Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Madonna's Daughter Smoking: Photo Sparks Parenting Discussion (+Video)

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Madonna's Daughter Smoking: Photo Sparks Parenting Discussion (+Video)

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Madonna's daughter smoking? Admitting she's not "tough enough" on her 15-year-old Lourdes, the superstar talks bout parenting strategies as a single mother of four.

In a snapshot that quickly made the tabloids, Madonna's daughter, 15-year-old Lourdes Leon Ciccone, is scene smoking a cigarette with friends on a Manhattan street. The singer's eldest daughter, a LaGuardia High School sophomore, made headlines in The New York Daily News, under the headline, "Oh Lordy, Lourdes!"

Beside being the latest tabloid dish, the story does make parents - in a society turning swiftly away from tobacco because of its health effects - wonder what to say to their own kids about smoking.

Madonna, herself, Madonna admitted she perhaps was not as tough as she should be on her wayward teenager. Asked about the photo during an interview with Harry Smith on NBC's "Rock Center," that aired April 18, the superstar singer, who's "MDNA" was recently released, a candid Madonna said that juggling the responsibilities of her career and being a single mom of four could be a challenge. Raising a family in the glare of the constant spotlight is "pretty challenging," she said, but she added, "so far, I've survived with sanity and humor intact."

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When Lourdes was 13, Madonna talked to Teen Vogue about allowing her daughter to wear makeup to "special events." The famously uninhibited singer said her daughter's always had a style sense that bordered on the edgy, leading to discussions about hem length and cleavage.

But Madonna, who despite the appearance of cigarettes in her newest music video claimed she does not smoke herself, said Lourdes' latest accessory crossed a line.

"[I] wasn't very happy," she said. "But honestly, I don't think I'm as tough as I should be. I think I need to be maybe tougher. It's hard -- every day is a negotiation. But cigarette smoking I'm not very fond of -- for anyone."

The Mayo Clinic is less blase on the subject. Its website offers parents suggestions if their teen or tween is found to be smoking. …

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