Here's the important reason why Mila Kunis plans on telling her kids that they're "very poor"
Let’s be honest: Who hasn’t at one point or another wished they were the child of a celebrity? I definitely remember coming to terms with not being a real princess when I was a kid… then subsequently wishing I was the daughter of a famous celebrity, instead. In reality, I’m willing to bet that being related to someone famous is far from easy, and having your childhood and adolescence in the public eye is no fair-weather feat, either. That said, what Mila Kunis recently said about how she’s raising her children is definitely an inspiration — and a look into how different it can be to raise a child when you’re living in the limelight.
As Kunis tells the Kyle and Jackie O Show, she and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, have long discussed how they’re going to raise their children not to be jerks.
“We both came from pretty, pretty, solid poverty backgrounds and grew up very poor, and are very much self-made, and are very aware of what a dollar is worth,” Kunis explains on the show. “It’s a matter of teaching them from a very early age that you know mommy and daddy may have a dollar, but you’re poor.”
I think what Kunis is getting at here is actually a really solid and important point: When you have a certain amount of money or socio-economic status, you have a lot of privilege, and that can lead to living in a sort of bubble. The fact that Kunis and Kutcher are even willing to openly discuss the degree of privilege their child has is, I think, a great step in helping them not taking the quality of their life for granted. While children certainly don’t choose the families they’re born into, I think it’s an inspiring step to see such a popular celebrity recognize their privilege and work to burst the bubble, even just in her own household.