Is Real Housewives a Real Guide to OC-Style Parenting?
Parenthood supplies a strange and fascinating dimension of The Real
Housewives of Orange County, which increasingly feels like Mildred
Pierce: the habit of indulging children materially, instead of making
them go to the library or disciplining them, backfires with a
So how to cope with mommy's little monsters? Lynne--whose teenage daughter wasn't in school, wasn't working, had no interests and had no plans for college--supplied some tough love by buying the girl a $22,000 BMW for her birthday. Hey, it was used.
This is the parenthood-as-friendship model taken to the most pernicious extreme. Most of the mothers can't seem to differentiate between their own needs and desires and those of their children. Lynne's daughter showed up at her birthday party in a dress the size of a doorknob and was hurt to hear her boyfriend tell her, not enthusiastically, that she looked like a stripper. "I can't believe Randy said that about the dress at the party," Lynne told the camera later, "because it was my dress."The Real Housewives of Orange County is, in the end, the brilliant, frightening, bizarre Cosmo guide to child rearing: 101 Ways to Have a Lazy Kid.
You're welcome, Orange County chamber of commerce!