The Girl Next Door
Suri's Upbringing: Scientology Means
Tom And Katie Don't Say 'No'
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 Suris life on a daily basis?
Us Weekly has learned that while Suri -- who as a baby was breastfed and nursed on a mixture of barley water, milk and corn syrup which Hubbard advocated as being healthier than 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 doesnt like associating with people who arent Scientologists, says an insider.
Additionally, Holmes, 28, and Cruise, 45, have a hard time saying no to Suri. But its not simply because theyre pushovers.
Its all about being positive and supportive, says the couples friend (Hubbard advised parents to try to be the childs 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, theyll take her out. If she whines about food, theyll ask her what else she wants to eat. They always want to please her.
In other words, theyre typical parents.
For more details on Suris charmed life, check out the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands this week.
Check out our slideshows of Suri's first year as well as pics of her summer adventures overseas.