I want to agree with the statement that each case is independent of its owner.
I was very talkative in high school, however it was because my day started at 5:30 and by the time 1st hour rolled around I was in the full swing of my day. My brother, on the other hand could not concentrate long enough to sharpen his pencil. The ritalin that was prescribed for him gave him the ability to focus on his studies and the situations that he was in.
Please don't think that I am saying if you or your children cannot focus stick them on drugs. That is not what I am saying at all! My parents, both teachers I might add, worked with his teachers and used the drugs as a last resort. This began while my brother was in 1st grade. By 9th grade he had learned to focus and control himself in situations where it was required that he was removed from the medication and has not been on it since. He is currently in his mid 20s.
Again, I believe that each situation is unique and should be viewed that way by responsible parents and/or guardians.
In regards to Tom Cruise:
This is, luckily, a country where we are free to speak our minds both publicly and privately. Mr. Cruise is entitled to his opinion and is entitled to stating his opinion publicly. He is also one of a select few that the world pays attention to. I respect that he is passionate about his religion and his love for Ms. Holmes.
I think that respecting other people's opinions is also important. Now I have never met either Tom Cruise or Matt Lauer, but Mr. Lauer is no slouch. I would think that he is pretty well informed about the world around him.
If Tom Cruise wants to state his opinion that is fine, but respect other opinions as well. I know that if I was interviewed by Matt Lauer and I, (being the non-famous person I am, acted the way that Tom Cruise acted I would be ridiculed too.
So I guess it is only fitting what he is getting in return.
With Regards to Katie Holmes and the squirting accident:
He can do whatever he wants with whoever he wants as far as I am concerned.
And to a certain degree I agree with him concerning being squirted, it could have been acid or something as potentially harmful. However, sueing to make a point is childish.
SO, (and sorry this is so long) Respect other people's opinion and don't act like a dingdong if you don't agree, and also be involved with your child in all aspects of their lives so that you are making an informed, involved decision if you are pressed to do so.