This show is an American favorite that has become synonymous with parental indulgence, tantrums and chaos. More often than not the child is spoiled—in fact, they seem to find the most spoiled children that they can to make better television. Why would moms enjoy watching this show? Simple: to show us that no, our children are not the worst behaved ones out there. In fact, our willful little angels seem downright…well, angelic next to these huffy toddler divas.
At one time I was interested in getting my girls into pageants because my oldest is very into any glitzy and glam and my youngest is very calm and I think she would do well. However, when mentioning the idea to my husband, J, he was horrified. He too had seen the show once or twice and when I said the word “pageant” he had a moment of imaging our girls amidst glory hungry moms and their equally pushy daughters.
Now, let me say that I know all pageants, let alone all pageant moms and the contestants are not like this. However, after watching the show it will make you think twice about involving your daughter in all of that. As an added bonus, I have seen moms having their little girls teeth whitened, hair extensions put in, spray tan…you name it! It is not uncommon for a mom to hype their kids up on caffeine and sugar so that they will do well in the competition (after hearing pixie stix labeled as “pageant crack” I am not so sure I will be introducing the candy to my girls!). I have a problem with this kind of double standard—candy and soda and tantrums are OK for pageants but not for every day life. I think it would be a hard rule to maintain.
That’s just my take, but I have not ever done any beauty pageants. I was hoping you moms that are more familiar might step in and tell me—is this really how it is, or is it dramatized for television?