Late last month, 19-year-old Selena Gomez shared news of her mother’s pregnancy via Twitter:
“Momma and Brian are finally letting me share the news… My mommy’s carrying my baby brother or sister I’m the happiest girl in the world!”
Unfortunately, Gomez’s dreams of becoming a big sis’ have been quashed. Her mom Mandy Teefey, 35, reportedly suffered a miscarriage – news that prompted Gomez to cancel concerts in Chicago and Seattle so that she could be home with her mother and step-dad Brian Teefey.
It’s all very sad, and it got me thinking about parent-child relationships – what it will be like for Gomez to hug her mom and lend support during this emotional time. Of course, if they’re like most (stable) families, something tells me Mandy will be comforting her daughter just as much. On the one hand, we’re never too old to be comforted by our parents, to be told it’s all going to be okay. On the other hand, there comes a point where you’re grown up enough to be the pillar and to take on more of a maternal role even with your own parent.
I had the same thought with the Duggars, stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting. Michelle Duggar recently suffered a miscarriage at 19 weeks and, on Friday, the family held a memorial service in honor of the stillborn baby, whom they named Jubilee Shalom. This had me thinking about Michelle’s other children and they were faring. An article on People.com says that while Michelle has been comforting the little ones, including 7-year-old Jackson, but it’s her 20-year-old daughter Jill who’s been having a particularly hard time. (Jill is studying to be a midwife and had been charting the baby’s growth and heartbeat, according to the piece.)
Even so, the kids have been consoling their mother. “My older girls have been precious to make Momma take care of Momma right now,” said Michelle.