About a year ago, I’d sent out an invitation for moms and/or daughters who were a part of the pageant circuitry. I received close to two dozen responses; which is good, of course, unless you’re dealing with pageant moms and/or daughters. It quickly became apparent that I’d chosen the wrong topic. Not a single one could resist asking if I’d showcase their professional photos. I explained the focus wasn’t so much on furthering anyone’s career, but rather, the goal was to take a realistic look at both sides – positive and negative. I don’t recall ever rolling my eyes so often. I ditched the idea in its entirety and never looked back. Then…the new season of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras began.
I don’t recall ever seeing so many coddled and entitled children in my life. Make no mistake – my problem is not even with the pageant circuit, but rather, the dynamics within these families. These adults are setting their daughters up for what’s sure to be a very difficult life. In tonight’s episode, a father promised his daughter $100 just to get on stage and smile. Another father shoved sugar down his daughter’s throat and then her mother had to keep her calm before she went on stage.
And speaking of fathers – and I’m trying really hard to keep some sense of decorum – but these fathers are spineless. There. I said it. They actually learn their young daughters’ dance routines. Why? To help their girl? Surely not since the parents are dropping major bucks for dance lessons.
These little girls are spoiled with the most unrealistic sense of entitlement. It’s almost vulgar. What are they going to do when these little ones grow up and realize not everyone’s going to cater to their every whim? I’d hate to know one of these girls grew up and set her sights on my son. They’re not always going to get the same response as they do now when they tell their mothers they want to smack them. Someone needs to tell them there’s going to come a day when making those comments will result in them picking their frilly butts up off the ground.
For my part, I have to take a step back and ask myself why I look forward to this show every week. Best I can figure is it’s my own passive aggressive way of speaking my mind. I can yell at these clueless moms all I want.