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Do Celebrity Parents Deserve All The Scrutiny In Their Parenting Skills?

There are fascinating commentary debates all the time on two of the most popular parents in Hollywood: The Jolie-Pitts and the Holmes-Cruise.

In recent articles regarding Suri Cruise and the Jolie-Pitt kids over at Celebrity Babies there are debates ranging in topic from Suri Cruise’s weather-appropriate wardrobe, to whether the Jolie-Pitt kids are missing out by their parents “making them travel” all the time.

One camp usually defends the parents, arguing that it is their choice, it is their kids, and they know more/better than strangers do. They then question the dissenting commenter as to whether they would be this intrusive and critical to a parent in real life.

The other camp counter-argue that they are celebrities. If they wanted to keep their kids out of the limelight they should themselves stay out of the limelight, and that this is the price they pay for putting their lives and children out there. Other intelligent arguments are that parents don’t always know what’s best, as evidenced by the failings of many parents to do what’s right for their kids. (Britney Spears with baby on lap while driving, anyone?).

I can see both point, but still feel sorry that these children, who didn’t ask for all this celebrity, is under so much scrutiny. I am glad I don’t subscribe or buy any tabloid magazines. And feel a little guilty that Celebrity Babies is one of my frequent reads. The shots the feature aren’t always taken with a long-lens camera, and I’ve read statements of some of the kids being scared of the paparazzi.

What do you think? Which camp do you agree or disagree with?

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