As Amanda Bynes' bizarre public meltdown continues, comparisons to Lindsay Lohan are inevitable. Here is yet another once celebrated starlet clearly on a dangerous, downward spiral. So, of course LiLo's mom Dina Lohan feels qualified to give parenting advice to the Nickelodeon star's undoubtedly stunned folks.
That's right, Dina. The mother who partied at clubs with her daughter. And let us not forget her recent, disastrous Dr. Phil interview where she seemed to be blitzed and completely out of it. I can't imagine any words of so-called wisdom from her would be appreciated by Bynes' low-key, suburban dentist dad and office manager mom.
I don't think it's a stretch to say that taking parenting advice from Dina is akin to getting diet and exercise pointers from a morbidly obese personal trainer; heart-health tips from a doctor who smokes a pack a day; or monogamy advice from a polygamist. It just doesn't makes sense. Her own daughter is a hot mess.
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Here is what she had to offer the Bynes family as they try to get Amanda back on track: "Just be around. ... It's hard when your daughter's not, you know, over 18, and you want to let [her] go. And they want to, you know, feel like they're in control of themselves. So it's a very strategic place for a parent to be, but she'll be OK."
Now I will be the first to admit that this counsel isn't actually half bad. But it's not so much the content as whom it is coming from. We've all been there, haven’t we? Some mom whose parenting style you totally don’t like offers up her two cents on what you should be doing! Even if it is good advice, it’s hard to stomach coming from that particular person.
That's not to say Dina doesn't love her kids. I really believe she does. Of course she wants them to be okay, be successful. Has she given them the tools to do that? Not so sure. That family has had some well-publicized bumps. Until Lindsay's troubles are solidly in the past, perhaps she should keep her opinions to herself.
What do you think of Dina's parenting advice?