Tina Knowles-Lawson spoke at #BlackGirlMagic in Atlanta last weekend as part of Summit21, the largest influencer conference for Black women. Tina shared what she did, to make her girls feel special when they were kids. “One thing I’m really happy I did was I gave each of my kids a day. As Solange got older, I would spend Wednesday’s with her and help with homework and do those types of things and just devote that day to her, and then one day to Bey. It really works because it made them feel [good] you know cause kids, no matter how much you give them love and attention, it’s never enough. I mean I’m sure, everybody who has kids knows, you can take them to Astroworld (Houston amusement park that closed in 2005), to eat, and they’ll still say, ‘Well what else we gon’ do?’ “We are taught as children, as young girls, to complete with each other. It’s just bad- ‘who’s the cutest, who’s the finest, who’s going to get the guy’ and it’s the hardest thing dealing with these girls that I deal with because, when they get to be 12 & 13, one of the things we talk about is the girl code, and the girl code is, not dating your friend’s ex boyfriend, those obvious things. And not to be competitive, but to celebrate each other and to lift each other up. You all know that guys will come and go. But if you have a good girlfriend, that’s your ride or die. And so you don’t let guys, or anybody come between you. I know y’all are older so I know none of y’all are doing that but that’s just really important to have (a) sisterhood.”
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