The pandemic was the first time Jennifer Lopez had dinner with her kids every night

Jennifer Lopez covers WSJ. Magazine to promote, as always, a variety of projects. She has a new movie (Marry Me), a new cosmetics like (JLo Beauty), a wellness brand with Alex Rodriguez (Hims & Hers) and like a million other things. I always enjoy Jennifer when she’s talking about business, but in this interview, I found her discussion of family life during the pandemic rather fascinating. I’ve always appreciated the fact that Jennifer has never leaned into the “Insta-mommy” thing, and she’s never really put her kids or motherhood front-and-center with her celebrity brand. She doesn’t hide her kids – Max and Emme – away, and they’re on her social media sometimes and in paparazzi photos, etc. But she just doesn’t really go hard into the motherhood talk like so many celeb moms. But she does in this interview!

Being home with the kids during the pandemic: “I actually loved being home and having dinner with the kids every night, which I hadn’t done in probably—ever. And the kids kind of expressed to me, like, the parts that they were fine with about our lives and the parts they weren’t fine with.” Lopez called the conversation “a real eye-opener and a reassessment” of “what was working and what wasn’t working.”

She realized her kids needed her: “You thought you were doing OK, but you’re rushing around and you’re working and they’re going to school and we’re all on our devices. We’re providing this awesome life for them, but at the same time, they need us. They need us in a different way. We have to slow down and we have to connect more. And, you know, I don’t want to miss things. And I realized, ‘God. I would have missed that if I wasn’t here today.’”

The pandemic aged everybody: “I feel like everybody aged, like, three years during this pandemic. I watched them go from kind of young and naive to really, like, grown-ups to me now. When did this happen? They’re not our babies anymore. They’ve been given a dose of the real world, with the knowledge that things can be taken away from you and life is going to happen no matter what. They had to grow up….So did we.”

On A-Rod: “I think where we’re twin souls, or whatever term you want to use, is in the way that there are no limits. That we’re limitless. That’s my thing, but he helped me realize how true that is. We can do anything. We both have that DNA—like, why not? Why can’t we build not one multibillion-dollar business, but three or four? Why can’t we own the Mets?”

She tries to limit the twins’ time on devices: “The twins are 12 now. It’s crazy. I’ve got to get them off those electronics for the rest of the day. I let them have them in the morning on the weekends but then I’ve gotta snatch ‘em.”

[From E! News]

I found this interesting and sort of sad and sort of remarkable that she said it: “…having dinner with the kids every night, which I hadn’t done in probably—ever.” I don’t think Max and Emme were, like, fending for themselves for years. Jennifer has always had an entourage made up of helpers and family. I’m sure she’s always had extended family and nannies around for Max and Emme throughout their lives. But yeah, Jennifer has always liked to WORK and that means she wasn’t around for family dinners most of the time. It also reminds me a bit of what happened in Will and Jada Smith’s family – when Jaden and Willow were just kids, they had to basically remind their parents of that and tell their parents to stop treating them like adults. I wonder if Max and Emme were like “you gotta treat us like we’re 12, damn it MA!” I hate that for these children.

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