It's hard enough to stay out of the tabloids as a celebrity, but when you're following something like Scientology it seems darn near impossible. Gossip columns are reporting this week about how Tom and Katie Cruise are raising their daughter Suri.
The first point of contention is that Tom and Katie are uncomfortable with Suri playing with non-Scientologist children. This really makes them no different than fundamental believers of other religions who fear their child will be harmed by alternative ideas and behavior contrary to their own beliefs and lifestyle.
The rest of the article reads, to me, of someone who thinks the Cruises are naive about child rearing. For example, "They don't say no to her as they believe that she will understand better what she did wrong if they just explain it to her."
Well, lots of people believe children learn better if they have things explained to them (on their level). As for saying no, that is indeed according to Scientology recommendations. That's not to say they spoil or neglect her. Scientology holds that it is the parents' responsibility to keep children in a safe place. Instead of saying "Don't touch that," the parent should have moved the forbidden object out of reach.
Scientology stresses the desire of the soul to discover its true potential. It is therefore logical for Scientologist parents to encourage exploration and limit the number of imposed boundaries, particularly if the boundaries appear arbitrary to the child. This isn't the same as not creating boundaries, however.