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Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 04:41 PM

There's a scene in "Toddlers & Tiaras," the TLC reality series, where 2-year-old Marleigh is perched in front of a mirror, smothering her face with blush and lipstick. She giggles as her mother attempts to hold the squealing toddler still, lathering her legs with self-tanner. "Marleigh loves to get tan," her mom says, as the girl presses her face against the mirror.

Marleigh is one of many pageant girls on the show, egged on by obsessive mothers who train their tots to strut and swagger, flip their hair and pout their lips. I watch, mesmerized by the freakishness of it all, but wonder how different Marleigh is from average girls all across America. On a recent Sunday in Brooklyn, I stumble into a spa that brands itself for the 0 to 12 set, full of tweens getting facialed and glossed, hands and feet outstretched for manis and pedis. "The girls just love it," says Daria Einhorn, the 21-year-old spa owner, who was inspired by watching her 5-year-old niece play with toy beauty kits.


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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 04:47 PM

thats really disgusting... i didnt wear make up till i was like 13.... not because my parents were strict or anything but because i didnt realise that people needed it. How can parents skew a childs view of the world so much.

Those girls should be playing WITH dolls...not becoming one.


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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 04:54 PM

Most parent's aren't, it's just the pushy ones.

Most of the kids around here play outside, play football, go to their friend's houses etc
   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 04:58 PM

I was talking about the pageant girls. Its not what happens to every kid but that it happens at all is bad enough, and i think its an indicator of how far society now goes.

whatever happened to playing soccer and practising piano?


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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 05:01 PM

It's good to teach young children to take care of their bodies and nurture themselves. But this is taking it too far, in my view. Of course toddlers enjoy attention and being on show, and showing off! But not being exploited. That is just wrong. Childhood should be a playful, exploratory time, not starting on a road to a false 'perfection'.



   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 05:07 PM

Makeup isn't for children.
   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 05:21 PM

Yeah,i agree that putting fake tanner on kids and forcing them to do this kinda stuff is too far.
It's just..really selfish on the parent's behalf,i think. Because it's the clear the parent's are just being wayy too pushy.

They should be aloud to be young,carefree kids and mess around,and not have to worry about pagents and making there parents happy by putting on makeup etc.

And,i would like to think,if i had kids,i'd try to promote a heathy self image.
Beauty outside and in,you know? I'd tell them they're beautifull without makeup,so makeup is just a nice touch.Not something really important.

Idunno...i think this is giving out a bad image.

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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 05:43 PM

Yes, childhood should be about experiencing your body in a healthy way, with nice shampoos, bubble baths etc [not necessarily always kiddies ones] but not makeup, unless it's in play!



   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 05:47 PM

Those kids always freak me out so much.

They look so fake. It's just not normal.
   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 06:30 PM

I don't wear makeup and never really have aside from the odd bit of lipgloss.

Speaking as someone who didn't really have a childhood as such, I find this repulsive. We should be encouraging our kids to be kids and enjoy their youthful time as carefree as possible not making them into adults before they've even sat a single exam.


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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - March 31st 2009, 06:41 PM

I didn't wear makeup until I was about 16. And even now I barely wear it! I think those parents are really...pathetic. Trying to make themselves feel better by making their kids do what they can't. It's sick.
   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - April 1st 2009, 12:31 AM

To be honest, I think some people are raising spoiled little brats. I do not want my kids to be like that and I plan to do everything in my power to prevent that. I certainly don't want my child wearing makeup on a regular basis. I remember as a child occasionally playing in my mother's makeup, but anything more than that is just too much.


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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - April 1st 2009, 01:14 AM

I don't think pageants are to blame at all - it's the parents. Some pageant kids do turn out to brats - but so do non-pageant kids.

Yes, I believe that some parents are going too far by allowing their children to wear inappropriate clothing and make-up at a very young age - but it is their decision and unfortunately it will be the ultimate downfall of their children. However, there is not much we can really do about it.
   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - April 1st 2009, 02:06 AM

I think that elementary schools are doing this as well.

I've noticed the patterns of children as of late. They are starting to get the "high school cheerleader" attitudes, everything is based on looks and how you act, how much money you have, and even your parents now. It's ridiculous, and sometimes I just want to take these kids and put them in my shoes when I was a kid. Getting a freaking bag of toys from the goodwill was a treat for me, and now they get everything they want, act the way they want.


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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - April 1st 2009, 03:34 AM

I don't think we're raising generation divas, at least not the majority of the population. This kid's show thing, whatever you call it with plastering them full of make-up and such doesn't apply to the majority. I think we are raising people, who like before, are usually stupid, although now, it's combined with more laziness and relying on technology to think for you. I remember having to do calculations in school by hand, not calculator. Sure I had a calculator at the time, however, my parents refused to let me use it, until later in high school for massive calculations.

However, many kids still do play sports, go to each other's houses and such, despite the increasing rate of childhood obesity.
   
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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - April 1st 2009, 04:27 AM

Make up on tv is different then everyday life.


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Re: Are We Raising Generation Divas? - April 2nd 2009, 12:39 AM

Um... I don't think there's anything wrong with playing with make-up. It's really not much different from playing with barbies. I loved playing with Barbies when I was little and I turned out fine. I don't even wear make-up at all.

However, for some reason it seems that children are getting much more bratty. I'm tired and I really don't feel like going into a long and detailed explanation right now, but maybe I'll post one later.


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