Beyonce on Blue Ivy: ‘She’s very smart. She’s doing flashcards. She’s beautiful’

It’s still The Year of Beyonce!! I was considering referring to it as “The Month of Beyonce” but really, it’s the Year of Bey. 2013 is going to be all Beyonce, all the time. She’s rebranding herself as a mother/global superstar/fashion designer/documentary filmmaker/etc. She’s like 30 different things. This weekend Beyonce’s HBO documentary debuted, and her Oprah interview aired. So there will be lots of Bey News coming out this week, so just prepare yourselves. During the Oprah interview, Beyonce claimed she would have another baby after she toured this year. AND she claims that Blue Ivy (note: I first wrote “Blue Icy” which is a great baby name) is some kind of genius prodigy.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are raising a prodigy. To promote her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, the “End of Time” singer appeared on the Feb. 16 episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter and opened up about life with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

“She is hilarious and she is fire. Lord, am I going to have me a time!” the R&B diva said of her 13-month-old little girl with her 43-year-old husband. “She’s very smart. She’s doing flashcards. She’s beautiful.”

The 31-year-old Texas native credits Blue Ivy with expanding her worldview. “My daughter introduced me to myself,” she explained. “Motherhood made everything make sense.”

When host Oprah Winfrey asked the 17-time Grammy winner when she plans to give Blue Ivy a sibling, Beyonce smiled wide. “I definitely want to have another child. But it’s also important for me to do what I love. I love to make music. I wanted to see after I had my daughter, if I was still as passionate about performing,” she answered. “Maybe after this next tour I’ll have another.”

During the interview, Beyonce also opened up about the miscarriage she suffered before conceiving Blue Ivy. “I felt like there are so many couples that go through that and it was a big part of my story. It was one of the hardest things I’ve been through. It was one of the reasons I did not reveal that I was pregnant the second time,” the songstress admitted. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. It was hard.”

[From Us Weekly]

Granted, I’m not a mother and I don’t know much of childrearing or what kind of educational marks babies and toddlers are supposed to be reaching and when, but I do wonder what “doing flashcards” means? Does that mean Beyonce shows her the educational flashcards and Blue enjoys them, or that Blue is, like, reading? Celebrity moms always get in trouble with this kind of “My Child’s a Genius” bragging – remember when Jennifer Garner’s friend claimed a then-3-year-old Violet was “reading Jane Austen”? Or my favorite – when Gisele claimed her 6-month-old son was potty trained. Now, I think flashcards are a great way to spend time with your kids, and who knows? They probably do help a lot. So I’m not mad at Beyonce or anything. This isn’t the worst.

As for Bey having another baby… we’ll see. We’ll see.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Beyonce’s Tumblr, HBO.

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  1. Jilli says:

    What mother doen’t believe her child is exceptional?

  2. Happymom says:

    Oh lord. Part of this is First Child Syndrome (I have 4 kids-and when I think back to when we just had one and what we did/thought-I cringe/laugh) and part of this is just Beyonce being Beyonce.

    • Bobbie says:

      Lol. I have four kids too, and I get embarressed remembering the things I said and did with my first kid. I was a complete freak- super strict and using every second to stimulate my child’s brain. My last kid ate food off the floor and learned her alphabet from preschool. Hopefully, she’ll turn out OK but as I write this overwhelming guilt is setting in. :)

      • jwoolman says:

        Not to worry. Our family photo album is full of pictures of my older brother, hardly any of me. Parentals were much less astonished three years after #1 was born and left me more to my own devices (fortunately!). I was late talking (as many second children are) and didn’t learn to read until I hit first grade. I skipped preschool because Brother had made it too traumatic for mom and she couldn’t deal with any more preschool drama, although I went to kindergarden. I ended up with a Ph.D. in a joint physics/chemistry program and make a living as a scientific translator.

    • momoftwo says:

      Yes! First time parents are funny…that’s the only time you have the free time to do flash cards. By the second…third…you just figure they will learn things eventually at school or from their siblings and you don’t even worry.

