Once again we are waking up to the news of a child star that has fallen so far to be under arrest. For a DUI and drag racing, news reports are now saying that Justin Bieber sits in custody in a Florida jail. We have watched his repeated antics for some time now and it is sad to say that this latest turn of events is no surprise. As a parent of teenagers, I just wonder where Justin Bieber's parents have been during his rise to ultra fame.
We have seen this before, a child with talent continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. Lindsey Lohan, Gary Coleman, Britney Spears and many many more have all captured the headlines for their off the wall behavior, bad judgement and even their illicet activity.
Where have the parents been when theses troubled young adults were still children? We have seen other child stars grow up and be productive adults and stay well out of the eye of the legal system. What made them different?
Now don't get me wrong. I am in no way out right blaming the parents for the behavior of these out of control stars. But, and that is a big but, a lot of unanswered question run through our minds at times like these.
As a parent myself I am seemingly forced to ask what role did these parents have in their children's lives as they toured the country, starred in films and money basically thrown at them at a young age?
Were these children taught manners?
Were these children taught to handle money?
I am not a parent of a child star. I have no idea of the challenges and struggles these parents face. But I am a parent and I am left wondering if any of this could have been avoided.
We see so many stars fall due to drugs and alcohol, so it leaves me wondering does the culture of Hollywood and stardom need to change? Does there need to be a way of helping these parents manage the flurry of new challenges they now face in properly raising their children?
Do we as a society need to change the way we treat these stars? Do we stop placing them on a pedestal and start expecting and holding them to the same behavior we expect out of our own children? What do we teach our own children when they see the people they idolize act in such a destructive manor?
For a long time now, whether or not we want to see it, we have all watched Justin Bieber continue to make the headlines. We have all seen this spiral of out of control behavior and I am sure none of us is surprised that Justin Bieber landed himself in jail.
So let's start a conversation with out passing judgement on the parents of these stars - could the type of behavior we have seen in Justin Bieber been avoided? How would you handle this behavior if you saw it in your own child?
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