Do you think its true?

Leesburg, Georgia
January 31, 2012 6:56pm CST
I was talking with someone I know about child stars. This person said all child stars will eventually turn into drug addicted trouble makers. I know there have been some of those but I dont think ALL children who become stars will get into these things. If they are raised the right way and taught right from wrong I think they would turn out okay. Do you think all child stars will turn into this? Or do you think with correct teaching and discipline they will turn out okay?
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@celticeagle (124572)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Feb 12
Maybe of a certain generation but look at Mickey Roonie and some of the older ones. There are alot of them that have become addicted to something isn't there?
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• Leesburg, Georgia
2 Feb 12
I just don't think every one of them will become this way. If there is love, support and discipline I think they would be fine.
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@celticeagle (124572)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Feb 12
But there doesn't seem to be any now days.
@webearn99 (1743)
• India
1 Feb 12
There are some who get into wrong ways because the fame and adulation goes to their head. They think that they are entitled to do or say anything. For some reason, this seems to be the formula for their future success. And There are some who have their feet firmly on the ground. Aileen Quinn of "Annie the orphan" fame is one of them. She, as I understand is an academic now teaching dance and drama at a US university, in the very same building where the film was shot. This was the career she chose after a very successful stint at Cinema and the Broadway, This is not a success story as far as stardom goes, but a very fulfilling life, which child stars, unfortunately cannot even think of. Being raised right is a major factor I suppose.
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• Leesburg, Georgia
2 Feb 12
That could be it that it goes to their head too much. I know some of them do things and get almost no punishment because they are stars and have plenty of money to get them out of trouble... Yeah I think love, support and discipline are factors with this.
@uath13 (8204)
• United States
1 Feb 12
From what I've seen they've been too busy being stars to get the discipline they need. Try watching one of the "Where are they now?" Shows. Many of the child stars tend to burn out.
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• Leesburg, Georgia
2 Feb 12
I agree. If they had more discipline I think they would handle it better. Also if they have the love and support they need.
@egdcltd (10413)
1 Feb 12
I think "all" is over generalising. Drew Barrymore crashed and burned in a fairly spectacular fashion, but she recovered and a good part of the blame was with her parents. Christina Ricci seemed to turn out okay.
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• Leesburg, Georgia
1 Feb 12
Yeah I agree with you. Not all of them turn out that way. It definitely depends on how they were raised.
@rafiholmes (2896)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 12
probably child stars from the 70s or 80s or even some nineties..like Macauly..who is ..like em..a nobody actor now.. but fior child actors..or mostly actress from the 21st century..are seems to be more ok..and might grow to be actresses..or superstar.. like Chloe Moretz,Dakota Fanning,Saoirse ronan..etc.
• Leesburg, Georgia
2 Feb 12
Well the one I can think of is Lindsay Lohan and she did not turn out too good. But like someone else pointed out her mother acted more like her friend rather than her mother... Which could be a big part of the problem!
• Malaysia
3 Feb 12
yeah..but .lindsay from the 90s
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
1 Feb 12
I can't remember his name but the lad who had the main part in "Sixth Sense?" Well, he's all grown up now but the film he's in isn't that great by all accounts. He has been in other things when he was younger too but I can't remember off-hand. I guess it all depends on the parents. If they're pushy at the start it may affect their child actors later on because they choose to rebel.
• Leesburg, Georgia
2 Feb 12
That's true. And being pushy in my opinion is never a good thing. I think it depends on the parents as well. Children need love, support and guidance no matter what they do in life. Without these of course they will get into wrong things.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
2 Feb 12
@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
11 Feb 12
while we hear about those who do, there are many who don't...
• Leesburg, Georgia
11 Jun 12
I agree. There are some who turn out not so good but there are also some who end up just fine.
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@Kalyni2011 (3497)
• India
5 Feb 12
I don't think all child stars will end up like this, there are so many child stars here in india who became successful adults and famous stars lol. Thanks for this discussion. Best of luck. Happy posting, cheers. Kalyani
• Leesburg, Georgia
5 Feb 12
I don't think they are all like that either. Some are but not all.
@bounce58 (17447)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
As hard it is to raise children, it's even harder when your children turns out to be child stars (I think). Because aside from the normal duties of being a parent, you'd have to emphasize making the children staying grounded, and staying focused. It would be hard as there would be a lot of temptation that would present itself. Now, having said(written) this, I don't think it's impossible for children to get fame and fortune, yet still grounded and not turn out to be addicts.
3 Feb 12
like i said in my comment below.. britney spears - went off the rails. beyonce - grounded and true to herself. both child stars, both from god-fearing southern familys. says it all :)
@AmbiePam (57396)
• United States
2 Feb 12
While several have, the kid who played Mark on Home Improvement being the latest one, there are a lot of good examples. Like Candace Cameron Bure, who was D.J. on Full House, or her brother Kirk who was on Growing Pains. Jodie Foster was a child star and she turned out really well. Professionally as well as personally I guess.
