Anytime I’ve seen a special on TV depicting what goes on during the preparation phase for a toddler pageant, I often wonder, at what point will these parents be forced to have an interview with child services?

I love when a parent says,”My daughter loves doing pageants” and the camera cuts to the child who is screaming, as they tease her hair or she has to stand there while someone sprays her like an old car getting a fresh new paint job so the car owner will love it again.

How ignorant does a parent have to be to spend 100K on pageants, yet has nothing saved for their daughters’ education! What promises are made and/or threats to get the child to hold her little head up while rollers, the size of huge tomato sauce cans, are fastened to her head? What goes on at home when they lose?

Until a child is old enough to seek out pageants on their own, walk up to their caregiver and state: “I would love to enter a pageant, be spray painted, parade around looking like an over made up adult, and spend countless hours practicing my walk and fake smile”, there shouldn’t be any competitions.

I don’t believe for one minute these girls rather have their overly aggressive mothers yelling at them and pushing them to compete, over playing with another child and just being a CHILD!!!



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