Jill Scott Advice to Single Moms: “Don’t Talk Bad About His Dad”

September 11, 2013  |  

When singer and actress Jill Scott was promoting her upcoming film “Baggage Claim”, our sister site MadameNoire caught up with her to talk about her latest project and family life. Scott is a single mother to Jett, her son with former drummer John Roberts. But single mother, she wants us to know, isn’t what we think it is. “By single, I mean I’m not married, but by no means do I mean I’m doing it alone.” Hear more from the songstress about being the best mother

On raising a son as a single parents:

“Be his mother, be his friend, but don’t be his girlfriend. That’s a big one.
He’ll have to understand the repercussions of his actions. That’s your job. To make sure that he understands and feels the full brunt of what will happen if he doesn’t abide by the rules of this here house. I’m going to be lenient. I’m not going to lock you in a cage, but society will. So I need you to understand the pros and cons of being a rebel. Real spit.

On co-parenting with your ex:

“Don’t talk bad about his dad. If you have to bite your tongue in half, do that before you start talking crap about his dad. He’ll look at that as a reflection of himself and exactly who you don’t want him to be is who he’ll be because he thinks it’s in his DNA, but it’s bigger than DNA and that’s big.”

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