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Toddlers And Tiaras


I've recently started watching TLC's reality show Toddlers and Tiaras. I can't believe that some parents are putting children as young as 8 month in beauty pageants! As I watch it sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or feel sorry for the little girls and the moms/dads on the show. Granted some of the little girls are adorable - all dressed up and prancing across the stage, but there are a number of them who are obviously being forced into preforming.

Has anybody else been watching this? What's your opinion?

Here's a clip if you want to check it out.
Jan 28, 2011 @ 09:13 am

19 Replies


Toddlers and Tiaras

I've watched this show a few times. To be honest, all I can think about is JonBenet Ramsey and her tragic murder in Boulder, Colorado...and how shocked I'd been at the time to see photos of that little girl where she looked 15 years older than her actual age.

It just seems so, so wrong...
Jan 28, 2011 @ 07:32 pm

soapbox time

Let me start by saying I understand there are parents who do right by their kids and there probably are some very well adjusted families who participate in these pageants.

In every other case, it's a big fat NO from me. I want to rant and rave here, but that would not be helpful. I am completely opposed to this.
Jan 28, 2011 @ 07:44 pm

I watch the show....

If/when I have children, I wouldn't subject them to this....
But I like the show. Still not sure why.
Jan 28, 2011 @ 09:51 pm

don't like it

I think the parents are trying to live through their kids, which is wrong.

Jan 29, 2011 @ 03:07 am
Ali de Bold

It's sad

If you want your daughters to grow up thinking they are fairy princesses and that beauty is the most important quality they could ever have...

I've seen that show a few times and I just shake my head. It's fascinating in a train wreck kind of way. It bothers me on many levels and no child of mine would ever be entered in anything like that.

Like mamaluv said I'm sure there are many well adjusted kids and families that participate but I'd be willing to bet most participants have their priorities quite misplaced.
Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:33 pm


I think that toddles and tiaras is horrible I watched part of an episode one time and it disgusted me the fact that they exploit these children like that is cruel and wrong. I think it should be considered a form of child abuse kids should be allowed to enjoy life and enjoy being a kid these kids are giving up thier childhood because thier parents want fame and whatever else you are only a kid once they shouldnt have to be forced into this makeup tanning it is all absurd. I dont think parents like that should be allowed to have children I have a child and i would never in a million years do that to my child. not even that but god knows how many child molesters watch that show. I think the show should end kids shouldnt be crying and getting all worked up over a beauty pageant and they sure as hell shouldnt be taught that beauty is that important these kids are going to have so many problems when they get older def psychological and god knows what else eating disorders depression all children are beautiful what happens when as some of them get older and get made fun of or whatever they will break down cause they have been raised to think that they need to be perfect.
Aug 09, 2011 @ 06:59 pm

cant even watch it

That show honestly makes me nauseous... Dont get me wrong those kids are adorable, no question about that, but that kind of pressure on appearance at that age? There's enough of that on tv & magazines already. Over 50% of girls begin dieting before 14 years old. By grade 10 about 40% believe they're overweight. Even out of those that are average weight, about 20% still think their fat. I saw my sister waste away to 76lbs (she's 5'7") and the first (out of 4) times she was hospitalized, the doctors told us she was on the verge of almost total organ failure... if we had waited even 2 more weeks, she probably would have died. And my parents never put that kind of pressure on any of us, I'll fully admit we had a pretty positive childhood compared to alot of people I know. I dont even want to think of how much worse things could have been if she had that kind of pressure from our parents.

So seeing such young kids being pushed into a lifestyle that focuses so much on what you look like, even if it is fun & games at first, just makes me sick. How a parent could do that, knowing how much of a higher chance that child has of developing some form of eating disorder & self esteem issues as they get older, I'll never understand.
Aug 09, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

Not Right

I think it is weird. I have seen clips of the show before! Obviously the parents have a strange need to feel like their kids are beautiful.
Aug 10, 2011 @ 11:37 am

I watch as well

Yes I have watched several episodes, and feel these poor children are put through so much
so there parents can either gain money or tv exposure. I watched one episode were a 5 year old had acne. This is appauling, your child has acne due to the amount of makeup she is required to wear.
Aug 10, 2011 @ 07:56 pm

I watch this as well

I find this program to be absurd. The parents looking for recognition, money and tv
exposure should not have children.
Aug 10, 2011 @ 07:59 pm

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