Clicking through the channels one day brought me to a horror show…something to do with toddlers and tiaras…oh…my…word!!! Unbelievable! I’m not talking about these little county fair pageants where you put your baby in a frilly little outfit and take them on stage…I’m talking beauty pageants where the little girls are wearing all kinds of make up, their hair is done by a stylist, they’ve gotten manicures and pedicures, and they’re wearing sexy clothes more befitting a young twenty-something…twenty years, not twenty months.
Honestly, I just sat there with my mouth wide open, unable to utter a word, my head shaking back and forth in denial. What are these mothers thinking? What are they teaching their precious baby girls, that the way to succeed is to use your body? That how you look is more important than who you are?
I’m all for dancing, I think it’s great exercise and a wonderful stress reliever, but these tiny little girls were dancing in a manner more appropriate for an adult night club…and even then, most of us wouldn’t want our daughters to dance like that in any situation.
These were baby girls made up to look adult, sultry, sexy…things they shouldn’t have the first thought about at that young age. The thing I came away with was that most of the mothers seemed to be living through their daughters…almost like they had always had this dream for themselves, the dream of being a beauty queen…but had “settled” for living vicariously through their little girls…a sad situation for everyone.
Oh, and one thing I almost forgot to mention, most of those little girls were…how shall I put this? Hmm…brats…loud, whiny, spoiled little brats…when you instill that kind of behavior in your daughter, you’re not doing her any favors. They won’t develop true friendships, people won’t want to have anything to do with them, and they’ll have a skewed view of life.
Come on, people…let your kids be kids…don’t force them to live your dreams.
- Toddlers & Tiaras SHOULD NOT MIX (lifesableep.wordpress.com)
- Let Me Be a Child: Reasons Against Child Beauty Pageants (brighthub.com)
- The scariest show on TV…. (candybarbie.com)