Dimelo: Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance is Shocking to You? Really?

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We're looking at our kids, the ones who are old enough to have been following her career long enough for us to tell them that after last night, they wouldn't be any more. And we're more than uncomfortable because Present Day Miley is such a far cry from Disney Miley that it's an instant reminder of our limitations as parents, because I'm pretty sure Billy Ray wasn't imagining his little girl getting raunchy with teddy bears when he bought her first one for her as a baby.

And that's the point. Miley Cyrus has outgrown us and our kids. In an industry where only a few survive the transition from child star to adult artist, Miley just reminded us all that she knows exactly what she's doing. Whether or not she is successful in the long-term remains to be seen.

Pauline Campos is Latina Magazine's #DIMELO love, advice, & relationship columnist. Send her a question here. Connect with her on her blog, www.aspiringmama.com and follow her on twitter: @pauline_campos.

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