Monday, April 13, 2009

Generation Diva: How our obsession with beauty is changing our kids.

This is kind of disturbing. What ever happened to just being yourself and content with what you have?

From the Article:
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.
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Consider this: according to a NEWSWEEK examination of the most common beauty trends, by the time your 10-year-old is 50, she'll have spent nearly $300,000 on just her hair and face.

6 comments:

Edmund said...

Good Lord, that's more than a bachelor's degree at private schools.

Paul Bernacchio said...

As parent who has raised 4 kids over a span of 28 years, I have some observations and comments on what has transpired in the evolution of societal norms. In the 1960's companies began to regard children as a an important segment of the consumer market. The goal at the time was to present products that would cause children to beg, plead, pout and demand their parents purchase the specific item. It was directed specifically to children and cleverly tied into either a television show or a popular icon in the culture. This has been an incredible successful marketing venture and today children's' consumers products make up a billion dollar plus industry. In the process two very things have occurred. First, childhood has been taken away as more and more adult and teen stuff has be foisted on younger and younger children. The second evil and it is two pronged itself is that we have very young kids hooked on consuming material goods. It is very similar to drug use in that one needs a bigger and bigger kick to get excited. We have children today who get depressed if they can't go to the mall and buy things. Life spirals out of control when as an adult you find either limits to what you can own or if you have financial success you you acquire much more than you could possibly do with. This I personally believe has had the greatest effect on moral and spiritual bankruptcy that is prevalent in our society.

Bro. Dave said...

Can a two-year-old really "loves to get tan"??? Does a two-year-old really understand any of this? Or is mama simply living out a "fairy princess" childhood she never had?

AndreaM said...

Argh!!! As a mom of 3 girls 9, 7, and 3, here's my take:

I felt called to give up make up for Lent 2 years ago. Really called - it was not my doing, I even had to perform onstage, and with an eye infection in glasses. And you know what? I was treated differently. Less respect from doctors, ignored by many, but... My kids, My husband? NO CHANGE in how they treated me. I think they loved me more as I was more there for them.

I believe in letting the girls discover who they are as girls, and celebrate their individual God given traits. How ascerbic to try to conform to society's norms on looks, especially to tyranize your children to this! God made each of us perfect in His image and likeness, in our own uniqueness.

Can our society ever get back to that?

AndreaM said...

By the way, rock on Paul!

Adrienne said...

The solution is simple but not always simple to carry out.

Young children should be very limited in what they watch on TV or who they "hang" with. It is the parents duty.

Even with TV being a brand new thing when I was a little kid, my Mom saw the danger and really limited our viewing.

And when I see little girls walking around dressed like little tarts my question is always - where are the Fathers?

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