      I always laugh when first time moms need the husbands to help give the baby a bath. I did this too of course cuz it seemed so hard that I needed an extra pair of hands. Once the second one comes along you figure out how much you can do (I can only imagine with 4 :)

  3. Zigggy says:

    I did flashcards with my daughter at that age too, it helped her learn animals.

  4. Samigirl says:

    I did flashcards with my son, started at 1. It helped. Hold up a picture with a card, he would say MOOO! Hold up a picture with a dog, he would say WOOF! You can never start too early when it comes to teaching.

  5. emmie_a says:

    “doing flashcards” = eating the flashcards

  6. xoo says:

    I guess it’s only me but blue ivy looks like drake :D

  7. Dingo says:

    “It was one of the reasons I did not reveal that I was pregnant the second time,”

    I dont understand, havent seen movie, but the pregnancy she revealed in august 2011 wasen’t Blue Ivy?

    • kc says:

      I think she is referring to her first miscarriage. She may have told friends and family early. With Blue Ivy (ugh, the name still sounds like a bad cocktail), I think she waited longer.

      That being said, BIC is adorable.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        They haven’t explicitly said this as far as I know but I’m pretty sure that the baby was named, in part, after Jay-Z’s albums. He had The Blueprint then the Blueprint II and the Blueprint III. The baby would be the Blueprint IV => Blue IV=> Blue Ivy. Plus 4 (IV) is a big number for them as a couple. With that said, I cannot help but wonder what on earth they would name their second child (and hopefully not a name that also “sounds like a cocktail,” that made me laugh).

      • kitkerenina says:

        Blue Ivy has always sounded to me like an imaginary friend name, that is also a fairy.

  8. thischica says:

    She’s such a cutie!

    Hopefully this will continue to be a post about babies and instead of turning into a Beyonce-bashing session.

  9. Sirsnarksalot says:

    This woman is further up her own ass than Mimi. I can see why she and Gwyneth get along so well. People start out with so much fame and money from such a young age surrounded by people telling them how awesome they are end up so permanently out of touch.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      (Sigh) Dare to dream … dare to dream. I don’t understand it myself. No one making negative comments has watched the documentary, yet they persist in calling her a liar.

      What gets me is how people can say the woman never gained weight. I guess that’s because every time a picture of ‘pregnant Beyonce’ hit the magazine/Internet all anyone could comment on was how ugly her outfit was or how she was such a ‘Fame*hore.’

    • Hakura says:

      @SirSnarksALot – I’ve oft wondered about the contorting ability she must have… To get her head so far up her own behind, I mean. Though with enough money involved, I’d probably give it a shot, too.

      (All in good fun, of course… granted it does rather fit my opinion of her as well. Ah, well.)

  10. MoxyLady007 says:

    I assumed it was sign language flash cards.

  11. ZigZagZoey says:

    So……………….Why am I picturing these flash cards are all pics of Beyonce before and after photoshop? See honey? We can fix whatever you end up looking like…..

  12. lisa2 says:

    The flash card thing is fine. You show children pictures of objects and they name them. After a time they can articulate what the pictures are. It helps to build the child’s vocabulary. It is a good idea and parents should do that as well as actually TALK to their children. Many children have such a limited vocabulary. And just mind blowing how the vast majority of parents never really talk to their children. Children only respond in one word replies. Good that she is actually doing something to nurture her child’s brain.

    Trust that is not the case with most children.

    • Emma says:

      One of the most important parts of early literacy is being exposed to language, both written and oral. 35% (I believe) of the 4th graders in the U.S. are at or below average. In many cases this could have been avoided if the child was exposed to high quality (and lots of) books. Mothers should always talk with their children too! I think the flashcards are a great idea. I doubt Blue Ivy recognizes much, but it’s excellent that they’re exposing her. As long as she has few words under her belt then she’s right on track.

