Justin Timberlake Opens Up About the Battle of Raising a Kid in the Social Media Age

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Raising a kid in 2018 is a whole new world from that in which we were brought up in.

With everything from screens to vapes to dangerous challenges that make no sense, there is no escaping the unknown depths of parenting the next generation.

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That trouble, in part, is deeply rooted in our own ability and often need to engage on social media. Things like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are perfect for keeping distant families close. But in 2018, is there more harm that can come from these sharing platforms than good?

It’s a struggle Justin Timberlake says he grapples with often. The pop singer and dad to 3-and-a-half-year-old son Silas Randall, opens up about his concerns with social media in his new book, Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me.

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Because both Justin and his famous actress wife, Jessica Biel, spend so much time in the spotlight, there came a time when they had to decide how much of their son’s privacy they were willing to give up.

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“It was important to us to choose how to share him with the world because this is a whole new era for me,” Timberlake writes, reflecting on how much life has changed since his days performing with NSYNC. “It’s no longer just about me. I have a wife, a child—a family. It’s terrifying. It’s invigorating. It’s more meaningful than anything I’ve ever been a part of.”

The 37-year-old says that he and Biel have been very intentional when it comes to protecting their son’s privacy. “We wanted him to be just for us, just for a little while,” he explained.

To this day, very few photos of Silas exist online—a rarity in this day and age when some celebrity kiddos have their own fan base of followers.

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Timberlake says that his favorite family moments are the small ones together at home. “When my son smiles at me. When my wife looks at me a certain way … These are the moments that are so big in my life now.”

The singer also admits those little moments are often what gets him through the day because parenting is far from easy.

“My son sometimes wants his mom; he just doesn’t want me. I can’t give him what he needs, sometimes, and he pushes me away,” Justin wrote. “I’ll feel bad for a moment. I’ll feel inept. Why can’t I help him? Why doesn’t he love me? I have to remind myself that of course he loves me. But she’s his mother, and that’s who he wants right now.”

He relates to every other parent out there in true “Celebs: They’re Just Like Us” fashion saying, ”the real winning at parenthood is getting to wake up every morning and fail over and over again.”


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