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Suri Cruise's twisted world

Life & Style Weekly

Father usually knows best -- but not in this case, in-laws believe. Life & Style has learned that Katie Holmes' Midwestern parents are concerned about the effects that Tom Cruise's religion, Scientology, are having on their 4-year-old granddaughter, Suri.

Scientologists treat kids like adults, "independent individuals capable of making their own decisions," Scientology expert Rick Ross tells Life & Style.

After seeing a tired Suri out for 1 a.m. dinners, playing with penis-shaped candies and still being allowed to use a pacifier, Martin and Kathleen Holmes, "are really upset," an insider tells Life & Style, with the lack of boundaries Tom and Katie are setting for their little daughter. "They're very worried that Tom isn't letting Suri enjoy the childhood she deserves because of his Scientology beliefs."

The practice has already taken a toll on poor Suri, says a second insider. "She often throws temper tantrums when she's out with Katie and Tom," the insider says. An eyewitness tells Life & Style that during a late-night trip to Serendipity in NYC on March 15, Katie and a nanny couldn't get Suri into her car seat. "As always, Suri won and didn't have to sit in her car seat," says the witness.

While experts disagree about many aspects of child-rearing, they're unanimous on one thing: Parents should never give in to a child when it comes to car seats. According to New York state law, children Suri's age must use a booster seat at minimum.

"Kids are not little adults," child psychologist Vicki Panaccione tells Life & Style. "Their reasoning abilities, nervous systems, decision-making processes and moral judgment are just not up to adult development."

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