Mommy's Crying: A Look at Britney Spears' Meltdowns and Their Impact on Sean Preston, Jayden James

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After imploding on the MTV Video Music Awards, being dumped by her manager (Jeff Kwatinetz) and lawyer (Laura Wasser), and being forced into counseling in order to keep custody of her sons, Britney Spears is facing her darkest days.

Unfortunately, her problems aren't just affecting the 25-year-old pop star, reports Us Weekly in its cover story - they're having a negative impact on her two children, Jayden James Federline, 1, and Sean Preston Federline, 2.

"Dealing with the children after they come back from Britney's is really hard on Kevin," says a source close to Kevin Federline. "Sometimes it takes three days to get them back on any type of schedule."

Mommy is Crying

And it turns out Britney Spears' friends and family aren't the only ones who have expressed great concern over the singer's (disturbing lack of) parenting skills.

In a closed hearing on September 18, the L.A. Superior Court issued a list of rules Britney Spears must follow to maintain shared custody of her children.

These stipulations include meeting with a parenting coach for a minimum of eight hours a week, and having supervised sessions with counselors and her children.

Yet at least one family source actually tries to defend Britney Spears, saying a lack of education is to blame for her recent problems.

"She loves her children so much, but she's never been taught how to properly take care of them," said the source, claiming a maternal bond seems to be missing. "She looks lifeless. It's like she doesn't understand the impact of being a mother."

Boy. Thank goodness The Hollywood Gossip staff writers all went to college and took classes to learn that partying every night is not the way to be a good mom.

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Britney Spears Biography

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Kentwood, Louisiana
Full Name
Britney Jean Spears

Britney Spears Quotes

I miss it here so much! I love it so much! It makes me it's kinda like bittersweet coming here because I used to live here for two years. And when I come here, it's like, man, I wish I had my apartment here still.

Britney Spears [on New York City]

MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs?

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