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Author: toni

~ 07/15/10


In the continuing horror show of bad parenting that is the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras, here is a video clip featuring a 10 Year-Old Girl who is being forced by her mom to get her eyebrows waxed so that she can be “beautiful” for her pageants.

First of all, the girl is blonde (albeit probably not naturally as the guy who is doing her eyebrows confesses to “doing” her hair for 7 years) . My point is, who is going to see a stray eyebrow hair all the way up on stage? Are the judges examining these girls under a magnified mirror?

Second of all, she’s a kid! A little kid.  I didn’t even start plucking my eyebrows until I was in high school and I’m half Italian and had a unibrow! I still don’t wax them.  Although I should – but I’m such a wimp when it comes to owies.

I mean, I know we females pick and pluck and shave all in the name of some idealized version of beauty, but it shouldn’t start while there are still American Girl dolls carefully arranged on the Laura Ashley bedding draped across a twin-sized  canopy bed in a Limoge pink bedroom. And, yes, I know there are some grown women who actually have bedrooms like this, but they’re a whole other subset of psychological issues best saved for a different post.

As you can see, the girl is  going along, but it’s obvious she doesn’t want to do this.  I really feel for her. But mostly I feel like I would love to wax the hair off her mother’s head and see how she likes it.



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  1. I can understand the review of “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (Jon Turteltaub, magic, Disney, etc., etc.), but writing about some TLC show based on really terrible, vicariously living parents who are traumatizing their children? Why are you not writing about female circumcision, child marriages, or child slavery, REAL problems. The only reason this TLC show is broadcast is because somewhere in the world some idiots will watch this crap. I, for one, not only will not watch this dreck, but will casticate any fool who DOES watch this worthless *#?!.

    Comment by bruce — July 15, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

  2. Because if there’s one thing we moms are mortified by and yet is a hot topic of conversation, it is horrific parenting by other parents. Certainly eyebrow waxing is not in the same league as female circumcision, but much closer to our own reality. And certainly something that goes on in our very own community (we’re Hollywood adjacent after all). It’s relevant to those of us who have given birth, believe it or not. Doesn’t mean we watch this show or support it.

    Comment by toni — July 15, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

  3. I saw that episode! I actually watch that regularly. (Castigate away Bruce!) Not 100% of my life is going to be dedicated to the world’s injustices, but just the pure entertainment of the (trainwreckery based) entertainment in that show. Lighten up, all us fools can’t be perfect like you believe you are. *eyerolling*

    Anyhow, I am always amazed with what most of those moms do to prep those kids, and talk about the money they spend for those titles which aren’t even titles. “We spent 1000 dollars prepping and whoo-eee we won a $50 Savings Bond!” Wow, way to blow through the college fund!

    It makes me feel better about my own parenting choices to watch that show. Guilty pleasure I suppose, but I agree with you. What a disgraceful show of parenting. I can’t believe they can even watch themselves on TV and not be totally embarrassed. If you let them set the bar then the rest of us are doing really great!

    Comment by Lab Mom — July 16, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

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