It’s been 3 years since AJ and Rochelle McLean became parents. It’s also been 3 years that we’ve watched them raise the only Backstreet baby girl just as we’d want to raise our own children. The McLeans have literally become Parent Goals for so many of us. Ava McLean has quickly become a favorite with everyone who follows her parents on Instagram and it’s all because of their amazing parenting.
1. She’s A Fashionista!
Ava Jaymes McLean literally never looks sloppy. Even her pajamas are cute! We want all of her clothes in adult size, really. Are we even surprised though? AJ has always had a love for fashion (although sometimes questionable) and Rochelle has the vintage Hollywood starlet look DOWN (plus her makeup – woah). The genes have been passed down to their tiny human and we always look forward to what she’ll be werking next!
Oh, and don’t think mom and dad won’t go to great lengths to nail that fashion. We were all super impressed when Rochelle blinged out these tiny Converse for a Minnie Mouse costume this year. These are the CUTEST things we’ve seen thus far. Mom love is strong.
Oh, and let’s not forget that hairband/hair bow game. This girl…
2. …And A Free Spirit.
Some parents LOSE their minds worrying about the messes their children create and the clean up after. AJ and Rochelle let Ava do her thing, engage her free spirit, and enjoy every minute. That’s the way to go and we wish we could all be so chill.
3. Rochelle and AJ Encourage Ava To Be Her Own Person.
Not only does she wear her crown backwards, but her dance at her recital last year might have been the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Playing into her free spirit, the McLeans encourage their only daughter to be herself and love everyone. We need more parents like them in the world.
We wish our own parents would have let us wear kitty slippers to school!
4. They’ve Taught Ava That Love Wins.
The McLean household always looks like the place to hang with all the cool kids! They have the coolest friends (and remember that baby-themed baby shower?!). Perhaps their most notable friends are Tom Adler and Madonna Mark, who they refer to as Ava’s “Guncles”. Raising a child in these times is hard with everyone telling you what to believe and who you can love. AJ and Ro seem to make it a priority to teach Ava to love everyone regardless. Isn’t that the best you can do for your children? Love is love.
5. There’s Always Time For Silliness and Playtime!
While other celebrities are constantly posting pictures that make you think “where are your kids”, these two are constantly making us want children. They make parenting look fun and, while we know it’s hard work, all of us want to be as cool as they are!
6. Disney? Ok, Let’s Go!
Just… what kind of parents wouldn’t want to take their babies to Disneyland all the time?! Encouraging the magic of Disney is ALWAYS a parenting goal.
7. That Dress Up Game Is On Point, Too.
4 years ago, we never thought we’d see AJ McLean, Backstreet badass, with a tiara or a pink chef’s hat on. Now, it’s the norm. The memories he and Rochelle are making with this girl with the imagination the size of an elephant are going to last a lifetime. We’re all making a phone call to dad right now asking him to have a tea party with us!
8. Fangirl In The Making.
More than once, Ava’s parents have mentioned that she loves the Backstreet Boys and of course, she’s Daddy’s biggest fan. This year though, baby fangirl was taken to a whole new level when her Mom took her to meet THE Taylor Swift. WHAATTTT?! Parent. Goals.
Oh, and there is also the fact that Ava was totally hanging out with Derek Hough after the Dancing With The Stars finale. What is her life?! Can AJ and Rochelle adopt me?!
9. Mom and Dad Date Nights Are BOMB.
Of course when you’re a parent, you have to make time for yourselves. While it’s usually Friends and popcorn or quaint dinners for the McLeans, it’s also things like Lance Bass’ wedding and Madonna concerts. Parenting goals have now turned into relationship goals. Insert heart eyes here!
10. The Love For Their Daughter Is Incredible (And They Have Their Own Kind Of Normal).
Maybe the thing we love most about watching Ava Jaymes grow up via social media through the eyes of her parents is that you can tell, without even looking at the caption, how in love they are with her. Whether it’s Rochelle posting that she and AJ are “her everything” or AJ posting that “if he had ovaries, they would be exploding” over his little girl riding a bike, watching them raise their daughter restores our faith that the next generation might be okay if there is more parents like them in the world. Love, love, love.
At the end of the day, they’re normies just like us (except TMZ doesn’t stop to talk to our dads / husbands), but they’re totally rocking this parent thing and we feel like they should know. Hey AJ and Rochelle – Ava is super lucky and one day, she’ll thank you for the job well done.