Comedian Chris Rock uses experiences from his childhood and teenage years as the inspiration for his hit TV show Everybody Hates Chris. Chris's own mother, Rose Rock, is the inspiration for the mother on the show. Gayle talks with Rose about what it was really like to raise Chris and his seven siblings and about her book Mama Rock's Rules: Ten Lessons for Raising a Houseful of Successful Children.
Rose says she had three rules in her house that her children had to follow:
Now, with all of her children forging out successful careers and some becoming parents themselves, Rose says she's proud of the adults they've become. "I feel good when I look at them," she says. As for whether the loud and boisterous mother on Everyone Hates Chris is really an accurate portrayal of her and her parenting, Rose has this to say: "I lied to everybody when the show first came on. I was like 'No that isn't me! Have you ever seen me do that?'" she asks. "[But], it is accurate."
Published on January 01, 2008