that many people that are father and mother-like figures? haha sorry, like I said, you don’t have to give the long, complicated story, it just caught my attention. Also, thank you so much for saying that it is judgmental to claim someone is being judgmental. I’ve wanted to say that so many times on so many threads but wasn’t in the mood to deal with the possible responses. I also think it’s hypocritical in that we are all freakin born judging others… it’s part of being human, as ugly is it is, it’s reality. Find me a person who has never done this and I’ll give you all the money I have.

Also, maybe having three different fathers isn’t the most ideal situation, but life happens.

fay on

nettrice, i didn’t use ur name, so how did u know nutty netty was in reference to u… at any rate, ur no longer w/ us at the other place, and that’s cool… i just wanted to tell u i miss u (no snark, i really enjoyed u lady) but i won’t “out” u here… that’s enough… bye bye

Dee on

It makes me so sick to see people come on here and start critisizing people and the choices they make. We all live our lives and we all take offense when people judge us, so why are we passing judgement on Erykah and how many baby fathers she has.

The woman is not hiding it and the fact that she is open and open to understanding that her childrens’ needs and priority comes before all else shows us that she DOES have their best interest at heart.

She could have 10 baby fathers for all I care. She is a successful, confident and strong woman and she can provide for her children in every way they need.

You people that are quick to throw stones need to clean up the garbage in your own yards before you start bashing other people about theirs. Like my mama used to tell me, ‘If you live in a glass house, dont throw stones!’

taegan on

Talented lady. More and more people are going for home schooling.

mochababe73 on

Plainly put, Erykay did the interview voluntarily. She put herself out there. It is expected that people would give their opinions. It’s only natural.
Personally, I have always thought that Ms. Badu was a little weird, and this has nothing to do with her parenting skills or how she names her children. I am a teacher, and I wish that more parents were as involved as she is. I am also concerned about the baby on a macrobiotic diet. Diets are for adults.
I don’t care who she is or anyone else is, but I do have issue with three children and three different fathers. I guess that I am a moron since, for me, this is morally wrong. Erykah is the exception and not the rule. Alot of women who have several children with several different fathers don’t fair as well. All of these fathers are fairly wealthy and can help her support the children as well as the fact that she was a famous songstress and has her own money. This is not typical.
Good luck to Ms. Badu, and I hope that she continues on this path of raising her children correctly.

NettieB on

mochababe73, I am not calling anyone a moron. I just wonder what the world would be like if people put the same attention on their own lives/choices as the do others/celebrities. At the very least we would come up in a society we a few less “standards” to box us in.

fay, I still don’t know who you are but everyone here knows my name and it’s not too hard to tie netty with Nettrice (nett is halfway there). Fortunately there are a few Nettrices in the world. Perhaps one will belong to your group one day.

Adrienne on

My sister and I have different fathers and both say we are each a half that completes a whole.

cornell on

people always judge woman differently for having children with more than one guy my grandmother has 4 kids by 4 diferent dads & even though she was married to two of them & all her kids are over 3 years apart people always look at her differently like she was sleeping with alot of men but the truth is things just happen

Jen on

I enjoy Erykah’s music, however, the last time we saw her in concert, she said “F*** the police!” My husband was offended since he is a police officer. Needless to say we haven’t since her since.

nadine7777 on

As a 23 year-old, I personally would not want to have 3 children by 3 different men…which is why I probably won’t. Problem solved. Other people can have as many children with as many different men as they like.
Though I plan on getting married before having any children, whose to say that a marriage will last for the rest of one’s life? If my marriage ended in divorce or death, I hope that I would not refrain from dating or entering into another relationship, with the possibility of marrying again and having more children. At the same time, I personally want to avoid becoming a “baby momma” at all costs…I feel like the woman (and often the child as well) always gets the short end of the stick in that sort of relationship. Not to mention the fact that I have to finish grad school and becoming financially stable before having children. This isn’t something that celebrities necessarily have to worry about, but for me there’s no compromise: if I can’t afford to start saving for college (in addition to the numerous other financial and emotional expenses that raising a child entails) then I need to wait longer to have children. But everyone approaches parenting differently and despite your best efforts, you can’t plan everything. Sometimes it’s better not too….you just have to keep in mind what’s best for you, your future, your partner, and the children you might someday bring into the world.

pam on

“When a mother has found out she’s going to have a baby, her whole life — her diet, her mood, her energy — should kind of prepare her. After she prepares herself, fear is never a part of it. I expected success and health, so I made sure I surrounded myself with it. By the time I had my third baby, childbirth seemed a very natural part of life to me.”
This statement proves what a friend of mine told me she has four kids, I was told when she was in college she had a child who would be in their late teens now, she is talking about anticipating the childs birth then states, by the time I had my third baby child birth seemed very natural to me.

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