However, Parton recently admitted that while she never had children of her own, she has a special bond with little ones. "I've had children's songs by the stacks for years," she said.

Over the years, fans have wondered why the "Jolene" singer and her husband of more than 50 years, Carl Dean, never chose to become parents.

In 1990, she founded a nonprofit organization called the Imagination Library, a community-based reading initiative that mails a free book every month to children from the time they're born until the age of 5. Her charity has donated more than 100 million books and earned her a nickname — "the book lady." Country legend Dolly Parton is beloved by listeners of all ages, but despite her large family and her strong bond with kids, she and husband Carl Dean have never had children of their own. Dolly is the fourth of 12 children born to Avie Lee Caroline (née Owens, 1923 – 2003) and Robert Lee Parton Sr (1921 – 2000). "Now that Carl and I are older, we often say, 'Aren't you glad we didn't have kids? I went through a dark time, until I made myself snap out of it," Dolly said in an interview, according to Made For Mums. "I write songs for Imagination Library with all the books that we put out and then I write personal songs for my little nieces and nephews and friends, so it just seemed to be a good time.

she told The Times U.K. in 2010. Parton told The Huffington Post that releasing a children's album has been a goal of hers for quite some time. And they are now." So I bring them over to visit me by choice. And according to Parton, that's the way it was meant to be. Here's why Dolly "wasn't meant to be" a mother, in her own words.

"Suddenly I was a middle-aged woman. The queen of country has a booming music career and is surrounded by her loving family members and countless fans. I got caves. The country star has 11 brothers and sisters who have children that she treats as her own. The legendary country music singer rarely talks about her home life with husband of almost 50 years, Carl Deal. In her thirties, Parton underwent a partial hysterectomy and found out she couldn't have children. Let's not forget that she's godmother to Miley Cyrus! Who were Dolly Parton's parents and family? Many of her … ", Not only is Parton drawn to kids, but kiddos love her, and she knows why! ", Dolly Parton has dedicated a big part of her life to caring for kids. This is why Dolly Parton doesn't have any children, © 2020

I look like Mother Goose or one of those over-exaggerated characters, and kids just relate to that," she explained to Today in 2017.

Country Legend Dolly Parton loves kids, there's no doubt about that, but when asked why she never had any of her own, the answer is simple: It wasn't in God's plan. And when I do keep them, if they get out of line, all I have to do is imply that I'll take them home or call their mom to come get them.

"You wouldn't believe my place!"

Parton has talked about dealing with other people's kids, telling The Huffington Post: "I'm the perfect grandma, I'm the perfect aunt, I'm the perfect babysitter, because I don't have children. ", Parton's work for kids doesn't end there. In some ways, she's glad it's just her and husband Carl Dean in their big Nashville home. Now we don't have kids to worry about,'" she told Billboard in 2014. In 2014 she told The Guardian that she and Dean did talk about expanding their family when they first got married in 1966, but her health issues got in the way. In 2017, she released a children's album titled I Believe in You. "God has a plan for everything," she said. Anyway, we talked about it, and we dreamed it, but it wasn't meant to be," she said.

The library's literacy mission is very personal to Parton. "I got tree houses. Many of the songs are personal and address important social issues, like how to stop bullying and how to be responsible. Country Legend Dolly Parton loves kids, there's no doubt about that, but when asked why she never had any of her own, the answer is simple: It wasn't in God's plan. Her nieces and nephews call "Aunt Granny," and through them, Parton says she is now enjoying her "second childhood.". Dolly Parton has been married to Carl Thomas Dean for more than 50 years, since 1966, However, the couple never had any children. I love to babysit 'cause it gives me a chance to play. Despite coming from a big family, Dolly Parton has never had children of her own. "My daddy couldn't read and write. Her father was a subsistence farmer and construction worker, and her mother was a homemaker for their large family. ", Dolly Parton has always been a favorite aunt, a cool grandmother, and a fun babysitter. Her 11 pregnancies … I had my career and all, I had younger brothers and sisters, so I had that responsibility and that joy and that duty. All rights reserved, when asked why she never had any of her own, her husband of more than 50 years, Carl Dean, Dolly Parton has always been a favorite aunt, her and husband Carl Dean in their big Nashville home. "I think it probably was his plan for me not to have kids so everybody's kids could be mine. The couple have no children of their own, but Dolly is the godmother of singer Miley Cyrus.

"I guess I didn't have the time. Parton celebrated her 74th birthday in 2020, and she's on top of the world. "We never did think of adopting," she added.

So there you have it, and if you're suddenly wishing Dolly was your "Aunt Granny" too, you can listen to her read one of her favorite books, The Little Engine That Could, courtesy of the Imagination Library. Dolly Parton and Carl Dean have been married for half a century, but the couple never had children.

They don't get dumped on me. ", Talking with the Today show in 2017, Dolly Parton said fate led her to become a mother to many children, instead of just a mother to her own children.

"My dad and a lot of my relatives that grew up hard too, big families, they couldn't actually get a chance to go to school, because they had to work," she told CNBC. Dolly Parton made a rare admission about never having children in a new interview this week. Parton has even asked herself the same question.

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