Many parents have yet to find this show to be entertaining, most can't stomach more than the commercials; and some usually turn from them. It is a surprise that TLC (The Learning Channel) allows this to still air. What exactly is this teaching anyone, except how to exploit children and get paid doing it? Is the price worth the cost for these toddlers that are taught to sashay, flirt and parade around a stage to impress judges and the crowd? Even TLC's description of the show does not paint a pretty picture of it:
"On any given weekend, on stages across the country, little girls and boys parade around wearing makeup, false eyelashes, spray tans and fake hair to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes. Toddlers and Tiaras follows families on their quest for sparkly crowns, big titles, and lots of cash.
The preparation is intense as it gets down to the final week before the pageant. From hair and nail appointments, to finishing touches on gowns and suits, to numerous coaching sessions or rehearsals, each child preps for their performance. But once at the pageant, it's all up to the judges and drama ensues when every parent wants to prove that their child is beautiful." TLC.com
It is a chore to sit through the horror of the screaming children, the make-up, the costumes and the parents living vicariously through their children. When the parents say, "she loves doing this." It paints a picture in many children's mind of the pedophile that says, "she asked for it." How is this not abuse? What is the difference between what strippers do and what these parents do to their children?
This article is not meant to put down parents who believe their children are beautiful. All children are beautiful, and they don't need a judge to tell them that or otherwise. There is no apology for feeling this way either. Some parents enter their children in pageants and stop when it stops being fun. Whatever the reason, whatever the cause, count the costs and if the prize isn't more than cost, go for it.
Different perspectives are always welcome, however, please check read the links written by children that describe what love looks like from a child's perspective. You won't see 'Toddlers & Tiara's' anywhere on the list.