As I have already admitted before in this column, I am not a great defender of celebrities and the bizarre lives they lead. However, I am going to have to come out right now and say that I actually feel bad for Britney Spears. Yep, it’s true – I feel terrible that the pop princess mommy can’t seem to get a break when it comes to raising her baby boy.
And apparently, I’m not alone. Last week the Associated Press released a story that said "normal" (non-celebrity) moms, like myself, are coming to her defense. According to the story, 75 percent of moms polled at the website Parenting.com said they believed the media had gone too far in portraying Spears as a bad mom.
The latest baby gaffe with Spears happened a few weeks ago when she inadvertently almost dropped baby Sean Preston as she was walking out of a New York City hotel. The next day the near-miss photo was splashed across the front page of every tabloid. "Oops she did it again!" seemed to be the headline du jour.
And I had to ask: Can’t this woman get a break?
Don’t get me wrong – I was horrified when I saw the photos of Spears driving with her baby in her lap. She claimed it was done in order to avoid the paparazzi. I say: Let your bodyguard drive and put the kid in his car seat.
And, after seeing the photos of her 8-month-old baby, sitting in a front-facing car seat, I think she needs to take a refresher course in car seat safety. But to make her out to be a bad mom because she stumbled while carrying her kid, well, that’s a bit extreme.
I doubt there is a mom (or dad) out there who hasn’t, at one time or another, stumbled oDonr tripped while carrying their kid. Heck, I know I’ve done it before. But, the difference is, as the article mentioned above pointed out – we don’t have the paparazzi watching our every move. With Spears, it seems that the media cannot wait to catch that next baby bobble and expose it as yet another example of bad parenting.
I’m not saying Spears is going to win the "Mother of the Year" award any time soon, but a couple of bad judgment calls and a minor baby bobble do not make her a bad mother. Heck, at least she picked a mainstream name for her kid.