Fox News reports that two of Kate Gosselin’s famous eight-child brood were expelled from their Pennsylvania school, making more massive headlines for the Gosselin family. Reports said that two of the Gosselin sextuplets, now 6 years old, Alexis and Collin, were expelled from school for bullying, name-calling and “rage issues.” Those who have seen Kate explode on camera before might not be too surprised to hear that at least some of the eight children have anger issues as well.
But are the Gosselin kids a good example of what most celebrity kids are like? They are reality TV stars, unlike children who grow up on the camera but still have a private life with their families at home. They have also gone through a divorce with every juicy detail on camera and in magazines for the world to see. Not all celebrity kids have faced this type of trauma.
The son and daughter of the famous Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden and Willow, seem to have an excellent education tailored to their specific, individual needs by their parents. Back in 2008, Will and Jada funded an elementary school much in the style of the homeschool program they had created for their children.
In an article for E Online, Will explains, “About 10 years ago, Jada and I started dreaming about the possibility of creating an ideal educational environment, where children could feel happy, positive and excited about learning.”
He added, “New Village Academy was born of a simple question: Is it possible to create an educational environment in which children have fun learning? Jada and I believe the answer is yes.”
Currently, both Smith children are pursing musical and acting careers of their own while their parents still enforce the importance of education. Their custom-tailored homeschool program allows them to focus on education while living a unique, celebrity kid’s life.
Another example of celebrity kids who finished their education without any expulsions are the Jonas Brothers. According to One News Now, they attended a private Christian school in Northern New Jersey before becoming big and famous; the older brothers have graduated and the younger two finished out their education through homeschooling. The Jonas Brothers are part of a Christian family who travels everywhere together in support of one another and the family dynamic as a whole. The brothers have mentioned in multiple interviews how they never fight the way people would suspect brothers to fight, and that they get along really well.
Fame doesn’t have to negatively impact school life. It seems a great deal of the responsibility lies in the parents, just like for non-famous children. When parents take an active role in their child’s lives and in their education, the student will be more successful with their education.
As a parent of four myself, I can only try to imagine what it would be like if one or all of my children became famous. I think I would feel much like Will and Jada Smith in that I would want to have a direct hand in what they are doing and make the choice to be, particularly over what they are allowed to do and where they are allowed to travel as children and students. It’s not all about how much money you can get right now; it’s about the future of the kids.
Also, like the Jonas Brothers, I would want us to travel as a family. We are self-employed, so we can spend as much time with our children as possible as it is. If one or all of them became famous, I would not want that family time together to change. As a parent, you just have to keep your priorities in line and not get caught up in the Hollywood glitz and glamor. Kids aren’t capable of making those difficult decisions on their own, and they turn to their parents for help.
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