  13. Agnes says:

    What DOES “doing flashcards” mean? WTF. I’m surprised Bey didn’t claim that Blue Icy (awesome name) isn’t writing and drawing flashcards with which to teach peasant children. In seven different languages. Ha!

  14. kay says:

    i assume she means that the kid can identify things from pictures- like she sees a picture of a book and knows what it is. it’s not that weird; I think a lot of little kids learn that way. She’s proud. she’s allowed to be proud of her kid.

  15. Seagulls says:

    Many educators frown on flashcards. Kids learn from experiences, not drills. Flashcards are exactly what I’d imagine Bey is doing, which is weird because she has access to more experiences than most us will ever have in our lives.

  16. soxfan says:

    Flashcards?? For babies?? WTF is wrong with just reading books and pointing out pics giving a name and sound? Parents are crazy competitive today.

  17. Dee says:

    Her daughter looks like her cousin, Solange’s son. I still doubt whether Beyonce carried but I never doubted that if she hadn’t, it would be her egg and Jay’s sperm in a surrogate.

    Besides, Beyonce honestly seems like too much of an egoist to raise another woman’s child, even if it’s also her husband’s.

  18. swack says:

    Guess I was different. I don’t remember touting how “brilliant” my first child was and I have 3. I read them lots of books and pointed out pictures of animals as we read and asked what sound the animal made and we would learn that way. But to each their own. It never hurts to stimulate a child’s mind in a positive way.

  19. livs says:

    This has nothing to do with the story, but I’ve been waiting for you to cover the story of Kelly Rowland crying after her birthday lunch with B. What happened there?

  20. Janet says:

    Um how can you have another, when you didn’t have the first one. She obviously thinks we can all be brainwashed. Classic tactic. Over her and her lies.

  21. lisa says:

    who is doing the flashcards? i cant understand half of what bey says, she’s so marble mouthed.

  22. reg says:

    Blue Ivy looks like a lot like Jay Z and the surrogate

  23. LurkeeLee says:

    I hope Bey gets a better quality belly prostetic for the next baby she plans to “HAVE”.

  24. Nonny says:

    She may well have another baby…….she probably still has the pillow from last time.

  25. Original A says:

    That’s pretty normal Mom bragging…By flash cards, she probably just means showing her photos of something like an apple and seeing if she can identify it.

  26. KellyinSeattle says:

    Blue Ivy; it’s like Jay Z staring back at me….as for the flashcards, who really cares? Maybe Bey could do some, too…

  27. DGO says:

    She also claimed that the child was only just beginning to talk, so how’d she go from just saying “Mama” (which at 12-13 months is quite late) to reading flash cards.

  28. BB says:

    Great that Blue Ivy can read flashcards at her age! But geez Beyonce talks like a 10yr old! I don’t know if its just me but I don’t for the life of me understand what she is saying sometimes!

    • lucy says:

      Beyonce wouldn’t know smart if it thrusted its fierce crotch in her face.

      This quote nauseates me:
      “My daughter introduced me to myself,”
      because parenthood is SUPPOSED TO BE a selfLESS occupation. What a disgusting admission from such a spoiled megalomaniac. Obviously Be-yawn-ce has never been selfless in her sugarcoated spoonfed life. People like Jay-Z and her should not raise children because there is not enough room in their lives for the children AND their bloated egos.

  29. lisa2 says:

    Really people.. I think the flash cards are obviously pictures. Just like PICTURE BOOKS for children.

    I highly doubt she is saying Blue is reading words at that age. But it is not out of the realm of possibility. There are babies that are quite advanced. Now just because the people here don’t have one does not mean that Beyonce doesn’t. And intelligence is not always based on genetics. Anyway not sure why the flashcard thing is such a big deal.

