Let’s say you’ve had a wild past. Maybe you partied hard. Perhaps you were a little promiscuous. So now that you’re a parent yourself, what do you do when your own child starts rebelling?
Madonna, who’s made a career out of being shocking and provocative, says she was none too pleased when she saw photos of her 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes, smoking a cigarette. The one-time Material Girl says she feels the need to bring down the hammer a bit at home.
“[I]wasn’t very happy,” she said, according to Access Hollywood. “Honestly, I don’t think I’m as tough as I should be. I think I need to be maybe tougher.”
It appears as though her daughter knew the right buttons to push -- Madonna noted she’s not fond of cigarette-smoking “for anyone.”
As a parent, “every day is a negotiation,” the pop star said in an interview on the Today show, noting that she tries to keep her domestic side separate from her public persona.
“To my children there’s mostly the one who says, ‘Have you done your homework?’ and ‘Why are you wearing that?’ and ‘Why did you say that?’ and ‘What are you eating that for?’” she said.
Sounds like the 53-year-old mother of four/ Girl Gone Wild is actually not so different from other parents. The only thing is, since she’s still flaunting her risqué public image, she can’t exactly use the old refrain, “I was young; I made some mistakes.”
As many online commenters have pointed out, when you’ve got a reputation for defying authority, can you really lay down the law for your own children?
“God knows what she was doing when she 15, and God knows what she is doing now behind closed doors!” one commenter wrote.
Another rephrased words uttered from Madonna’s own mouth: “Momma Don’t Preach . . .”
How do you be an authority to your children when you were, or continue to be, rebellious yourself?