Brainwashing sounds like a cruel undertaking by a character of Rosemary's Baby. For those of you who don't know, that was a 1968 horror movie about a brainwashed woman who conceive the devil's child. Freaky!
Horror movies aside, though, brainwashing isn't all demons and scary things. More than anything, it's about altering a person's cognitive reasoning so that they view the world the way you want them to.
For mothers and children, this means that a mom would present the world in such a way that would convince her child to believe that's the only way it is. Another common scenario would be for a mom to project her own standards on her children so strongly that they were sort of trapped in that mindset...or at least until they figured out the truth.
It's only a given that we moms want to teach our children to be productive members of society. So, we instill within them certain disciplines and ways of thinking. Assuming that these are positive things and actually help them to succeed in life, there is no harm in this line of action.
What is harmful is teaching our children to think that neglect, abuse, exploitation, or even a severe lack of discipline (would could be neglectful) is okay. There are a few famous moms who have done just this.
I'm going to tell you about them today, so here goes!
15 Michelle Duggar
There are so many people who have so many issues with this celebrity mom. For starters, she is notorious for handing off her babies once they're weaned. Apparently, when a new baby no longer breastfeeds, the baby is assigned to an older kid. This "new parent" is responsible for the child's upbringing.
Aside from forcing your children to become parents too soon, Michelle and her husband were also part of a scandal. Their son Josh molested his sisters on three separate occasions. Rather than separating him from the rest to prevent further damage, the brood stuck together.
Living with your abuser is in no way healthy or conducive to proper healing. Brainwashing is written all over this type of behavior.
Madonna is well-known for many things. One thing is that she has a rocky relationship with several of her children. Her son Rocco being at the blunt of most of it. Her strict parenting style is admittedly at the crux of it all.
Both Rocco and Lourdes have commented on their mom being "too controlling." She's a micromanager to say that least. It's fine when you adopt a certain lifestyle for yourself, but to force that same and rather odd lifestyle on your children is taking it a little too far.
For instance, she's known for her macrobiotic diet where sweets are outlawed. Also, TV, magazines, or even toys that were considered "spiritually unsound" are all on the no-no list.
This long list of rules goes beyond control freak into brainwashing mom mode.
13 Angelina Jolie
Both ex-lovers Brad and Angelina have openly adopted an anything-goes kind of attitude when it comes to raising their kids. Notoriously NOT heavy handed, rumor has it the Pitt-Jolie household typically runs amuck with chaos.
Rather than disciplining, Angelina believes in giving her children the room to explore, be curious, and make decisions themselves. If this means destroying the house then so be it.
Another curious parenting trait adopted in the Jolie household is that she believes in no secrets. She explains, "I mean, there's an age of understanding, so you've got to present it in a way that is age-appropriate, but we know our children very well. We want everything to be on the table and any questions they have, for them to ask."
While it's not the evil kind of brainwashing, some would argue that it's altering mindsets a little too much. Could pose a future problem for her youngsters.
12 Jada Pinkett Smith
Another parent famous for her non-parenting style of parenting is Jada Pinkett Smith. Let's just throw out there that Will Smith, her husband, is at least 98% on board with this parenting as he has only recently started to doubt their parenting choices.
The one rule that this mom has is that there are no rules. She has always tried to guide her kids Jaden and Willow, but that's about as far as she'll extend her parenting hand. She's even gone as far as to allow their kids to set their own punishment.
If you know anything about these two kids, you know how egocentric, self-focused, and prideful this has made them. Again, brainwashing might be a stretch, but then again maybe not. Even Will admitted to doubting whether the whole no-rules thing was a good idea.
11 Katie Holmes
First off, in Katie Holmes' defense, she's become one heck of a mom since ditching Tom Cruise and his controlling way of life. She spends a lot of quality time with her daughter Suri whereas Tom barely sees her at all. Katie is definitely single momming it.
But, when they were still together, Suri was born in the notorious "silent birth" that so many celebrities have adopted. This is where the baby doesn't hear any cries of pain from the mother.
Evidently, Suri was allowed to do whatever she pleased because her parents believed that her spirit had lived for thousands of years already. She was basically an adult trapped in a toddler's body.
This included dining out past one in the morning, drinking Starbucks coffee drinks, and purchasing penis-shaped gummies from an adult-themed store. Many people think that giving Suri what she wants is simply lazy parenting exacted to avoid the child’s famous temper tantrums
10 Leah Remini
She might have played a hardcore female on King of Queens, but Leah Remini is anything but that in real life. More than anything, she is self-admitted pushover mom.
For instance, when her daughter sofia was age 4, she was a nightmare. She was still wearing diapers and drinking up to 6 bottles of milk at night. As you can imagine, her parents were exhausted simply from complying to her every demand.
Remini famously sought the advice of Rachael Ray to help her break her "pushover mom" habit. Still, she admitted to giving in to her daughter's cries. Tough love just wasn't in the stars for her.
I guess what most people don't understand is that this type of pushover behavior is what creates the type of adults most of us are annoyed with today.
9 Lisa Whelchel
If you're like most people, you've probably heard of the notorious patenting threat to "wash your mouth out with soap." This method of discipline was commonly used when children would back talk, cuss, lie, or even say something their parents didn't approve of.
Well, Lisa Whelchel adopted a similar approach. Except, rather than using soap as punishment, she used hot sauce.
"It does sting and the memory stays with them so that the next time they may actually have some self-control and stop before they lie or bite or something like that. It's a logical consequence."
