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And that, beyond how she inspired teenagers who would otherwise have gone through the cracks, beyond the performances she leaves behind, may well be her biggest legacy.

She was only eight months into the parenting game, when she reflected on the life lessons she had already absorbed, detailing “those ‘aha’ moments about motherhood” that she was constantly experiencing in conversation with. Fit Pregnancy and Baby. “You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom,” she asserted, “caring so much about someone else that you just want to be that perfect. as possible.”

It’s a goal her loved ones say she has fully accomplished. “Naya and Josey were incredibly close and had a very close bond,” said the insider of Rivera, the actress never hesitating to free up her schedule to, for example, hunt caterpillars with her little man.

“I really make sure I take the time and stay organized so that once I pick it up from school, the rest of the day is ours,” she told E! News in 2019. Whatever job needs to be done, it could just be put on hold: “Being a mom is always my first priority, so everything else can kind of wait. Nothing is more important than that.”

—Additional report by Amanda Williams

(Originally posted July 14, 2020 at 12:00 AM PT)


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