Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Toddlers & Tiaras

Be forewarned, I am ranting today. So, there is a show that comes on after the Duggars' called Toddlers & Tiaras. I watched it the other day out of curiosity. My faith in mankind has now been diminished exponentially. How anyone, especially the mother of a small child whose purpose on earth is to protect, nurture, and develop that child could think that forcing (and I mean forcing) her child to participate in one of these awful pageants is beyond me. The episode I watched had children as young as 2 months wearing full make-up. What is wrong with these people! I watched a woman spray tan her 4-year-old child who was crying the whole time because she did not want it. The same child than had full make-up applied including fake eyelashes, fake hair, the above mentioned fake tan, fake teeth, and a $3000 dress. The moms the show interviewed actually tried to claim that part of the reason they did pageants is for their children to win money for college. If the top prize in a pageant is $2500, which is apparently about the average, and you spend $5000 on clothing and such, I'm pretty sure you are not going to come out ahead. I am in utter disbelief at what I saw. This should be considered child abuse, and these people should be arrested. There is no telling what kind of damage they are doing emotionally to these children teaching them that how they look is the most important thing in their lives. These pageants even have swimsuit competitions, for 2 year olds! That is just sick! Anyway, it made me very angry watching. These poor children are crying saying they are hungry, tired, they don't want to do it, and some of them were even sick. If you haven't seen the show, watch it. Trust me, it will make you feel like a better mom. By the way, I am not talking about the little pageants they do at the local fair or Walmart where you can win diapers or a little cash. I have no problem with people doing that at all. What I have a problem with is trying to turn babies into miniature prostitute look-a-likes. Sorry, I just had to vent!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Birthday Boy!

Luke turned 4 on Saturday. I just cannot believe he is 4! We had a Transformers party and had a great time.