Madonna makes parenting demands of ex -- should you?
I would think one of the hardest parts of getting divorced would be getting on the same page with your ex over how the children are parented and dealing with another woman having a say in how your kids are raised. That's why stories like this one in London's Guardian newspaper was so eagerly lapped up. It says that Madonna has a list of demands for Guy Ritchie when the kids are visiting. The story is awesome, if not confirmable.
Among the demands, according to the paper:
-- Under no circumstances should they read newspapers, magazines or be allowed to watch TV or DVDs.
-- They should wear the clothes Madonna has sent with them on the flight. If they need to be bought anything, they should not contain man-made fibers.
-- They must eat a macrobiotic, vegetarian diet with no processed or refined food, and must drink only water blessed by Kabbalah leaders
-- Guy should not discuss the separation with them.
-- The boys should not be introduced to Guy's new friend, especially any new female friends.
-- The boys should not be photographed while with Guy.
-- At bedtime, Guy should read 3-year-old David the English Rose books Madonna wrote.
Having tried to slog through the English Rose books myself, I would say good luck with that, Guy. I can't see any little boy sitting for that dreadful book about mean English schoolgirls for very long. The rest of the demands may seem a little kooky but if they reflect her parenting values, are they wrong? I could so see this happening in a house where mom is vegan and finds it morally offensive to serve her kids a burger. Is that any different from a mom insisting the kids say their prayers at night or limit television?
I can't tell you the number of 6 year olds I've met with rated M (for mature content) video games that they proudly announce was given to them by their dad. I always wonder if it's guilt, inattentiveness or simply the desire to annoy his ex that prompted those purchases.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne