Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a TV sensation hotter than Atlanta in August, and its star, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, is a redneckognizable face who’s now getting requests for public appearances. (And you know you’ve made it big when South Park and SNL do parodies of you.)
Being a child celebrity is a fun and heady experience – the attention! the perks! the money! – but it can also be confusing and even dangerous when you don’t know how to handle the burdens of fame. We’d sure hate to see this funny, outgoing girl become another Lindsay Lohan.
So we have a few friendly words of advice for young Alana that we hope will help her stay grounded both now and in the future, when her show is mere TV history.
Hope you’re listening, Honey Boo Boo child!
Do your hometown proud 1 of 9A true Southern girl is proud of her roots, and one of the things people like about your show is seeing the small-town life you enjoy in McIntyre, Georgia. Be a credit to your town by doing well in school, showing Georgia pride and by not becoming a snobby too-big-for-her-britches star.
From the Huffington Post: What McIntyre residents think of the show.
Don’t let Kris Jenner manage your career 2 of 9Kris Jenner has reportedly had a change of heart. She once thought your mom was "classless" for letting her family be filmed, but now rumor has it she wants to become your manager and help you and your folks become superstars. If that's true - run fast, run far. A little time in the spotlight is fun, but you don't want to spend your entire childhood going on tours and hawking lookalike dolls. Besides, the world doesn't really need "Honey Boo Boo Takes New York."
Listen to your mama 3 of 9"Mama" June Shannon may not be the most beautimous person on the planet, but she's a good-hearted, open-minded and loving person who wants the best for her family. She's teaching you lessons in thrift, and she cheers louder than anyone when you're on stage. So you be a good girl and give your mama the respect she deserves.
From Babble Famecrawler: Why Mama June is a good mother.
Learn from your fellow reality stars 4 of 9Okay, you don't have to be exactly like the Duggars (shown here), with their strict dress code and sheltered lifestyle. But the children are polite, responsible and charity-oriented - valuable qualities in any child. (A little less burping would be nice, too.)
From Babble Famecrawler: How Michelle Duggar teaches character lessons.
Keep doing pageants – but only as long as it’s fun for you 5 of 9You first came to national attention as a beauty-pageant contestant on "Toddlers & Tiaras," and you're still a competitor. But if the preparation and pressure are getting to be too much, you open that sweet mouth of yours and tell Mama June that you want to give up the glitz. There are plenty of other things you can do - like fishing, mud bogging or just playing tag with your friends.
From RadarOnline: See more of Alana's pageant style.
Stay close to home – and your bodyguard 6 of 9Unfortunately, fame has its downside - a fact you're starting to learn. Reports say that your school has received kidnapping threats, and you now have a bodyguard by your side everywhere you go. It may not be fun being monitored 24/7, but it's for your own safety. Don't go wandering off.
From HollywoodLife: Read more about Alana's bodyguard.
Don’t lose your sense of style 7 of 9At a young age, your fashion sense is already starting to show. You even wore these silver heels to visit your dad, Sugar Bear, in the hospital. And those glitz pageant outfits? Precious. Keep wearing what works for you - but remember what your mom says about skimpy tops and "vajiggle jaggle."
From Babble KidScoop: Do children have a "style gene"?
Make good choices 8 of 9You're only 7 now, but it won't be long before you're as old as your teen stepsisters. You'll be faced with a lot of decisions and temptations, so keep a level head on your shoulders and think before you act. Chickadee is a teen mom, and so was Bristol Palin (seen here). But you don't necessarily have to follow in their footsteps.
From ABC: Bristol Palin talks teen pregnancy.
Get a new house – but not like this one 9 of 9Your home is getting too small for your growing family - and the noise from the railroad next door has to be annoying. Rosie O'Donnell has offered to buy you a new house, so maybe you and your mom should take her up on it. Don't go overboard, though. You don't need a mansion - just something a little more spacious, so you can have a nice bedroom - and Mama June can have a storage room for her bargain buys.
From Babble Famecrawler: Here's what Rosie has to say about Alana.
[Photos: via TLC, PacificCoastNews.com]
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