Why are all the moms on “Toddlers and Tiaras” such hot messes? They spend thousands of dollars on their daughters dresses and makeup, but when it comes to their own fashion style, they barely brush their hair. Are they vicariously living through their children?
One pageant mom on TLC, spent $300 on a teeny weeny bathing suit for her five year old daughter. Also, $1100 for a pageant dress. Honey, you’re being ripped off. What do the moms who look like they have spent too much time at the McDonald’s drive thru window hope to gain? Also, are they setting up their kids for disappointment later in life?
According to Dr. Mike Bishop, these type of competitions can create a host of development problems. He says, “Toddler beauty pageants set a superficial expectation about what makes someone beautiful – that beauty is primarily about your pose, your smile, your hair, and the clothes you wear. Self-worth should not be tied to competitions,” Bishop told us. “Toddlers are not old enough to make an informed decision as to whether they should compete. Nor are they able to separate the competition from reality, which can make participation even more damaging to their self-esteem.”
“These shows are so popular because, unfortunately, it seems the damage done to beauty pageant toddlers’ self-esteem often results in demanding and bratty behavior. As a viewer, you want to watch what happens and it’s certainly entertaining,” said Bishop. “But as a parent, you’re mostly glad they aren’t your kids.”
“Toddlers and Tiaras” has stirred controversy since it premiered. Last year, two teenage girls started a Facebook campaign to ban the show, arguing that it sexualizes young children encourages pedophilia. One mom, with her little boy Zander, is obviously pushing him to do something he really doesn’t enjoy. She was mean and nasty when he didn’t do his “routine” right. UGH! AstroChicks agrees, it definitely sends the wrong message and makes you question the parents motivations. It just seems creepy and weird.