The newest episode of Parenting Bytes, the weekly podcast that I co-host, covers two controversial topics that had me pretty steamed.
The New Stage Moms
There’s something very wrong to me about kids who support their families financially. I get that managing a child star takes a lot of time, and if the parents have taken on those duties full time, they deserve to be compensated. But the bulk of the money should be put away for the child to give to a psychiatrist in the future, to try to recover from working through childhood.
I know there are kids who successfully make the leap from child actor to normal adult, but the horror stories are too many to ignore. And that’s what I was thinking about when my Parenting Bytes co-hosts and I spoke with Michelle Ruiz, who wrote a fantastic article in Cosmo about a six-year-old Instagram star whose mom won’t rest until she’s famous.
Toddlers In Bikinis
We also talked about a topic that I find sick: People who think toddlers shouldn’t wear bikinis because they become sexualized. Well, I think the sexualization is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, to quote Kurt Cobain, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.”
Listen in as we discuss those two topics, plus our Bytes of the Week – our weekly recommendations.
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Welcome to Parenting Bytes! In this episode, Rebecca Levey, Nancy Friedman, and Amy Oztan talk to writer Michelle Ruiz about the Internet’s latest star, six-year-old Cece Price, and how the internet is breeding a new generation of digital stage moms. Plus we discuss whether or not you should you let your toddler wear a bikini. And of course, our Bytes of the Week!
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