Honey Boo Boo’s mom is right

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Never thought that I’d agree with anything that Honey Boo Boo’s momma had to say, but I was wrong.

I don’t hate the TLC show that follows the pint-sized beauty queen and her family. I just choose not to watch it. I think there’s something fundamentally wrong about child exploitation; however, I am not above watching “Dance Moms.” That woman is such a witch! Makes me thankful I took dance many moons ago from Mrs. Murphy.

Anyway, I digress…

In a recent interview, titled “Life Lessons from Honey Boo Boo’s Mom, June Shannon,” I thought I’d find some hilarity – something much needed after a long, tiring day beating at my keyboard. Instead, there were two absolute diamonds of advice.

The first came after she was asked what relationship advice she would give her daughters.

Her answer, “Make sure you find a man who treats you good. If he treats you like trash, do away with him. He isn’t good for you.”

All I have to say to that is this: Amen, sister.

Then, the interviewer asked, “Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently with your life? What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?”

Simpson’s response, “I don’t agree with everything I did in life, but it’s been a learning experience…and I wouldn’t change that. You learn from the bad and you enjoy the good. I’d tell my 20-year-old self to not worry about boys, but worry about getting an education and a stable life. You need to take care of yourself and put yourself first before allowing a man to come into your life.”

She nailed that one, too.

I got married at 22 and was a mom by 23. Still in college, I’d never truly experienced what life had to offer. I never gave myself the time I needed to find out who I was and what I wanted out of life. I mean I’d never even tried sushi.

At that time, all my friends were getting married and starting a family. I guess, looking back, I felt like it was “time” I followed suit. What I didn’t realize is that I didn’t have to be on a schedule. There’s no invisible chart that says at “x” age, do this, and at “x” age, do that.

I don’t regret my decisions because I’m in a good place, but I think overall, it is a valuable lesson we should teach our daughters.

You need to learn to take care of you before trying to take care of two – or in my case, a husband and three kids.