Mama Mia! Britney Spears’ Mom Tells All (Cover Your Ears!)
Right after the announcement last year that Lynne Spears got a contract for a memoir with a release date of Mother’s Day 2008, in which she’d give parenting tips (saints preserve us!), word leaked out that youngest daughter Jamie Lynn—the then sixteen-year-old star of the Nickelodeon Network show, “Zoey 101″—was preggers, by her teenage boyfriend. Lynne’s response was shock and awe that they were even doing the deed—since her daughter “never missed her curfew.”
I guess anyone dumb enough to buy the book will skip ahead to that chapter, just to see what that had to do with anything.
Because it certainly had nothing to do with birth control.
Well, word is that the book deal is back on…
But Jamie Lynn’s wedding is off.
Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?
Frankly, I think going it alone as a single mother could teach Jamie Lynn a lot about herself, and about life. Let’s face it: 75 percent of all marriages of couples under the age of 26 fail. She’s seen it first hand, in her sister’s example.
In fact, she has a leg up on a lot of many teenage single moms: she won’t be worrying about how to financially support herself: she was well-paid as the star of the successful television show (it has since been cancelled) and hopefully her trust fund won’t be pillaged by her parents before she comes of legal age. If she’s smart (that is, smarter than big sis Brit), she won’t jump into one bad marriage after another, but give herself time to grow and mature.
Along with her baby.
I feel sorry for New Millennium tweens: between the Spears sisters and the Lohans, there has been a dearth of good role models.
Certainly Britney would glean some insights on interpersonal relationships if she read Keith Ablow’s article about Carbon Copy Men. She doesn’t need a marital strike three;
As for Mama Lynne, before her book hits the bookshelf (and subsequently, the close-out bin), I’d suggest she take some advice herself, from sexologist Logan Levkoff, who was interviewed by SMW’s Melissa Chapman on the topic of how Single Moms can talk to their kids about sex.
It’s never too late to learn something new. That goes double for celebrity self-help authors.
Ignorance is not bliss,
SMW Relationship Editor