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Entertainers should think of other people’s children

Madonna, of all people, is a strict parent.

Or at least that's what she told a British magazine, Harpers & Queen, in an interview described last week in London's Evening Standard.

The Material Girl, well known for suggestive outfits and outrageous behavior when she was younger, is now 47 and the mother of Rocco, 4, and Lola, 9. She and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, live with them in London.

"My kids don't watch TV," said Madonna. Maybe she's worried that they'll see some of her old movies or concerts, but she has a more general indictment of the media.

"TV is trash. I was raised without it. We don't have magazines or newspapers in the house either."

The only thing her children watch on TV, she said, is movies — and they can forfeit that right by being "naughty." This can also cost them bedtime stories.

Madonna describes her husband as the "good cop" and herself as the "bad cop" in the children's eyes. She's the disciplinarian.

"My daughter has a problem picking things up in her room, so if you leave your clothes on the floor, they're gone when you come home." Lola must "earn all her clothes back by being tidy, making her bed, hanging up her clothes."

If all this is true, Madonna is doing a lot of things right as a parent. We commend her.

We just wish that she, and a lot of other people in the entertainment industry, would try to think like parents when they're making decisions about programming that young people will see and hear.

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