Ah, the Olsen twins. You have to admit it was fun watching these adorable girls growing up on Full House, not to mention their endless stream of cutesy straight to VHS movies. When my own daughter Kyle, now thirteen, was young she drank these movies up both for the visuals and feel good messages.
However, the issue for us moms with the Olsen twins is that, for better or worse, they remain highly visible role models for our tween and teen girls. Between Mary-Kate’s struggles with anorexia, dropping out of NYU, rumors of drug use, and dating much older men, they provide us moms with seemingly endless opportunities for some heart-felt discussions with our daughters of the challenges girls encounter in middle school, high school and college years.
Through their careers, the Olsen twins amassed a…well…. massive fortune. Recently, however, In Touch magazine reported on the Olsens’ cut back in spending. Mary-Kate opted for a $225 shirt instead of a $1,700 sweatshirt with Swarovski crystals. It seems these sisters are turning into quite the thrifty shoppers. Suddenly the $35 Lucky brand t-shirt my daughter is pining for seems like a bargain.
Why the sudden awareness of prices? Maybe it is because they no longer consistently bring home massive amounts of bacon. Having outgrown their roles as cute little twins, a typecast that has dominated their résumés since they were eight months old, they have arrived at a career crossroads. The Olsens’ first big-screen movie “New York Minute” flopped and they are now seeking more adult roles, preferably separately. For instance, Mary-Kate has recently landed a role in the upcoming movie Factory Girl, sans Ashley.
It is admirable when young stars fess up to their problems, and in doing so, let our daughters know that their behavior is not normal or healthy. A candid admission by a celebrity can help to open a dialogue between you and your teen. Unless, of course, that means opting for the several hundred dollar sweater over the couple thousand dollar one. Hmm…still trying to work out the parenting moral of this one.
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