Repercussions of extreme parenting

No Johnny, you cannot fly the private jet today. maybe tomorrow.

Extreme parenting, helicopter parents, attachment parenting- the art of raising children is all up in our face all the time these days.

Our pop culture has developed a serious parenting obsession.  No longer satisfied with the occasional advice book, we now have endless magazine pieces, elaborate guidelines, and *shudder* the baby leash. Yes, we’ve all seen one (Bumbershoot = baby leash mania).

But does all this advice really change anything? With some tips and tricks can parents really shape children in their likeness?  Does over-parenting really lead to a rubber band effect? I’m glad you asked – lets look at some high-profile case studies shall we?

She is young, bold, and not afraid to speak freely about members of the GOP. Is this Rachel Maddow? Why no, it is John McCain’s “rebel” (or perhaps “maverick,” BOOM) child Meghan McCain!

Meghan recently came out with a book entitled “Dirty Sexy Politics” (I don’t think daddy approves of the title) and has been writing for the website/blog The Daily Beast for quite a while now. While on her father’s 2008 presidential campaign, she created the blog McCainBlogette which gave us a very personal inside look of the campaign trail. She has become a role model for young women. Registered as an Independent when she was 18, she voted for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election. McCain also objected to the Arizona SB1070 immigration law, which her father (oye vey) supported.

And in her words “I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.”

Sting with Miss Karimo

What do you get when you mix a dictator as parent and the lifestyle of the rich and the famous? Well, you get a daughter who lives in Geneva serving as Uzbekistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN and showcasing her new fashion line at New York Fashion Week.

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner….Miss Gulnara Karimova, the 38-year-old daughter of President Islam Karimov – one of Central Asia’s most autocratic leaders known for banning organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch from the country.

She – on the other hand – is the founder of a social think tank, holds a Harvard degree, and even enticed Sting to play a concert in Tashkent.

What can’t these two women do?!  Perhaps we should put down the parenting manuals and give a little more credit to the children from time to time…


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