Madonna's Daughter Smoking Is Not a Sign of Bad Mothering

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[Editor's Note: Here's a confession of sorts -- I stole one of my dad's cigarettes when I was about 14-years-old and smoked it around the corner of our house when my parents were out running errands. I never told them, and thankfully no one took a photo of me doing so like recently happened to Madonna's 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes. Jo Hilder wrote about the way the New York Post ran a front-page story about the non-news-story and asks everyone to lay off the talk about Madonna's mothering skills. All teens make bad choices! -Jenna]

Lay Off the Mama:

cigaretteAnd since this photo was published, people have been aiming some pretty harsh vitriol at Madonna, criticizing her parenting skills and making assumptions about her relationship with her daughter.

Now, before I go further, I must admit my own initial reaction to this story was to roll my eyes and say “Well, what did they expect?” But then I thought about it some more. That could be 15-year-old me in that photo. Really, she’s just another teenager. And what if this were my 15-year-old daughter?

This could be me. This could be my daughter.

Photo Credit: superfantastic.

Read more from Lay Off The Mama at Jo Hilder's Blog


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