Blogs by Rita Schiano
Stage Mother vs. Vague Mother
7/17/2008 5:16:49 PM
You have two child-stars-turned-superstars, idolized by tweens and teens everywhere, who suffer from egomaniacal, self-destructive behavior, and whose mothers are being bashed by pundits and bloggers alike for either doing too much or too little for their daughters.
Let’s start with Britney Spears. MSN features an online “Big Debate — Is Britney’s Mom Too Pushy?”
It seems Stage Mom Lynne Spears wants to send her daughter back to rehab. She has teamed up with Britney’s soon-to-be-Fed-ex (and father of her two children) to try and save her daughter from thoroughly destroying her life. The voice of reason? Or an overbearing mom?
On the flip side, is Vague Mom Dina Lohan.
In a December 2006 article for the Entertainment News Network, Dina called her daughter, megastar Lindsay Lohan, “very smart” for visiting Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. Yet, Mama Lohan is also regularly photographed in various Hollywood and New York "hot spots"¯ imbibing alongside her rehab veteran and not-so-teetotaling daughter.
As Lindsay continues her spiral into the abyss, Dina’s attitude continues to raise questions. As reported in the 2006 article, Mama Lohan explains her inaction this way: “As a parent, you tell them what you can tell them, but she’s 20 and I’m not gonna say, ‘Stay home and don’t go out’–that’s a ridiculous thing to do. I’m there for support, and I’ll obviously give her my opinion, but she’s very smart.”
Obviously, Dina, she is not. It’s time to step up and be a parent.
(Written for KidsTerrain http://www.kidsterrain.com/blogs.html)
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