• Leesburg, Georgia
5 Feb 12
Yeah I think it depends on the person and how they were raised. Not all of them turn out bad... It depends how strong the person is too.
• Philippines
2 Feb 12
With any child, the upbringing is only part of what makes them who they are as they mature into adulthood. The other part is up to the child himself if he chooses to be that kind of person. But with childstars, we can't rule out the possibility of being exposed to certain elements that could potentially be harmful for them. At some point though, the child grows up and can choose for himself what is right and wrong.
• Leesburg, Georgia
2 Feb 12
Right, it is not all of the parents fault but with some children they lack the love and discipline from their parents and that is definitely part of the problem. They think because they are rich and famous they can do whatever they feel like doing. How sad... I know some consider 18 grown up but to me that is still a child, some parents just let their children do whatever they want...
@jillhill (37374)
• United States
1 Feb 12
Look at Ron Howard. He was a child star and he has been an upstanding person all his life and has grown into doing other things...I think they need supervision in order to handle the attention etc...and they will turn out just fine!
• Leesburg, Georgia
2 Feb 12
I agree, there are examples I can think of too where they did not turn into this. I just didn't feel like arguing with the person. Lol. I think it all depends on how much love, support and discipline they get.
• United States
1 Feb 12
I don't think all of them turn out bad and go down the wrong path. I mean look at Raven Symone, she's been in the business since she was five and look at how she's turned out. She's a multi-millionaire and has a good head on her shoulders and you never hear anything bad about her in the news. I guess it depends on how they were raised and sometimes the parents need to understand that even though they may be managing their children's career at one point or the other they are still the parents and need to have control of what their children do until they are older. I think that's the problem with stars like Lindsay Lohan who's mother seems more like her friend than her mother at times. But I don't think ALL of these children stars turn out like this.
• Leesburg, Georgia
1 Feb 12
That is a good example, Raven is very smart and has not gotten in much trouble at all. It seems like it does depend how they were raised. Your right about lindsays mother, she seems more like a friend instead of a mother! Never a good thing...
@GardenGerty (130350)
• United States
1 Feb 12
No, I do not think all child stars turn out badly as adults, I do think there are a lot of challenges for them though. I think it depends on if they have something in their upbringing that keeps them balanced.
• Leesburg, Georgia
1 Feb 12
I dont think they all end up badly. I agree, if they were raised right and they have support from family I think they would end up fine.
@tatzkie23 (770)
• Philippines
1 Feb 12
They could be if their parents didn't discipline them from the start. And if as they grow, they only think about being famous and doing all the cool stuff or something maybe they could end up real addicted trouble makers.
• Leesburg, Georgia
1 Feb 12
I agree its about if their parents are there for them and discipline them.
@Mashnn (4503)
1 Feb 12
Becoming a good or a bad boy later on in life depends on how you were brought up nurture and nature) and it is unlikely that, someone who was brought up in a very productive and good environment will turn out to be a bad boy unless if the person is that type to be influenced easily by others.
• Leesburg, Georgia
1 Feb 12
I agree that it depends on how the child is raised. If they have good parents they should be fine later on.
@inertia4 (28218)
• United States
5 Feb 12
No I do not think they all turn out like that. But it does seem like the majority does. The entertainment field is a hdd business for adults, imagine how hard it is for the children. I think what happens is that they become real popular when they are children and young teens, and if their career does not take off as an adult, they cannot handle that. It becomes a way of life for them as they get older.
@millertime (1397)
• United States
4 Feb 12
There are plenty of examples of child stars that have grown up and continued their careers, going on to do great things. The one that comes to my mind first is Ron Howard, but there are many others. For someone to make a blanket statement saying all child stars end up trouble makers doesn't make sense. It all depends on the individual and the parents. One of the things that has a big influence on it though is the level of success that the child actor can achieve as an adult in their field. Many of the child actors that end up in trouble didn't really carry over their acting success into their adult lives. Here again though, not ALL. Some have achieved success in other careers if acting didn't work out once they grew up. Shirley Temple comes to mind. She didn't really make it as an adult actor but she carried on with other things and was very successful. There are a lot of things that influence what kind of person a child will turn into when they grow up. How they are raised has a lot to do with it but ultimately, it's the individuals themselves that are responsible for what they are.
@bnsp09 (258)
• United States
4 Feb 12
I think that with the correct teaching they will be just fine. I know that I am very strict with my kids but.... I don't ever have a complaint about them behaving badly except for family who spoil them rotten & then complain about their behavior. Well..... News flash they are the ones who made them that way!