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Let Julia Lira, the Child Carnival Queen, be kid! Stop parading her around like a Vegas show girl!

My last week's post focused on the "Toddlers and Tiaras" show and how it exploits the very young. Once again, below is another example how some parents thrust their young child into the entertainment limelight for their own personal benefit.

In RIO DE JANEIRO Julia Lira, the 7-year-old Carnival drum corps queen, took center stage as she samba'd along then broke down like little children do when under stress.

Dressed like a Vegas show girl in a miniskirt made of purple feathers, this little 7 year old became the center of an adult parade. Her father took her by the hand and presented her to the crowd as if she were his "prized pony."

But after the crowd of photographers and television cameramen jumped in her face, she cried was taken out of the parade, BUT THEN THEY BROUGHT HER BACK! Can we just let kids be kids. This just breaks my heart.

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Kimberley Clayton Blaine is the author of the Go-To Mom books series. She’s the mom of two young kids, a parenting expert and a licensed Family and Child Therapist who specializes in working with children ages newborn to six years old. Kimberley is the executive producer of a webshow, called www.TheGoToMom.TV. Kimberley is a national speaker and teaches Early Childhood Brain Development and Positive Discipline Strategies at UCLA Extension Education.

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