Celebrities make motherhood look so easy and fun, which is probably why reality star Kim Zolciak’s teen daughter, Brielle, says she’s already dying to become a mom.
The Zolciaks formerly starred on the Real Housewives of Atlanta and now star in Bravo’s hit reality show Don’t Be Tardy, along with Kim’s five other children and her husband, NFL player Kroy Biermann. Eighteen-year-old Brielle just graduated from high school in May, but in a sneak preview for the reality show’s fourth season, Brielle talks about how she’s starting to consider taking things to the next level with her current boyfriend, Slade, and how ready she is to start having babies.
The clip features Brielle having dinner with her mom and telling her, “I want to be a young mom, like you!” Kim wrinkles her nose and is visibly shocked by the confession. The 37-year-old is mom to six children, ranging in age from 19 months to 18 years, and she got pregnant with Brielle when she was only 19 years old. As much as we know she loves her kids, we’re also pretty sure she’d like her daughter to wait a few more years before making such a huge decision:
Obviously the life of a reality star is full of glitz and opportunity. It makes complete sense that Brielle would want to follow in her mom’s glamorous footsteps, but she probably doesn’t realize the road her mom took was also a hard one.
And this is not just a “celeb mom problem” — babies are difficult even when you’re completely ready for them, and moms make a lot of sacrifices for their kids that teenagers rarely recognize. Talking to kids about those sacrifices can be difficult, but it’s necessary if you want to keep them from repeating your mistakes.
You have to tell your kids about the things you did in your past — yes, even the bad things. Keep your boundaries as the parent, but also let them know you’re a human being. Be honest, and tell them what you would do differently and how your choices impacted your future and your goals. Most of all, let them know that you trust them to be able to decide what’s right for them and that you’ll always be there for them no matter what.
Being a young mom seems really hip and fun, but it also means missing out on a lot of exciting, important parts of early adulthood. It means less freedom and more responsibility. It means making hard decisions when really you just want to be out having fun and figuring out who you are. A teenager might think she’s ready to be a mom, but she probably isn’t giving much thought to all the hard parts.
In an Instagram post after Brielle’s graduation, Kim wrote about how proud she is of her daughter and how hard their family has worked to get Brielle to this point in her life. Kim is obviously extremely supportive, and the pair seem like they have a wonderful, loving relationship. Hopefully Mom can educate her daughter on the realities of bringing babies into the world before Brielle decides to make her a super-young grandma.