Kaiser covered Jennifer Aniston’s Interview spread yesterday, the one in which she chatted with her friend Sandra Bullock and talked about seeing snapshots of her future. During that piece, Sandra talked about her future as well. Sandra’s is not so much about relaxing at the beach as it is stalking her children whenever they go. She (jokingly) said that she has given her kids a list of colleges they can attend based on where she wants to live, because she plans to be right next to wherever they end up.
Close to her kids! Sandra Bullock is already planning how she’ll handle her children leaving home for college.
“I gave them the places where they can go … because that’s where Mommy feels comfortable living,” the actress, 55, joked with Jennifer Aniston of Louis, 10, and Laila, 8, in the Friends alum’s March 2020 Interview cover story, published on Tuesday, February 11. “I said, ‘You can go to these three colleges because I’m going to buy an apartment down the street.’”
Aniston, 51, said that the Bird Box star should start “building a college at the bottom of the hill right now.” The Los Angeles native explained, “By the time Louis and Laila are at the right ages, it’ll be: ‘I’ll just drive you there every single day. We can even walk and make it a physical experience.’”
This really made me laugh. Trying to come to terms with your children not living under your roof is kind of hard to grapple with. I strongly believe that living away for college is a good experience for anyone that can do it (and I realize not everyone can). But good googley-moogley, I remember the heartbreak of my brothers going off to school, what am I going to do when it’s the little beasts I raised? Although, if I send them far enough away that they cannot return to have me do their laundry, that’ll ease the pain some.
Sandra also talked about bringing up kids in this electronic age:
Bullock went on to share her anxieties about raising little ones in a world where “screens are everywhere,” telling Aniston, “I look at everyone who is trying to raise kids, and I go, ‘How are we supposed to raise children outside of a bubble? And show them the difference between right and wrong, and what kindness looks like, when it’s really hard to find it with all the noise on a screen?’ Do you just keep pointing to a higher power, going: ‘You have to answer to that thing. Don’t look at anything here on Earth. Just point up there’?”
I don’t have any answers because my kids aren’t adults yet so who knows how they will turn out. But we have access to the same media they do. So if a parent can keep a kid talking to them, find out what they are watching and listening to, we can still check it out, see what information is coming at them, find ways to discuss it. It’s scary, absolutely, but it isn’t unnavigable. But, yeah, I’ve asked myself, “How are we supposed to raise children outside of a bubble?” many times, as I’m sure my folks did before me.
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