Jennifer Hudson on sending her son to preschool

Jennifer Hudson's son is starting preschool. Here's why she's not thrilled about it.

Photo: Diane Cohen/FameFlynet Photo: Diane Cohen/FameFlynet

Oscar and Grammy award-winner Jennifer Hudson, 31, is sad her four-year-old son, David Daniel, is starting preschool this year.

No, she's not sad because of the thick sense of nostalgia in the air or the feeling our kids are growing up so fast or because where the heck did the summer go?? like many of us are. She's sad for a more Hollywood reason.

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"Oh my God, he’s getting ready to start school," she told People at last weekend's Video Music Awards (VMAs). "I’m going to miss him because he won’t be able to travel with me."

"So that’s the downside," she added. "He’s bound to home now."

That is hard for a big Hollywood star, to be sure. One great thing about her son getting older, however, is that little David can now exercise in the morning with his dad, David Otunga, she says — and more so, because Jennifer's enjoying seeing him become his own person. “I like watching him come into his own,” she told the mag. “I don’t want to tell him what he can and can’t be.”

David Otunga, Jr. and a caregiver. Photo: Cindy Barrymore/FameFlynet David Otunga, Jr. and a caregiver. Photo: Cindy Barrymore/FameFlynet

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How was your first day of school? Were you sad to see the kids go? Excited? Nostalgic? I was excited for my kids to enter grades 1 and 3, but also, well, verklempt. I'll miss our summer weekends at the cottage. And my gosh..., grade 3 already!?

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This article was originally published on Sep 03, 2013

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Haley Overland is a writer/editor at Today's Parent. Our resident celebrity queen, she dishes out all the sweetest scoop on celebrity families at our Celebrity Candy blog. She has interviewed celeb moms like Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and Jillian Michaels, and has shared her expertise on CTV’s ETalk. Haley also has an award-winning personal blog,, where she writes about everything from motherhood to yoga, her dog “Betty White” and what it's like to be Clive Owen's girlfriend. Haley has two kids, whom she fondly refers to online as “The Monkey” and “The Rascal.”