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Would You Ever Put Your Toddler in a Tiara?


from   http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/toddlers-tiaras/about-toddlers-and-tiaras.html  :
 
"On any given weekend, on stages across the country, little girls and boys parade around wearing makeup, false eyelashes, spray tans and fake hair to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes. Toddlers and Tiaras follows families on their quest for sparkly crowns, big titles, and lots of cash.
 
The preparation is intense as it gets down to the final week before the pageant. From hair and nail appointments, to finishing touches on gowns and suits, to numerous coaching sessions or rehearsals, each child preps for their performance. But once at the pageant, it's all up to the judges and drama ensues when every parent wants to prove that their child is beautiful."
 
from  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=43981#ixzz0fur6Czqc  :
 
"About a dozen Facebook pages have popped up asking TLC to kill the show; the largest of these, "Help Ban the TLC Show 'Toddlers and Tiaras' " has over 5,000 members. The page's description reads: "These girls are scantily clad, painted up like dolls, making them look too mature for their age. These children are being exploited by these pageants and by the show. This show is promoting pedophilia, and is very much sexualizing these children." "

There is little to no praise for this show. Lillsugar had mentioned toddlers in tiaras a few times before, but there's never been a poll.  Would you ever put your toddler in a tiara?

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mikiismum mikiismum 3 years 42 weeks
I would NEVER put my daughter in a high glitz pagent like the ones on TLC, but if its a local pagent and she can wear clothes she already has, and be dressed in her sunday best, then whats the harm really? she'd only be playing dress up, and getting to act like a princess infront of people for a little while. I mean, theres no harm in that, is there?
cupcakedreams cupcakedreams 4 years 27 weeks
yeah! Fake airbrushed tans and fake teeth! When i was in dance competitions, we put vaseline on our teeth and lips, so when we'd smile our teeth would be white and the smile would last longer!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years 27 weeks
My prom dress was $100 and I got it at Sears... I'm glad to see no one voted yes! Inlove I didn't know that about the teeth... those poor girls.
inlove23 inlove23 4 years 27 weeks
My prom dress wasn't even 2000 dollars! It wasn't even close to a 1000! I think the children are missing out on childhood. The kids don't even have real teeth, they get a fake set made to wear over top their real ones to make them have the pearly whites shown on tv.
cupcakedreams cupcakedreams 4 years 29 weeks
A lot of those outfits too cost SO much money!!! I watched an episode where a mother spent $2,000 on her daughter's final gown!!! Some women pay $2,000 for their wedding dress! That's insane to me! A lot of them go WAY overboard with it. I feel like a lot of these parents are living vicariously through their daughters and fulfilling some sort of void they have when they were younger.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years 30 weeks
She is dressed too old. A girl that young should not be wearing eyeliner and flashing thigh. The pageant I was talking about for the 10 year old didn't have a swimsuit competition. The girls wore knee length (or longer) dresses for both the talent part and the question and answer part.
lauren lauren 4 years 30 weeks
I remember playing dress up with a bunch of clothes my grandmother had and it was a blast! All of the fun with none of the stress. I think these sorts of competitions are way too much stress for a young kid! Betty, I think maybe your friend's little girl was in it for the right reason and at 10 years old, I think it okay! It just when they are so young and dress so OLD!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 4 years 30 weeks
I guess I should answer my own question. I voted 'When she's old enough to decide for herself, I might.' I had a best friend who did fair pageants from age 10 and up, and she loved it. There was no cash involved; she got to sing The Star Spangled Banner and walk around the fair with a sash on. Even then, the moms were competitive. Some of them tried to get her disqualified because the school she went to was in a different county. "I just feel like these little girls would be just as happy to play dress up" Lauren, I agree. Sometimes I paint my girl's toenails and put glitter in her hair and take her out somewhere nice, and she's got a box of gaudy sequined play-clothes to wear at home, and she's perfectly happy with that.
lauren lauren 4 years 30 weeks
I have to say never! I think for kids there is only a limited amount of time to be a child and feel like while these little girls might (I emphasis might) want to participate, their parents shouldn't let it go this far! Let them play dress up at home with their friends! If they decide they want to become a show girl let them make this decision as an adult! I just feel like these little girls would be just as happy to play dress up and not have to do all of those crazy things like fake eyelashes, makeup, Vaseline on their baby teeth!