She should know! Alanis Morissette’s daughter Onyx may only be 6 years old, but she’s mature beyond her years – she’s even decided to call the singer by her full name.
“My daughter started calling me by my full name because she noticed that no one uses my full name when we’re in personal settings,” Morissette, 48, said during the Thursday, Oct. 20, episode of Audacy’s show.The Gary Bryan Morning Show.” “So instead of saying ‘mom’, she’s going to say ‘Alanis Morissette’.”
The “Ironic” singer, who shares three children with her husband – sons Ever Imre (11) and Winter Mercy (3) and daughter Onyx Mario “Souleye” Treadwayshe didn’t reveal if her other little ones have adopted the hilarious trait, but she did reveal that all three of her kids are big fans of her music.
“They [listen], even when I’m like ‘turn it off!'” Morissette joked. “They are so cute.”
The Canadian native is known for her unique parenting methods. In May 2020, the American Music Award winner opened up about choosing to homeschool her children through “unschooling,” which she described as “child-led education.”
“So if there’s some plan like, ‘Let’s play with these magnetic tiles,’ and my daughter is like, ‘Fuck those tiles. I want to put glitter on that thing and cut a tree,’ boom — we’re doing it,” she told Health magazine at the time. “I’m basically getting into their eyeballs. We’re constantly looking at their eyes and what they’re drawn to, and then we do a deep dive.”
Acknowledging that “unschooling” requires studying “24/7″, Morissette and Treadway, 42, even set up their own home to help their children’s learning. “My husband and I create pods all over the house — here is the spelling area and here are the fake animals. There is probably a better definition of not attending school, but there is no rigidity in it,” she said at the time.
The songstress, who has been open about her struggle with postpartum depression for years, also said she doesn’t shy away from talking about mental health with her children. “We talk about therapy all the time,” she explained. “And then with feelings, it’s a big thing for me to let them feel to the end. I want to give them the feeling that they are not alone, that I am right here and that they can feel it all the way.”
In August 2021, the “Jagged Little Pill” artist told Today that her PPD “got progressively worse” after each delivery, noting that she only came out “on the other side” because of things like therapy and medication.
“I was very ashamed of being in treatment,” he said. “But it kept me alive and I don’t regret it at all. If you have to, just do it.”