Lisamarie - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )
I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with "Supernanny" Jo Frost, I watched one of her "Extreme Parental Guidance" shows on TV last night which featured young girls as young as 13, dressing like what I can only describe as a corner street hookers, plastered in make-up, which the mother helps her to apply, and going to clubs for over 16's. One girl even saying she walked past boys on purpose to make them look and she dresses and acts like she does to feel like an adult and her mum bought her the make up and clothes to keep her daughter happy!
This got me thinking about make up and young girls. What is the "right" age for your child to start expressing themselves through make-up, if they wish to.
Growing up I have watched my own mum applying her make-up EVERY single day, she has always taken care of her appearance, even with 5 kids under 7 running around! I think, personally this is very important, I like to make myself look good because it makes me feel good. I do not bby any means think I'm ugly, but I think make up enhances, not covers!
My step dad would not allow my younger sister or I to wear make up to school, although we did borrow friends while we were at school!! We were, however allowed to wear a little at weekends and after school, just a bit of mascara and lip gloss, nothing major, when we were about 14.
I don't wear make up every day, if I'm not doing anything I'll leave it but if I feel crappy I do put it on, I look good, I feel good!
I have a 3 yr old daughter, I don't talk about myself or anyone else in a bad way, I don't constatly whine about weight or my appearance, I just take care of it. I do not want my daughter to feel like she needs make up or have any body issues, I've told her every single day of her life she is beautiful. She looks in the mirror and says "Look, mummy, Destiny's beautiful." :)
She has gotten into my make up bag once and was suprised to find out she knew exactly what make up went where (I suppose she must watch me doing it a lot) she has been asking recently if she can have some on, I have put lipstick and only lipstick on her twice and I would never take her out the house or post pictures of her everywhere all "dolled up"!
So my question is, when do you feel is the right time, if any, to allow your daughter to wear make up and to what extent?
I really don't know how I feel on this subject and am intrigued to find out peoples responces. :)