  30. jwoolman says:

    I keep seeing commercials for some early learning website, with parents and grandparents gushing about their little one to two year olds “reading” and “writing” because of the site. This must be something like that, although flash cards sound much more benign and just a variation on parental reading to kids. The kiddies are just recognizing shapes of the words and gettings lots of beneficial parental praise for doing it, they have an extremely limited real vocabulary but can delight their parents when they “read” words like dolphin or ocean and match them to specific drawings or photographs even though they don’t know what the words truly mean … Except for the very rare true precocious genius who doesn’t need a computer to do it, they’ll learn to really read with comprehension years later, and this look-say method depending on whole-word pattern recognition may be an impediment. Hope they learn phonics instead in school! Anyway, the real danger with letting little kids use computers (flash cards should be safe) is the temptation to let them do it for too long because they’re enjoying it and it seems educational. But tiny kids need to do a wide variety of things to make all those needed neural connections in their developing brains – climbing on the sofa, crawling on the floor, and playing with empty boxes are just as educational for them and if they don’t do such things, they may be handicapped later. Kids also are just as prone to hand and arm problems due to computer use as adults – if you let the tiny tots on a computer, it’s worth at least investing in a big-ball trackball and a large kid-friendly keyboard, but also make sure they rotate to other activities frequently. Even ten or fifteen minutes is about as long as they should be staring up close at a computer monitor at a time. My mother didn’t want us staring at the tv screen all the time for similar reasons, and computer monitors are much worse. Even in adults, it has a bad effect on vision (seems to be a muscle problem in my case, since I get my long distance vision back when away from a computer for a few days). I would really worry about the effect of long-term use of a monitor, keyboard, and mouse or trackball on a developing child. The only exceptions should be children with disabilities that prevent them from doing many other things.

    We didn’t have computers in my childhood, but my mother read to me and that did the same thing (probably even better than a snazzy web site). She said that I would take the book and “read” it back to her, but she knew I had just memorized it. She ran out of kid books while trying to keep my older brother quiet so she could rest, so in addition to the little kid books I was also read the poetry section of her high school American Literature book…. So by the age of eight, I could recite Poe’s The Raven and Annabel Lee, among other things. I still retain a special fondness for How the Feud Started and the tales of archy and mehitabel (archy was a poet whose soul had ended up in the body of a cockroach; he couldn’t handle the shift key on an old typewriter, so he wrote exclusively in lowercase and used minimal or no punctuation). But I didn’t understand most of the words in those masterpieces until I was several years older – so parents, beware of too much pride in your kiddies’ apparent “educational” accomplishments and realize you may be misinterpreting a tad.

  31. TG says:

    @RHONYC – I had to laugh did you say Beyonce said that she blew up like a “wilderbeast”? The reason that is so funny is because it is spelled “wildebeest” so maybe she should make a flashcard of that animal as well and she can learn alongside with her brilliant 1 year-old daughter.

    • RHONYC says:

      LMAO! every time i tried to self correct it made me type it that way! bwahahaha!

      whatevs…all us mama’s that gain 30+ poundage in giving birth to our lil’ angels know that shiz ain’t purrty ‘inda’ (one of my kid’s text words, lol) end.
      we love you babies…but gosh-darn do y’all give it to us in tha end! :mrgreen:

  32. blonde on the dock says:

    I dont listen to Beyonce’s music or know that much about her. But I watched her interview with Oprah last night and I thought she came across as very shy, humble, happy and driven. As for her having a fake pregnancy. C’mon that’s just silly.

    • Carolyn says:

      That’s Beyonce’s public personna. Everyone knows the size of her and Jay-Z’s egos.

      The two of them are by far the most popular guess for a blind item about a couple having a public spat in the green room at the Grammy’s. People who keep publicly professing their love and how wonderful their lives are usually have problems they’re hiding.

      Babies are supposed to make you less selfish, not more.

      The nanny gave the baby to Beyonce to hold just before the cameras rolled. The nanny would be doing a lot of the actual work raising the baby.

      I don’t care if she carried the baby herself or used a surrogate. Using one’s miscarriage experience as a PR tool to gain public sympathy is really low and quite insincere. What a surprise she has a documentary and an Oprah interview to promote (sarcasm).

