Taraji P. Henson has a new interview with Jimmy Fallon where she talks about how her son, who is now 18 and ready to go to college, had to sit out the first semester because she felt that he was too spoiled.
She told Fallon, “Even though he is privileged, he doesn’t remember the bad times when we were eating Hamburger Helper (boxed food) and peanut butter and jelly, he remembers all the good times. I don’t want to raise this privileged kid, who’s out of touch, so I made him sit out the first semester and he has to get a job. He called his grandmother, he was like, ‘It’s hard out here, it’s hard to find a job.’ So I was like, ‘Yeah, I need you to know that. I need him to see how real it is out here. It builds character. I told him, ‘College is like an investment. I’m investing my money in your future, and if I feel like you’re a bad investment, I’m taking my money back.”
While it’s true that kids need to learn the value of money, it seems that Henson is just trying to teach her son a lesson about the difficulties of living without money.