Us magazine reports:
Everyone knows that Suri Cruise, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ adorable little daughter, leads a charmed existence but her upbringing as a Scientologist remains largely a mystery. How does the religion started by L. Ron Hubbard influence Suri’s life on a daily basis?
Us Weekly has learned that while Suri — who as a baby was fed a mixture of barley water, milk and corn syrup which Hubbard advocated instead of formula and breast milk — is too young to take classes at the Scientology Centre, the 18-month-old is constantly surrounded by believers, including her two nannies.
“Tom doesn’t like associating with people who aren’t Scientologists,” says an insider.
Additionally, Holmes, 29, and Cruise, 45, have a hard time saying no to Suri. But it’s not simply because they’re pushovers.
“It’s all about being positive and supportive,” says the couple’s friend (Hubbard advised parents to “try to be the child’s friend.”) As for discipline, one former church member tells Us that Scientologists do not scold their children, but instead explain that bad behavior (like throwing a toy) is the “wrong action.” (A Scientology rep tells Us, “How a parent disciplines their child is left up to the parent.”)
Cruise and Holmes, says their pal, are very lenient and do not like to give Suri too many rules: “Suri pretty much does whatever she wants, whenever she wants. If she fusses before bed, they let her stay up later. If they want her to go swimming and she cries, they’ll take her out. If she whines about food, they’ll ask her what else she wants to eat. They always want to please her.”
In other words, they’re typical parents.
Well, the mixture Suri was given instead of breast milk or formula sounds simply BIZARRE, not to mention wrong, but I can totally sympathize with the discipine issue. Discipline is so hard to do….my daughter, who is three, just will not listen to me. I don’t mind when it is something small, but it freaks me out when it is a safety issue. The other day she just ran out of the house and started to head off to visit some neighbor children that she loves. Well…it is exasperating. I don’t believe in any form of physical punishment, and I’ve bought all he books…even The Discipline Book. That was useless! It just advocated all the same things I had been trying….redirecting, and being gentle, supportive, and positive! Oh well! I think that a lot of parents struggle with how to discipline their children these days.