      • blonde on the dock says:

        Well I could understand a big ego but it’s not really what I saw or heard. She appeared to be emotional when she spoke of the miscarriage so I dont think she’s using that to gain sympathy or use it as a PR tool. She came across as very believable to me. She’s a proud Mom just like any other. I liked her. Oprah was a little starstruck though.

      • RHONYC says:

        and let me add…MISCARRIAGES SUCK D*CK! HARD ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!

        i know that BKC is a super commercialized product, but GD peeps, you can’t fake that type of pain, or assume that you know what it’s like to go through that.

        WHEN…the doc tells you…like ‘she’ told me…yeah…uh, ‘RHO***’…i know we just had movement on the ultrasound last week and now…you are still visible preggers, but the life signs are DYING!!!!!’

        i’ll never forget that sh*t! and this was after my 1st. that chick ain’t lyin’ about a damn thang.

        she’s blessed to have been given a chance to procreate again and i’m super happy for her.

        tout-suite. ;-)

    • Rikki says:

      @ Carolyn

      You don’t know Beyonce to say that she’s not shy, sweet, humble. And Blind Items are mostly bs just to start gossip. They never showed who gave the baby to Beyonce to hold. Could have been a family member. If she has a nanny, so what? Is it illegal to have one? How do you know a nanny is raising Blue? You’re not in their household. It was a documentary about her life so of course she was going to mention her miscarriage.

  33. Gossip Garl says:

    2 theories and i won’t discuss this again: 1.she was preggers deliverd early, child suvived, and by that time she told us:im Preggers!
    2.some one carries the child concieved by her and mr. C.She cant carry for some reasson?its one of those 2 .

  34. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    This coming from someone that is as dumb as a bag of old toenail clippings;I simply can’t believe how much the media is up her arse, someone must be getting paid off big time; her music is toy plastic disposable unmemorable – is the media afraid of her, and if so, why? A narcissistic pop star has the media around her finger.

  35. Louise says:

    First child + too much money + enormous ego. Hey BeyBey, she ain’t all that…except to you. Getcha another surrogate and get to work on another 2nd coming of the frenum.

  36. stinkyman says:

    With all the love this woman heaps upon herself and her family there is no room for any love of mine. She leaves me cold.

  37. skuddles says:

    I’m still not convinced that Blue is Beyonce’s child but there’s not a tiny shred of doubt that she’s Jay’s child. She’s like his mini-me.

  38. fridayhype says:

    She never showed any photos at 8 0r 9 months when she was pregnant

  39. Amelia says:

    She is turning into a Kardashian. Why can’t she keep her private business to herself. I really don’t care about her bluey ivy. They are plenty of very cute babies. She should just have a reality show and let it all out.

  40. Cassie3 says:

    I got out conclusions from this site and many others.

    1. Pregnant women should look obese and gross. (So was Gisele faking each pregnancy?)
    2. If every stage of pregnancy is not recorded to the public is because it’s a scam (Yes) But there is always image edition so images could be fake (Ooops)
    3. Women who decide to do gestational surrogacy for millionaires and the rich are laughing happily while enjoying the money (Yeah!!!)

    So Beyonce should do the most intelligent thing, she should tell women to stop being lazy envious b… and do surrocgacy in a very subtle and discreet manner during an interview. Perhaps with some very good money in their hands women would be happier.

  41. whateven says:

    Don’t know why people are saying the child isn’t Beyonce’s. I think it is Beyonce’s AND Jay-z’s child. They just had a surrogate carry the child. Too many lies against her (ie folding belly, lie that she gained 60lbs when she was virtually the same size, she barley gained weight, the hopping in and out of the SUV or whatever). People can believe what they want, but I believe she did NOT give birth to that child. Celebrities and the media are so up her A** it is bordering on creepy.

  42. reg says:

    Dont have to see the surrogate, the baby looks like Jay Z and someone else, but now Bowonce. Look again when that baby is 3 years old and will look like a mix between a Mexican lady and Jay Z.. By the Way Jay Z does not like the way baby looks, next time might use a different surrogate.