The consensus is that, more than anything, this type of antiquated discipline will just make your kids afraid of you...or cuss you more quietly than before.
8 Farrah Abraham
It's safe to say that Farrah Abraham is one of the worst moms on TV. This wannabe Kardashian got her start on Teen Mom. Although, she flaunts herself as though America loves her, most people feel that she's an unfit parent.
Not only has she stolen the spotlight from her child hundreds of times, she will do anything for a few minutes of fame. And, by anything I mean even make a pornographic film that just so happened to "leak" onto the internet.
Abraham is so utterly fixated on her looks that she projects this attitude onto her young daughter. Allowing her to wear high heals and even wax her unibrow, this mother is brainwashing her little girl into someone as awful as her mother.
7 Christina Aguilera
I think we can all admit that Christina Aguilera is quite comfortable in her own skin. Even with her incredible weight fluctuations, she manages to exude sexiness at all times. Apparently, this isn't a show. She just is that sexy all the time.
At home, she has admittedly to being naked quite a bit - even around her kid. As parents, we've all changed clothes in front of our toddlers or even grabbed for the tampons if the situation arose. Though, it's not because we want to teach our kids that we're sexual beings.
As well as being in the nude and flaunting her sexiness around her child, there are a lot of female nude paintings around the house. She believes that nudity should be normal and is only weird when you shame it. I think that little one is in for a big surprise when he finds out "Naked Wednesdays" aren't really a thing.
6 Pamela Anderson
Seeing such a sex icon on this brainwashing list likely comes as no surprise to you. But, it may surprise you that she's not actually on the list for the same sexy reasons that Christina Aguilera is on the list. In fact, her presence has little to do with sex.
Rather, she made the list because she has publicly encouraged her teenage sons with ex-husband Tommy Lee to be illegal, but safely illegal. What???
In a post on her website, she said,"We want them to practice safe sex, drink, and experiment with drugs in moderation, find true love."
Of course, Tommy Lee is a fan of this line of thinking. That's a no-brainer. It's also a no-brainer to want your kids to find true love, but to toss it into the same wishing well as illegal drugs is a little over the top.
5 Gwyneth Paltrow
She's been dubbed one of Hollywoods most stuck-up moms. An elitist, if you will. But, she has some weird parenting quirks that most everyday parents would find very, very odd.
We'll start with the innocuous quirks like not believing in shampoo because it causes cancer. In a blog post, she said she was "seized with fear" about research that claimed household hygiene products are responsible for autism, cancer and asthma.
Like Madonna, her household was temporarily macrobiotic and they occasionally go coffee-free, alcohol-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, shellfish-free, meat-free, soy-free and wheat-free.
Her kids are only allowed to watch TV in French or Spanish on certain occasions. And, the best - she openly bathes with her kids. No a biggie. We've all done it...except that when she admitted this, Apple and Moses were 7 and 5 respectively.
4 Alicia Silverstone
I guess we could call Alicia Silverstone Mama Bird from now on, because that's the sort of parental attention she's getting. Her famous video of her passing soup from her own mouth to her child's mouth went viral.
In defense, she responded, "People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands of years. It's a weaning process. I think it's adorable and it makes me laugh every time he does it.
Unfortunately, this probably isn't the best practice to pass down to your kids. Not only is it a rather outdated form of weaning (at least, executed the way she did it), but it's unhealthy. The American Center for Disease Control isn't a fan because it can transmit strep and tooth decay.
3 Bethenny Frankel
The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel has been called a shark, a moron, and a liar by her own mother. Although there is bad blood between them, she's not the only one dissing this NYC mom.
Neighbors have stated that Frankel's kids despise her for not being there for them. We all know that she's busy business women and really enjoys working. She defends the fact that works so hard. She wants to leave a legacy for her children.
But, she does say that she doesn't ever miss pick-ups or drop-offs. She also claims that when she is with her children, she is there 100% rather than trying to juggle work and kids. Her ex Jason Hoppy argues against this saying she's not the good mother she claims to be. They've been in a nasty custody battle for years, so brainwashing her kids to win that is not out of the question.
2 Penelope Cruz
You've probably heard of the new parenting fad that is sweeping Hollywood. Well, the lovely Penelope Cruz has fallen prey as well as Tobey Maguire and Jamie Lee Curtis.
It's called Resources for Infant Educators or RIE. Basically, it's a parenting method which doesn't believe in praise. Also, it especially doesn't believe in treating children like children.
This means no baby talk, no sippy cups, no bouncers, no high chairs, no strollers, you get the picture. Basically, these things are seen as disrespectful to baby's true emotions and make them "zone out to stop annoying you."
So, when these kids look back on baby pictures, they're going to see bored mini-adults? I guess baby Ted from Boss Baby would enjoy this, but a real life baby...eh, not so much.
1 Mama June
Mama June is, of course, Alana's mom from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. This show was recently canceled from TLC because of a sexual abuse scandals that caused a huge fuss not many months ago.
Her eldest daughter "Chickadee" claimed that she was sexually abused by Mama June's former partner. The two ended up spitting anyway, but not before Mama June openly disbelieved her own daughter when she was just 8 years old.
The man actually serves a decade in prison for abuse charges and is registered as a sexual offender, but Mama June decided to date him again anyway after her divorce.
Brainwashing? Yes. To teach your daughters that sexual misconduct is in any way acceptable is nothing less than brainwashing.
Sources: www.people.com, www.eonline.com, www.inquisitr.com, www.babycenter.com
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