Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend and star of E!’s Kendra is claiming she’s a single parent. But, she’s married to Hank Baskett, the father of her son, cutie-pie, Hank Jr. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard a married mom say she’s a single parent. My response: You’re not a single parent.
Kendra tells Life & Style magazine about her decision to move home to LA while her husband plays football for the Vikings in Minnesota. “Not having Hank around hurts. Moving across the country by myself makes me think of my own mom who raised me and my brother alone. Hank's not going to be there forever, but with him not physically here, I'm a single parent now,” she says.
OK, at least she injected the words “physically here” into her statement about moving away from her husband and son’s father. Still, I have to say, I don’t think she really gets what her mom’s life was like, or mine or any other single parent’s. She has Hank to call and send texts too—do you know how HUGE that is? She has a ring on her finger and her child knows his father. There is emotional and financial support, despite the fact that Kendra took away the physical support. She opted to nix the physical support.
Now, as a feminist myself, part of me wants to say, good for you for not following your man all over America so he can live out his dream of being a football star. The couple has had five houses in a year-and-a-half. The other part of me who is traditional and wants to get married and have another child wants to scream something to the tune of: Do you realize how lucky you are? You have a husband who loves you and your son has a participating father in his life.
I kind of think Kendra is being selfish for moving to LA. "I want to live my life for me!" she rants in an episode of Kendra. What's more, she tells Life & Style: “I fit in well in Philly (Hank used to play for the Eagles), and I could relate to all the people, but the West Coast is my home. This is where all my family and friends are."
She’s thinking about herself and her comfort level. This is where your family and friends are? Your husband is in Minnesota. I know Hank Jr. is too young to voice his opinion, but is he cool living in LA away from his daddy? Huh, huh, huh???!!!
Deep breath. Ahhhh! Better.
Not so fast, I also see her point. I do. I mean, would Hank quit the Vikings and just move to LA (Kendra does have potential to earn there)? Prob not. The good news is, Kendra is going back to “minus 2-degree” weather to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas. Happy Holidays!
What do you guys think? Is Kendra being selfish? Do you think she's just trying to provide a stable household for her son? Is she brave to move away on her own with the baby? Would you move away from your husband if he got transferred to another city? Single parent readers, do you ever want to roll your eyes at married parents when they say they are single parents too? Please share what I imagine will be heated comments. Oh, and have a great weekend! XO