Shakira Opens Up About Raising Her Sons: We Treat Them As Equals
By Alex Ungerman
Awww, Shakira is one of the best mama's around!
The 38-year-old pop star opened up about her sons -- 2-year-old Milan and 3-month-old Sasha -- and their multicultural upbringing in the debut issue of Parents Latina.
"In Spain, parents speak to their children as equals, and I feel that the children respond in turn," said Shakira. "Their dad [soccer star Gerard Piqué] and I both grew up in very close-knit families, and that has made us openly affectionate parents."
Apparently, Shakira also makes sure her little ones get an eclectic taste of music in the home.
"We listen to Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Carlos Vives, old-school salsa -- something for every mood," says Shakira. "Milan loves songs with a lot of percussion; I think babies are naturally drawn to those kinds of rhythms."
Growing up with Shakira and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué has to be one of the coolest things ever, although Shakira admits that she is the one who has to put her foot down sometimes.
"Gerard and I pretty much share all parenting responsibilities, although I'm definitely the disciplinarian," she reveals.
Becoming a parent, it turns out, has taught Shakira a lot about herself.
"Becoming a mom forced me to re-prioritize and make room for the things that are most important, while recognizing that there are things I can let go of and the world won't crumble around me," she says.
Well with two beautiful little boys, it appears Shakira is doing a pretty good job!
The debut issue of Parents Latina is on stands now.