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Why The Spotlight On Celebrity Children Can Effect Their Self-Esteem

Being the child of a celebrity is not the easiest way to grow up. With the cameras, lights and action also comes the expectations of living up to their parents recognition and fame. This can be destructive for a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Growing up in a family with an A-Lister celebrity like Whitney Huston is no easy task. We can see how this has affected Bobbi Kristina Brown’s life. Her mother was the ultimate diva of the music world.

It appears that Bobbi Kristina idolized her famous mother. Who wouldn’t? Our parents are supposed to be our best role models and it appears that Houston was for Bobbi Kristina until she began to become involved in drugs. No child or teen knows how to cope with these situations when their parents are going through addiction. When their parent’s addiction and downfall is publicized in the way Houston’s was, it is much more difficult for their children to cope with their feelings.

CNN reported last week that “Bobbi Kristina, 21, was found face down in a bathtub full of water in her Atlanta area home on January 31. She was “unresponsive, meaning not breathing, no heartbeat,” a Roswell police spokeswoman said at the time. She is now fighting for her life. As of yesterday, CNN also reported that ”Investigators are focusing on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, as they try to determine how she ended up face down in a tub of water” a source with knowledge of the case told CNN.

As of today we still do not know what may have caused Bobbi Kristina to be found in that tub. One can speculate that it was due to her mother’s death or her inability to grieve the loss of her mother. Before we judge, let’s see what the facts ultimately reveal. The bottom line is that growing up in the spotlight of a celebrity parent is no easy task for any child.

Dr. Sue Cornbluth is a nationally recognized parenting expert in high conflict parenting situations. She is a regular mental health contributor for an array of networks and television shows such as NBC, FOX and CBS. Dr. Sue has also contributed to several national publications. Her new best-selling book,Building Self Esteem in Children and Teens Who Are Adopted or Fostered is available now. To find out more about her work, please visit Dr. Sue’s website.

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