Okay so I admit that occasionally watch an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras - I am a bit fascinated. I could care less about the real housewives of whatever city because I hate the drama of adult women as there is too much in my life anyway. But there is something about these kids and parents that I find intriguing. Unfortunately it does not usually leave me with a positive impression of either one.
Some people have a big problem with pageants, and I can see their points. The sexualization of prepubescent girls is an big issue, and some of the dance moves and outfits seem wrong to me. (Fishnets on a 3 year old . . .come on!) And the money that goes into these for coaching, outfits, makeup, tanning and hairdressers is impressive, and sometimes appears to take priority over other things. But when it comes to childrearing, I kind of believe "to each his own". These parents are intimately involved with their child and spend a lot of time with them doing all the above activities. And some of these kids learn about practice and working towards a goal and good sportsmanship so it can't all be bad.
However, I think it is safe to say that I don't think I will be a pageant mom. I can't see myself plucking my 4 year olds eyebrows and I just don't see myself emphasizing what my child looks like on the outside. Yes I know that its a superficial world and she will have to deal with it at some point, I just want her to have some time before she has to think about what she looks like. Although I do admit that I am biased and think she is adorable, I also admit having 700 photos on my phone of my kid is a little nutso. I use the excise that I am enjoying being with her every day and don't want to forget her being this little, but in reality I think she is pretty cute too.
I have been thinking about what type of mom I will be and what I want for my little girl. The awards I want her to win are not for her beauty, her brains or her athletic ability (or lack thereof which if she takes after me will be non-existant). I have decided the best emphasis is on enjoying her childhood and enjoying learning. When she starts school I want her to win awards for the most books read, being nice to other kids and perfect attendance. I would like her to work hard at whatever it is that she enjoys and I hope she finds activities that she is good at and ultimately I think I will support whatever she likes as long as it is safe.
I just hope that isn't pageants.