Karen Clark Sheard Seeks parental Advice From Debra Morton Over Children

When you’re feeling stressed out about the kids, what do you do? If you’re Karen Clark-Sheard, you enjoy a little retail therapy and a good chat with a close friend.
This is precisely what the first lady did during a taping of BET’s “The Sheards,” while hat shopping with, and confiding in her “mentor,” Pastor Debra Morton.
“I’m stressing about the kids, so I’m shopping with one of the most phenomenal women in our churches today,” said Sheard during a reality TV confessional. “She’s my mentor. Her advice is always rich and sound advice.”
Struggling to adjust to the reality that her daughter Kierra wants to move out and her son, J. Drew wants to go secular, Sheard relies on Morton to help her make the shift.
Morton, who is Senior Pastor of the Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, can relate to all Sheard is going through.
Just like J. Drew, her son, PJ Morton, decided to pursue a secular music career.
He is now signed to Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money label, featuring Stevie Wonder on his upcoming album due to releae 14th of this month, the wife of Bishop Paul Morton also
knows a thing or two about releasing a daughter to go out on her own as well.
“They want to separate from me and you don’t know the kind of world I’m in right now,” said Sheard, expressing how difficult letting go has been for her.
"They have to find themselves," Morton told Sheard.
But the worried mom said Kierra’s desire to move out is "hurting" her, adding, "I'm afraid," while also sharing how both she and her husband have been trying to convince Kierra to let them redo the basement, so she can remain at home.
"No, you can't be afraid," replied Morton, sharing that, "I said to my baby girl, please don't leave and she says 'Mother, that's not gonna keep me here. I have to experience
more. I have to be me, do me. My independence is important."
According to Morton, that's when she began rethinking her position.
"We parent so long that we think that's all that's to life and that's why we feel that empty nest."
Finally, Morton told Sheard, "They have to go and be them, do their thing."
There's a Nigerian adage that says "when a child is old enough to have farming tools, it is the responsibility of the parents to give him or her"
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