Rich ‘Shopoholic’ Screenwriter on How She “Tamed” Her Spoiled Daughter
East Side mom Tracey Jackson’s new documentary shows how she tried to reform her over-indulged “monster” of a teenage daughter.
-April Daniels Hussar
“Everything changed for me the day I found thousands of dollars worth of clothing on my 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom floor.”
So starts Tracey Jackson’s essay in the New York Post today, in which she details her attempts to un-spoil her daughter by taking her to India for some lessons in life outside the privileged bubble of the Upper East Side. While Jackson and her daughter Taylor Templeton visited the “slums” of India, they filmed a documentary called Lucky Ducks.
The essay is quite a read – here are a few of the highlights:
· “I went around her room with a calculator, adding up how much every piece of clothing cost. The total came to $12,018.”
· “I first knew there was going to be trouble ahead at Taylor’s 13th birthday party. I gave her a party at the Soho House.”
· “We have an account at the diner, Three Guys, on Madison Avenue, around the corner from where we lived, but Taylor wasn’t allowed to charge anything. Still, she would constantly do it — at the end of the month, I would open a bill for $1,000, from Taylor buying her friends breakfast and lunch.”
· “I can’t tell you how many 16- or 17-year-old boys go down to clubs, buy $3,000 tables with $1,000 bottles of booze, and then, of course, because they’ve spent money, the clubs let their friends come in.”
There’s plenty more where that came from – and then also a description of their three-week trip to India and the ensuing lessons Taylor learned by eating gruel and feeling “stinky.” I can’t wait to see the movie. (New York Post)