It has been one year since Michael Jackson suddenly died at his home, leaving family, friends and fans worldwide mourning. Fans around the world are planning tributes to Michael Jackson to mark the one year anniversary of his death on June 25. But what about Michael Jackson’s three children? How are they doing?
FOX News is reporting that Michael Jackson’s children Prince age 13, Paris age 12 and Blanket age 8 are still having a difficult time adjusting to life without their father. This is hardly surprising. Given the children’s young ages, the death of a parent can be especially difficult to adjust to. Prince, Paris and Blanket face many obstacles unique to their status as Michael Jackson’s children. However, recent changes may allow the children to begin to make more progess towards healing.
An End to Their Isolation
According the FOX News, since their father’s death Prince, Paris and Blanket have become even more isolated than before. They have not attended school. Instead they have been home schooled by private teachers. According to their grandmother Katherine Jackson, they do not have any friends besides their cousins. However, the children do have the positive support of their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, including Joe Jackson who is said to have a strong bond with Prince, Paris and Blanket. He spends a lot of time with all three children.
The isolation of Prince, Paris and Blanket will soon be coming to an end according to Katherine Jackson. This fall all three Jackson children will be enrolled in private school. Also in the works this summer are plans to visit Disney World and the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. Licensed clinical psychologist Andrea Bonior sees these outings and school attendance as positive steps toward normalcy. “Encouraging new social opportunities by starting a more traditional school experience is indeed wise. It will help them focus less on whose kids they are, and more on how they can be individuals and part of a community of peers– very important at their ages,” says Bonior. Hopefully this end of isolation and newfound individuality apart from their father will allow Prince, Paris and Blanket to move on in their grieving process and allow them to begin to have an identity apart from their father.
According to the Washington Post, part of the children’s difficulty adjusting may lie in the fact that since their father passed away, the children’s home life has not had much structured routine. Experts agree that a regular predictable routine is essential in helping young children recover from the death of a parent. The year since Michael Jackson passed away has seen the removal of Prince, Paris and Blanket’s longtime nanny Grace Rwaramba. Katherine Jackson reportedly fired Rwaramba over a disagreement the nanny had with Paris over homework. Attending school should help provide the children with a more pedictable routine. Paris has also reportedly turned her bedroom into a shrine to her late father. Prince, Paris and Blanket also reportedly spend many hours every day listening to Michael Jackson’s music.
Kids Mark Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Death
ABC News is reporting that Prince, Paris and Blanket will mark their father’s death during a private family remembrance to be held in Gary, Indiana. Katherine Jackson will also unveil a monument there to her late son outside the house where Michael Jackson was raised. The family will also gather at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles for a private memorial service. It was in Gary, Indiana that Michael’s father Joe Jackson formed the singing group The Jackson 5. The group originally did not include Michael. But soon after forming the group, Joe realized Michael’s talent and he was made the lead singer joining brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon onstage.