Although I do not personally think that a 13-year-old should have a boyfriend, that is Cynthia’s personal choice for her family. What I do appreciate is that Cynthia encourages honesty with Noelle, and that should be applauded. But children are just that — children. For me, I was the slickest child anyone could imagine… Stealing the family car by backing it out of the driveway until it could no longer be heard when started, changing clothes at school, and having secrets. I can’t imagine having a daughter and having to hear about her dating, liking, or kissing boys. I appreciate the mother Cynthia is to Noelle, and in this case, I don’t envy the position she is in. With that said, Cynthia is one of the kindest, smartest, and most gracious women I know. I’m confident that Noelle will depend on the lessons her model mother — figuratively and literally speaking — has engraved in her during her formative years.
In an exclusive interview with WetPaint, Cynthia Bailey says:
“Once Noelle really starts to date – and that day is coming, it’s coming – I think this is a nice little introduction into what it’s going to be like. As opposed to keeping her locked in a basement until she’s 16 then telling her, ‘Okay you can date,’ and she doesn’t know what to do. She’s on a leash, but I give her length on it. I didn’t have that growing up.”
“You know, Arthur’s dad has a carpet cleaning company and he works for his dad on the weekends so Arthur always has money. Any time we take them somewhere he always says, ‘I’d like to pay for Noelle.’ Even when I’m like, Arthur it’s okay, he insists. It’s really cute – they want to be independent. And I have to give it to him, he’s very proud to always pay. Her Christmas present was a beautiful necklace from Tiffany’s. Not bad for 14! So I don’t know who she’s going to date after him because he’s set the bar pretty high.”