Let children act their age
I recently had the displeasure of watching the TV show "Blinging Up Baby" which made my blood boil in every possible way.
I watched, mouth open, as grown adults treated their children like dolls and not little people, spending thousands pounds on treats and clothing despite not having the money available to do this.
One mum, a former glamour model who seemed to be quite keen that her children (a 3 month old and a 6 year old) decided to become glamour models. She wanted her letterset's first word to be Chanel and she was teaching her older child that clothes should only be worn a couple of times - even telling her daughter she would be buying her new shoes despite her daughter choosing and wanting to wear a particular pair of new shoes.
I watched as tiny toots were dressed in hideous, layer filled dressed to simply go to the shop, with claims that if they didn't get dressed up they would be bullied (sorry but the dresses and bonnets this wee girl was wearing would make her a target to bullies in my view).
She saw her child as an accessory, buying earrings for her 14 month old (about the same as M) and making the poor child cry in pain whilst she tried to change the earrings to hideously large ones (which the lady in the shop said were too big). The poor darlings ears were red and sore looking. Why? She also kept calling the 14 month old girl sexy. SEXY! A baby? That is so many levels of wrong.
This same woman went on holiday with her new boyfriend and his 12 year old daughter and persuaded him that the girl should have her belly button pierced!!!!!
The child I felt most sorry for was a six year old girl who wanted to play in the park but who was not allowed to get dirty, not even the smallest speck of dirt. No child should fear getting dirty, they should embrace it. Her mum shouted at her and was getting annoyed when the girl ran up a skateboarding ramp and got marks on her trainers (though I couldn't see any). That cut short the day at the park.
There were diamontes, make-up, fake tans, modelling, pageants - everything that you could accept an adult having or doing but a child? I just don't understand.
I put M into comfortable clothing, she gets them dirty in seconds some days, she gets holes in the knees of her leggings, she has fun! What a saw was children who should have been happy looking miserable and getting cajoled into doing things their mums said they "enjoyed" but the faces and body language I saw conveyed anything but happiness.
Why do parents want their children to grow up far too soon? The actions of some of these mums can only be doing damage to the children. Children who are not being given the chance to behave their age!