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“He’s already asking some really tough questions.”
When it comes to raising a child, every parent’s approach is different. So when it came to discussing the ugly truths of today’s world with his young son, Tyler Perry explained why he’s choosing to wait.
During a recent interview with AARP, Tyler made a rare comment about his 7-year-old son Aman and why he’s avoiding talking about race with him.
“I haven’t had the conversation with Aman because he’s only 7,” Tyler told AARP. “I want to hold out as long as I can.”
“I don’t want to tell him that there are people who will judge him because of the color of his skin, because right now he’s in a school with every race, and all these kids are in their purest form.”
Tyler added that whenever Aman — his son who he shares with his ex, Gelila Bekele — describes his friends, he never mentions their race. Tyler’s hoping to preserve Aman’s adolescent naivety for as long as possible.
“The moment he loses that innocence is going to be a very, very sad day for me. I know it’s coming, though.”
“He’s already asking some really tough questions. What I want him to be, more than anything, is somebody who sees injustice, speaks out against it and effects change.”
And who wouldn’t want that from their child? To read more about Tyler Perry and why he keeps his son out of the public eye, check out his full interview with AARP.
Have you made the conscious decision to wait until your child is older to discuss certain things with them, or do you believe the sooner the better? Let us know in the comments below!