Unlike other parents like Billy Ray Cyrus, Sheryl knows you can’t be friends with your kids. They need someone in charge at home!
Sheryl Crow is a smart cookie when it comes to raising her two adopted sons, Wyatt, 3, and Levi, 1, as a single mother. She’s no pushover — and we like that about her!
“I’m strict,” Sheryl, 49, tells Prevention Magazine, which she covers this month. “I think one thing that is missing now with kids is that hierarchy of adults not being friends, even though ultimately that’s what you want with your kids. They have to understand that somebody’s in charge and sometimes the answer is no. It’s about being consistent.” We couldn’t agree more!
Sheryl raises her boys on a 154-acre farm right outside of Nashville, where her sons have plenty of male figures to look up too. “I never thought I’d be raising a boy by myself. Now that I’m three and a half years in and I see Wyatt going into a little testosterone phase I’m like, Whoa!” she admits. “But he has great role models. He sees his two uncles and his granddad often and my farm manager on a daily basis.”
And someone else the boys have been seeing lately is Sheryl’s new producer beau. But the country songstress has rules when it comes to meeting her kids — don’t get too attached.
“I’ve been in the situation where I’ve been involved with people and their kids, and if the relationship doesn’t work out, it’s heartbreak,” Sheryl explains. “So I’m keeping the relationship friend-based when we’re around the kids. Luckily, we have a great foundation, having known each other for fifteen years.”
Sheryl has the right idea. We always worry about children being introduced to their mother or father’s significant other too soon. Kids don’t understand breakups and it can be tough on them.
How do you feel about it, HollyMoms and Dads?