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There is a day in every parent-child relationship that all mommies and daddies worry about, and that is the day their child starts asking about Ja Rule. Here's how to deal with it.

How to talk to your kid about Ja Rule

There is a day in every parent-child relationship that all mommies and daddies worry about, and that is the day their child starts asking about Ja Rule. Here’s how to deal with it.

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Mommy, what is Ja Rule?

There’s no getting away from it – one day, your child will start to become curious about Ja Rule. This is perfectly natural, but it is important to answer their questions without embarrassment.

If your child has expressed curiosity about Ja Rule, look out for teachable moments. For example, if you are in the car and Livin’ It Up comes on the radio use the opportunity to open up a dialogue. Explain in plain English that Ja Rule was signed to Murder Inc. in 1998.

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Daddy, do people sometimes call Ja Rule something else?

Your child may have heard about Ja Rule in the playground or on television, and have picked up another name for Ja Rule. Using slang like JaJa Binks or Ja Head is a bad idea. If you have to refer to Ja Rule as something else, use the proper name – Jeffrey Atkins.

Being as clear as possible when talking about Ja Rule is essential, and will avoid confusion.

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Daddy, why do people like Ja Rule?

Listening to Ja Rule feels good, and there’s no shame in talking about that. But, it’s important to differentiate between how Ja Rule is portrayed in music, in movies and on TV, and what to expect from Ja Rule in real life.

If your child begins asking about tax evasion or beef with DMX, be as succinct as possible while not shying away from the fact that these things exist.

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Do mommy and daddy like Ja Rule?

Talking to your child about Ja Rule means accepting the possibility that they might ask about YOUR experiences with Ja Rule! Again, be completely open and honest. Try something like, “Mommy and daddy liked Ja Rule a LOT when we first got together, but now Ja Rule is mainly for special occasions.”

Frank communication is key.

Bottom line: your ‘cool’ kid might think they know all aboutJa Rule, or they may want to ask questions. One day your child will discover JaRule for themselves and it is your job as a parent to give them the tools they need to deal with it.

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