It’s difficult to blame once-sexy pop icon Britney Spears for the latest baby blunder, when a nanny dropped Spears’ infant on his head.
But on another occasion in which Spears was clearly at fault, she blamed it on the hazards of celebrity – her excuse for driving around in her car with her then 4-month-old son sitting unsecured on her lap? A horrifying encounter with the paparazzi.
Britney was just trying to save her son from being exposed to that seedy Hollywood photographer type. Perfectly understandable.
But Spears’ situation shows that all of the money and fame in the world can’t buy class or common sense; a fender-bender in that position could have snapped her baby’s fragile neck, or smashed his head between his mother’s belly and the steering wheel.
It could be that Spears, like other 24-year-olds, just hasn’t yet developed a sense of responsibility for another human being. And it’s possible she never will.
While Spears is a pulpy pop icon, she is representative of a larger problem. We’ve seen poor parents who take great care of their children while struggling to stay afloat financially.
And in Spears and backup-dancer husband Kevin Federline, we see a rich couple that takes its parenthood about as seriously as the tabloids do.
Being a parent might mean taking courses and plotting out a course before deciding if you want to have a child in the first place.
Parenthood isn’t glamorous. In case you haven’t guessed, the movies leave out a lot of stuff. By all accounts parenting is dirty, frustrating work and a general inconvenience that entails giving up a lot of things you might enjoy. But, as our Britney and others like her need to know, parenthood is not about you.
Parenthood is about someone else.