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  1. #1
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    Toddlers in Tiaras

    My daughter Aela is beautiful! not to brag, but she is. People tell me all the time that she should enter pageants like the little girls in the TLC show Toddlers in Tiaras. I considered this, seeing as Aela loves to model for people and she was a baby model for magazines and diaper adds and things, but my husband says a firm no. He believes that pageant mom's are crazy ( not all of them are) and that Aela will be forced to grow up before her time. I believe if i entered her in to a pageant i would not go overboard and she would not be allowed to do, say, act or wear some of the same things as the little girls in the show. What are your thoughts on this? Pageants of no pageants?


    ADDED NOTE: All of my girls who have wanted to do pageants have done some sort of natural pageant in their past. I do not EVER let my girls wear make up until they are 13 years old so i would NEVER put Aela in make-up! EVER! The pageant i'm looking into is a natural pageant that focus more on talent and personality and clothes than they do searching for 'the next pretty face' if wasn't this, i would not even think about putting my baby in it! We train our children in the way they should grow and make sure they are respectful, kind, loving and gracious young men and women and would never teach them that they must be the most beautiful.
    Last edited by kenzi; March 8th, 2012 at 03:38 PM.

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    I wouldn't do it. Even if you are not a typical "pageant mom" she will be surrounded by them. Plus, what kind of message will your little girl get growing up being judged on her looks?

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    I agree with poptart. I think parading a little girl around while she shows off to a crowd of people is disgusting. She has to act like a little adult and wear make up and that just not right. They aren't dolls to be dressed up and parade around to be judged on their looks. All it does is send a message to all those little girls that the only way to be good enough is to be the prettiest one. Besides, even if you weren't that type of mom, all the other moms are still there being vicious to their little girls. What if the wrong type of person is there in the crowd? There have been plenty of pageant children who have been kidnapped by pedophiles.

    I wouldn't ever do that. If my daughter wanted to be in a pageant when she was older, like a teenager, I might let her, but not as a young child.
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  4. #7
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    Because I am this kind of person I would make a list. I would list all the things I can think of about pageants and whether or not they fit with your family values. I would look at the pros and cons and then go through them one by one. Are there ways to offset the cons enough to neutralise them? Would this satisfy your husband? Then I would look at the pros and see if there is another way to achieve them.

    For example Con - Time to compete, solution limit to 3 per year. Pro - Stage skills, alternate option community drama group.

    Then I would weigh the whole lot up. Your hubby's discomfort would be a big red flag for me.

  5. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by dantea View Post
    I agree with poptart. I think parading a little girl around while she shows off to a crowd of people is disgusting. She has to act like a little adult and wear make up and that just not right. They aren't dolls to be dressed up and parade around to be judged on their looks. All it does is send a message to all those little girls that the only way to be good enough is to be the prettiest one. Besides, even if you weren't that type of mom, all the other moms are still there being vicious to their little girls. What if the wrong type of person is there in the crowd? There have been plenty of pageant children who have been kidnapped by pedophiles.

    I wouldn't ever do that. If my daughter wanted to be in a pageant when she was older, like a teenager, I might let her, but not as a young child.
    I think Dantea summed it up perfectly. Plus, why would you put only one daughter into them? Why not all of them? What kind of message is that sending your kids? "I think Aela is the most beautiful, so I'll put her in pageants.".
    It wouldn't be very good for your other kids self esteem, if you only allow one daughter to compete.
    I completely disagree with everything pageants promote and I definitely wouldn't allow my own daughters do them.
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