Jennie Garth is getting real about raising older kids.
Garth, 49, revealed what raising three girls, who have all grown up, looks like.
“That’s the crazy thing, you think that it’s hard when they’re young, and they’re running all around, and needing you all the time,” Garth shares.
“But as they get to be teenagers, especially young women and young adults, it’s a whole different ball game,” she adds. “It’s like ‘Psychological Parenting 101,’ and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.”
Garth co-parents daughters Luca, 23, Lola, 18, and Fiona, 14, with ex-husband Peter Facinelli, 47, to whom she was married from 2001 to 2013. Garth got remarried to actor Dave Abrams, 39, in July 2015.
“My job now is to just sort of keep them in the right lane, because they’re doing their thing and they’re becoming who they are and who they want to be,” says the mom of 3.
“And I’m just there to support that and kind of nudge them left and right to just keep them going in the right direction. Because I kind of feel like my work here is done, but it’s never done.”
That doesn’t mean parenting three girls is ever easy: “When you’re a parent, I could breathe the wrong way, and it would be like the end of the world,” Garth says. “But for the most part, they think I’m pretty cool, and we can hang out.”
And when it comes to letting her kids take the driver’s seat — while she is nervous — she also believes in her kids.
“I did all the teaching, and it was, and still is, so stressful to teach your kids how to drive,” Garth revealed.
“Maybe you should have a glass of wine before you get in the car as a passenger, just to calm yourself down.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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