Last weekend, a bunch of kids in my teens’ school threw a party with alcohol and drugs. They posted photos of themselves all over Facebook with giant liquor bottles. Anyone who didn’t go was made to feel like they missed out on something really, really cool.
That’s what we’re up against today as parents. I’m not lovin it.
Not only do teens have the normal peer pressure in high school but they have the social media peer pressure to deal with when they’re trying to do the right thing.
Which brings me to Miley Cyrus. Miley has decided to make herself look bizarro. She has used social media to let the world know. Within hours after it happening, she tweeted out photos of her freakish new haircut and dye job. As a parent, my immediate reaction was to scream and run into my daughter’s room shouting DON’T EVEN THINK OF DOING THIS! But there are lots of girls out there who think whatever Miley does is cool and they are choosing to make themselves look like freaks, too.
…and that’s why I hate when teen starlets go bad.
I know it’s hard for young celebrities to be perfect, especially when you’ve got the world watching your every move. But really, don’t these Hollywood starlets know that millions of younger girls look up to them and follow their every move on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter?
I love Miley Cyrus because she’s talented. Her song, The Climb, is so moving. I love Amanda Bynes because she’s always been the girl with a sense of humor. And I must admit that The Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan is one of my all time favorite movies.
I’m disappointed that Amanda is whacked out, that Lindsay can’t stop herself from drinking, partying and crashing cars and that Miley has decided to take on a bad girl image. I trying to use these incidents to talk to my daughter about maturing without going insane.
I’m no fool though. I know in Hollywood, just like in my home, kids mature and make their own decisions about how to dress and act, sometimes just to rebel. But as a mom, I feel invested in my Hollywood favorites and cheer them on like I would my own kids. I want to see these girls do well. I miss the sweet lil Hannah Montana. Obviously, she still hasn’t found the best of both worlds.
Parents, do your teens think it’s cool to be a good girl gone bad? Have you talked with them about how to handle it when their role models disappoint them?