Melissa - posted on 07/28/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )
I have been entering my son in modeling contests that I've seen on Facebook. Nothing major, meaning that I don't have an agent, a photographer (besides a friend who is majoring in photography/fine arts), a portfolio, and don't invest ANY money in it. The only thing I've done is upload and submit my son's pictures to pages that are "looking" for kids to model their merchandise. My son recently won a contest which includes some FREE clothing and appearances in the company's catalog/website, and a magazine. I was so excited and couldn't wait to tell friends and family my cool news! However, instead of people being happy for me (like I thought), I've had some who were totally raining on my parade... Asking me why I would waste money on such things (which I don't), if it's a scam, why I would put my child through such torment, blah blah blah.
My boyfriend thinks it's just jealousy, or a form of it, but it's really got me questioning whether or not it's a good idea to be doing this? We are a low income family because my boyfriend is the only one working while I finish college, which also allows me to be a SAHM in the mean time too. So, I didn't see the harm in trying to win cool things and opportunities for my child, especially nice clothes that I can't afford. My sister asked me why I would "set my son up for disappointment" in case he doesn't win, but he's 2-years old right now and wouldn't know the difference.
What do you think? I'd love to hear anyone's opinions, good or bad. Thank you :)