Many teens and parents are having trouble accepting girl next door Miley Cyrus‘ sexy and provocative new image. Boston.com interviewed a child development expert on how to help get over the shock of Miley stripping down on stage. If you or your child is having a hard time accepting an idol’s new persona, it’s important to do more than just talk about it, you have to hear your child’s perspective.
Ask questions that spark discussion [‘How does this new image compare with what you used to love about Hannah?’] rather than pass judgment [‘Do you think she looks inappropriate?’]. Discuss the ideas of image and marketing, and ask them what they think Cyrus is trying to do.
‘What garners attention is not the typical, it’s the outrageous, it’s the edgy, it’s about any attention you can get. What sells?’ If your teen is trying to dress and act like the new, more adult Miley Cyrus, ‘don’t panic,’ The more you push back and yell out your disgust, the more your daughter may cling to what you hate. She’s a teenager, after all!’’ Full article here. Thx Katherine!