Post # 17
It’s so sad that they just crave this attention from their parents, and if the kid does not do amazingly, it’s all the judges, not the child. These poor kids are being taught to be perfect to be loved, and if they’re not perfect, it’s everyone else’s fault…so unhealthy.
Post # 18
Don’t get me started. I HATE this show, and all it represents. I feel so bad for these girls who are totally learning the wrong values at such a young age. I don’t get how these parents can prance out their little girls like show dogs, for the joy of every pedophile out there. It is just wrong wrong wrong.
Post # 19
You are so right. Can you imagine what it would have felt like to be two years old and told you didn’t win something because you weren’t pretty enough??? These mothers have problems. For real.
Post # 20
This show and these pageants gross me out!
Post # 21
Um yeah. One mother was telling her THREE YEAR OLD she is supposed to “shake her booty” while she was in the swimsuit. And the little girl seriously had a matching garter on her ankle. Terrible!
Post # 22
This is one of the many reasons I am grateful I don’t have tv…or a daughter..lol.
Post # 23
To be fair there are some parents out there who don’t dress their kids in the outfits up their hoohahs and whose kids do genuinely do look age appropriate but those are few and far between (and they never seem to win)
To me pageants aren’t the problem, my issue is with the parents. Especially the ones that coach and drill their kids and belittle them when they don’t win. The ones that take their kids out of school and drive them all over the place to compete. The ones that put themselves into debt just to by the latest dress. What kind of example are you setting when you get into a fist fight or screaming match with another mother? Its the generall bad attitude and poor judgement of the parents that make those pageants and shows truly awful.
Post # 24
I was just about to comment on that! It’s a My Sweet 16 for the younger crowd!
I have to admit, I do watch this show. It’s a complete trainwreck…you can’t help but look, even though you don’t want to. Some of the moms are crazy. I wonder though, how many of them work that up for the camera. I also realize that when they edit an episode, they’re going to pick shots that will get people talking more, but some of those kids need some serious discipline! I understand that kids have tantrums, but the way some of them talk to their parents…my parents would have slapped me for that!
ETA: I also feel like the majority of the parents seem to be overweight…it seems like some of them are living through their children by having them do these pageants.
Post # 25
Oh I have a few “guilty pleasure” TV shows that I watch… But I just happened to stumble over this gem of a series on accident.
Post # 26
I totally agree, and a lot of the time the mothers go on about how they were in pageants and how much they missed being in them and love seeing their kids on stage because it makes them feel like they’re doing it too! It’s so sad, and most of the time they don’t even have the money for the dresses, props, hair, makeup, tanning, etc.
I like it when the kids come on saying they actually love it and when the parents say that as soon as they don’t want to do it anymore they’ll take them out of pageants. IMO, there are way too many kids on Toddlers and Tiaras who scream and cry because they don’t actually want to do the pageant stuff but they don’t want to disappoint their parents.
Post # 27
The show is pretty ridiculous….there is a little girl on there that all of the other parents hate b/c she always wins. She even has her own doll….LOL. Her and her mother were on The Talk a while back talking about pageants and stuff. The cost of some of those outfits is RIDICULOUS!
Post # 28
My mom used to watch that all the time. It just completely creeps me out. All I can think about is that their audience probably has a huge percentage of pedophiles. I saw one where the mom was plucking her daughter’s eyebrows. I don’t see how you could do that to a little kid. I mean, that actually really hurts!
Post # 29
There are always going to be weird parents doing these dumb pageants, and other kids being pushed into sports/art/music/rodeos/whatever their parents wish THEY could have done in life…what depresses me is that TV execs are making money off it all. It only encourages the outrageousness. I just can’t deal with these shows that exploit people’s massive insecurities.
Post # 30
I watched it once and was kind of horrified.
However, my Fiance and I quote a preview for the show from about a year ago ALL THE TIME. This little girl was glaring at someone she was upset with and whispered/hissed “I HATE YOU” with such venom and seriousness that it was awful and hilarious at the same time. We generally say “I LOVE YOU” instead, but it’s stuck with us.
The show makes me sad for the kids. I don’t get why parents think it would be a good thing for their children. I do theatre and knew some serious stage parents as a teen. For them, it wasn’t about the kids, it was about making the parent feel better about themselves.
Post # 31
I think parading your child (tan, extensions, dentures or not) and having people judge her worth based on her outside appearance is appalling and disgusting. I would hope that parents see their kid as more than their body parts – they should be the ones fostering the idea that beauty doesn’t matter. And when they say ‘but she wins scholarships!’ Yes, but at what price? Does that not put in the child’s head that good looks = money for education? I see a sugar daddy in their future….
Anyway, you could basically film ‘My Sweet Sixteen’ at the club I work at. Average cost of sweet sixteens/bar/bat/mitsvahs at my work? $30,000 – 50,000!