Thursday, February 10, 2011

Toddlers and Tiaras- Seriously??

Seriously, this show was what brought me out of blogging retirement. To be fair, I have only seen a few partial episodes of this show and it totally fascinated and horrified me. I observed parents, who lived very modestly, drop $5,000 or more on costumes, tanning, nails, dental veneers, elaborate hair pieces/extensions, and pageant coaching. Keep in mind; most of these kids are under the age of 4! I saw some of the little girls stomping their feet, bossing their parents around, and even being bribed to smile. What is so beautiful about that?? What kind of talent or personality competition is that??

As a foster parent, I can be written up if I am observed to have my laundry detergent or kitchen cleaner left out on the counter vs. in a locked cabinet. I have to take hours of training before becoming a foster parent and have to maintain continuing education hours as well. Don’t get me wrong, I am not arguing with the efforts to protect our vulnerable youth, however, I found it strangely insulting that biological parents all over the country can put FAKE hair, eyelashes, and teeth on their toddler, coach them on flirting with the judges, cover them in hair spray and tanning chemicals, and coat their little faces with make-up and proudly boast that their daughter is in the pageant circuit without any child services investigation!

Please tell me that I am not the only one that thinks that a “beauty pageant” for toddlers should include pig-tails, cute pajama category, and Sunday dresses. Otherwise, isn’t just a costume contest??


Tricia said...

I totally agree. I generally like to watch train wrecks, but this is one of the few shows I had to turn off because it physically made me sick to my stomach for all of the above reasons.

Anthony said...

second try: many parents live their failed dreams through their children - both beauty and sports. I've read where girls are entering puberty at a younger and younger age, and have to wonder if this isn't linked to the sexualization of our youth. Devout Catholic that I am, I have often thought we should have a parenting license as a "cure" for such parenting behavior that borders on "abusive."

Dana said...

Sickening and I agree with Anthony about failed dreams of the parents and how they put this undue pressure on their kids so they can live vicariously through them.

Now I do enjoy TLC's My Strangest Addictions & Sister Wives. Kidding. Of course, I know you may be tuning in to Police Women of Cincinnati. ;-)

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