I have a confession to make. When my daughter was itty-bitty, just a couple of months old- I entered her in a baby contest at a small town fair. She came in second for bluest eyes. It was kind of fun. But that was the end of that.
Recently, I had a conversation with a four year old.
FYO: "Cheryl, do you watch toddlers and tiaras?"
FYO: "Why not?"
me: "well...because it is toddlers... and tiaras."
( I had never heard of this t.v. program.)
me: "What can a toddler do?"
FYO: "Lots of things!"
me: "A toddler can't drive a car.
A toddler can't even ride the merry-go-round by themselves."
Seriously, it was a hilarious conversation!
I have since tuned in ever so briefly to see what the fuss was about.
And, I was going to tell you all about this- but that was before the recent hub-bub which has given me even more fodder.What is this mother thinking? Is this supposed to be a Madonna costume? Why would you put your precious daughter in a get-up like this?
And this costume...she said she made it herself for her daughter. Oh, when my daughter grows up, I want her to be a streetwalker!
And putting your daughter in a C cup padded bra and adding padded hips? WHAT?
Who taught her to pose this way?
Does this child look happy?
And, this one...does she look happy?
I do not understand why anyone would do these things to any toddler. Never mind, their own daughter! Emphasizing appearance and clothes and make-up. I think it is a huge injustice to the little girls. I do not think this is about the little girls as much as this is about the moms, themselves. They are living vicariously through their daughters. I say "get a life." If you want to spend time with your daughters, join Girl Scouts or soccer or choir or let them play an instrument. Show up for them when they have a game or perform. Let them know you care. Get them involved in something that might enrich their lives or help them as they mature. Basing self worth on appearance is only giving them a foundation that will crumble in time. How shallow and sad. What about emphasizing accomplishments such as cognitive skills or physical accomplishments like kicking a goal in soccer or learning how to play the piano or being in choir?
Sick, sick, sick. Sad, sad, sad. And sadder yet is that people are actually tuning in to watch this crap. People, get a book. Get a life.