Trisha Yearwood, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Reba McEntire have a lot to share about raising teens

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February 22, 2019 03:28 PM

Every parent both eagerly anticipates and dreads the transition that accompanies their kids growing up into young adults. And celebrities are no different – as these celebrities candidly shared with People, describing the perks and pitfalls of parenting grown kids.

When country singer Trisha Yearwood married Garth Brooks in 2005, she became a step-mom, or “bonus mom,” as she calls it, to his three daughters from a previous marriage (Taylor, now 26, August, now 24, and Allie, now 22, with ex Sandy Mahl). And to help her navigate that new role, she recalls, Brooks gave her some good advice.

“They have a mom, so don’t try to be their mom or their best friend,” Yearwood said her husband told her at the time. And these days? “They are lovely young women, and now we are all friends.”

In the case of actress Jada Pinkett Smith, her relationship with her daughter Willow, 18, now includes many adult conversations, including one that stands out in particular.

“Probably the most [memorable] is when she said she walked in on Will and I [having sex],” Pinkett Smith, 47, told PEOPLE Now.

The star is referring to an episode of her Facebook Watch seriess Red Table Talk, during which the 18-year-old confessed to her mother that her “first introduction to sex was walking in on you and daddy.”

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Pinkett Smith was shocked: “I was like, what in the world is going on?” But she said that Willow doesn’t seem “traumatized” by it all these years later.

As their children get older, parents realize they have less control over them, something country star Reba McEntire opened up about.

“Shelby’s 29, I can’t spank him,” the 63-year-old told PEOPLE Now. “I can’t send him to his room, he doesn’t live with me.”

In addition to Shelby, McEntire also helped raise ex Narvel Blackstock’s three children, one of which, Brandon Blackstock, is married to singer Kelly Clarkson.

Despite the loss of control over her children and stepchildren, McEntire admits that “every age was great.”

“It’s one of those things where we are friends,” she said. “We are best friends, and that’s so special.”

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