Gabrielle Union from 'LA's Finest' Reportedly Reveals Her Approach to Parenting as She Raises Kids with Husband Dwyane Wade
Gabrielle Union is not holding back on her views about parenting. The actress, who has been criticized in the past for supporting her stepson's sexuality, recently opened up about the imperfections of raising kids.
Union and her husband, Dwyane Wade, are two celebrities who know the good and bad sides of raising kids in the spotlight. While their daughter, Kaavia, is an internet sensation, folks have not been too accepting of Wade's son, Zion.
Nevertheless, Union and the retired NBA star continue to love their kids unconditionally. The "L.A’s Finest" star shed light on her parenting philosophy in a recent interview with Baller Alert.
"The second they got home, I was like 'They can kill you and get away with it because now you’re trespassing!'"
"It’s OK to acknowledge that perhaps there’s a better, more loving, more compassionate way of raising kids than in previous generations," she said.
"It’s OK to lead with love. It’s OK if your children aren’t exactly like you. It’s OK to nurture your child’s interest, even if those things don’t interest you. It’s Ok to evolve your thinking. It’s OK to not live in fear or judgment. There are no perfect parents or perfect children. So just breathe and do your best and lead with love and acceptance."
PUTTING WORDS INTO ACTION
Union has never shied away from sharing her views on how she raises kids alongside her husband. While Wade has three sons from previous relationships, he and Union welcomed their daughter, Kaavia, via surrogacy last year.
Earlier this year, Union and the family came under a lot of criticism when they headed out to support Zion at the Miami Beach Pride Parade. Ditto when Wade shared a video of the 12-year-old strutting down a runway.
DEFENDING HER KIDS
More recently, the former Miami Heat star shared a photo of Zion, Union, and Kaavia with the caption: "My Girls." A Twitter user then shared a screenshot of the pic, asking what others thought about it. Union came to the rescue with a quick reply.
"Looks like love to me," she said. "I truly hope that everyone gets the love, support, and hugs they deserve."
Even before welcoming Kaavia, Union has always proven that she’s a doting mom to her husband's kids. During a TV appearance in 2017, the "Breaking In" star got candid about the terror that comes with raising black sons in America.
A MOTHER'S FEAR
Union told the ladies of "The View" about getting numb after realizing her stepsons were taking part in the viral internet challenge called the "drive-by dunk." The game involved young people randomly driving through a neighborhood and dunking in any basketball hoop they passed.
Union's fear was compounded by the knowledge of Florida’s open-carry and "stand your ground" gun laws, which allow people to defend themselves to the extent of killing another if they feel threatened.
"I'm looking at Snapchat, and I see our boys are doing the dunk challenge, and literally, my arm goes numb. I'm panicked. The second they got home, I was like 'They can kill you and get away with it because now you’re trespassing!'"
The actress appears to have been protective of her stepsons back then, and judging by recent interactions, she doesn’t seem to be backing down.
Union and Wade tied the knot in August 2014 and recently celebrated their fifth anniversary.
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