What Lindsay Lohan Can Teach Us About Fatherhood

Lindsay LohanActress Lindsay Lohan isn’t anyone’s idea of a role model.

The actress found early fame in films like “Freaky Friday” and“Mean Girls” before her off-screen antics derailed her career.  Her very public fall from grace may make for irresistible, and sad, headlines, but there’s something fathers can learn from her troubled life.

  • Beauty ‘Tis Skin Deep: Lohan broke into Hollywood as a teen, but she grew into a fresh-faced stunner with a limitless future. Lohan didn’t trust her blessed DNA and apparently sought a medical tweak or two given the physical evidence of recent Lohan photographs. Your children should understand appearance isn’t critical, and whatever physical flaws they have are nothing compared to their heart, grit and decency.
  • Talent Isn’t Everything: The young actress proved in multiple projects, especially “Mean Girls,” that she was far more than just a pretty face. She could tap into a budding adult’s confusion without sacrificing that inner strength that made us cheer her on. Casting directors know she still possesses those gifts, but the baggage she brings to a project makes hiring her a sizable risk. Teach your children that talent can only take them so far.  As a freelance writer I routinely scored points with editors by being reliable, easy to reach and faithful to deadlines. Turns out that set me apart from my peers.
  • You’re a Parent, Not a Best Friend: Dina Lohan looks young enough to be Lindsay Lohan’s sassy older sister. The sense we got from the elder Lohan’s reality show “Living Lohan” was that she liked that role far too much. Parents need to be there for their children, but not in the manner of a buddy or lifelong pal. Set ground rules and understand there will be days when your children shoot you daggers and spit out the obligatory, “I hate you!”
  • It’s Never Too Late: Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, recently appeared on “The Adam and Dr. Drew Show” to talk addiction. The senior Lohan is an alcoholic, and he joined the podcast discussion to thank Dr. Drew Pinsky for helping him stay sober. Entertainment consumers have read plenty about Michael Lohan through the years, much of it stemming from his copious legal woes. On this occasion he sounded serious, reflective and, most of all, heartbroken over his daughter’s struggles. In short, he sounded like a father, someone who could truly offer his daughter a much-needed hand. This isn’t to say he was a model father by any stretch of the imagination, but he could be a positive factor in his daughter’s life now if she cared to listen.

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