Okay, I'm completely unsure whether to laugh or cry at this one. Granted, Dina Lohan may know a thing or two about getting children (seeing as all three have taken stabs at modeling and younger sis is now turning to singing) into Hollywood but are mothers really going to pick up her book eagerly hoping to turn their children into little Lohans?
The answer, in a word, is yes.
And that scares me a lot. Yes, many show business oriented mothers out there are probably dying to get their hands on a book that will reveal top secret info on getting commercial auditions, modeling gigs and record deals. But is this a good thing?
You cannot answer that question without looking at how Dina Lohan (pictured with her whole brood) defines her children's success.
Lindsay is THE STAR of the Lohan household, with siblings well on their way to catapulting into a similar fame trajectory. Ali, 12 years old, has a holiday album coming out this winter. She is also in talks for TV and movie deals. Dina Lohan, a former "Radio City" Rockette dancer and model, has eaten up going to all the Hollywood parties, galas and home parties, relishing in the limelight even more perhaps than her children. She has allowed photographers to capture dozens of photos of the interior of her home. Everywhere are large, framed glossy photos of Lindsay on magazine covers and in movie reel stills. Furthermore, Dina Lohan has consistently defended her daughter's often outlandish behavior to the media. She rhetorically asks what teenager doesn't drink and go to clubs? Dina reassures us that Lindsay's just a teenager who loves to dance.
Dina seems unconcerned about her 19-year-old daughter's promiscuity (oftentimes with much older men, like 30-something director Brett Ratner and movie star father Bruce Willis) and the scathing reports that Lindsay has been discovered scrawling profanity laden remarks about fellow stars (like Scarlett Johanssen) on public bathroom walls. Plus, Lindsay seems more accomplished at friendship fallouts than sustaining close women friends.
If this is a recipe for children's success, then I think the rest of us just might want to pass.
According to mom Dina, the idea for her book came about after receiving tons of mail from people asking for advice.
So, who are these parents who want to initiate what Dina has done for her girls?
Oprah recently featured Show Biz moms and dads on her talk show, highlighting parents recently featured on a Bravo television series that follows overzealous parents in their pursuits to get their children in the limelight, whether in sports, dance, music or acting. In the hour long episode, Oprah attempted to show these overly focused parents that scheduling their children to death was not "success." In fact, "success" should be more about making sure the children are happy, well rested and well adjusted in place of awards and notoriety.
Gee, maybe Oprah has a point in her astute comments, they concurred. But gosh, they reasoned on, my 6 year old daughter wants to be an Olympic figure skater.. or movie star... or youngest American Idol contestant...and who am I to squash her dreams? Oh show biz moms and dads, I feel for you. I do. You see potential and you know, from experience, that sometimes kids talents can be wasted if not nurtured. But, maybe, just maybe, our children don't absolutely need to pursue star careers at the tender age of entering grade school. Maybe we should let them wait a little - say, until puberty sets in?
In the meantime, maybe Dina Lohan can hook up with Kathy Hilton (deliriously happy Mom creator of Paris and Nicky) and they can trade insider tips.
Image from aliana-lohan.com