JLo: How I raise my kids


Jennifer Lopez tries to "paint as beautiful a picture of life" as she can for her twins. The 45-year-old singer has six-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony. The couple split in 2011 but things are still raw for their kids, who sometimes ask Jennifer why their dad doesn't live with them anymore.

' I try to let them know they are loved'

"I tell them, 'My daddy isn't here either, but I know he loves me.' I try to paint for them as beautiful a picture of life as I can and to let them know they are loved," she explained to British magazine Hello!

"At the end of the day, they feel it or don't feel it. They know that there is no question that their mom loves them. I have two very healthy, happy kids, thank God."

Jennifer split from backing dancer Casper Smart earlier this year following claims he'd been unfaithful and she's now spending some time alone. She's known for jumping from one relationship to the next and feels it's the right move to be happily single for a while.

However, that doesn't mean the star finds things easy. She has the same struggles as any single parent and has learnt to trust her instincts, as she can't always run her decisions by someone else.

"I think every single mom knows that there are beautiful things about [being a mom] but that at the same time it's tough. It takes two people to make a baby and I believe it also should take two people to raise a baby," she explained.

"But if you're single that's not always the case. You are left with doing a lot of the heavy lifting on your own, and that's a challenge - dealing with all those hard times and wishing you had somebody to turn to and go, 'Do you believe this? What should we do about it? OK, we'll do this.'"

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