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Toddlers and Tiaras

By February 7, 2009

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What's happened to TLC? I just saw their new documentary called Toddlers and Tiaras. Now, I thought TLC was the Learning Channel, but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be learning from watching moms put spray tanner and false eyelashes on their toddlers so they can prance around onstage for a beauty pageant. I like to think that I'm pretty open-minded, but this show just makes me cringe.

While I would think it would be the place of grown-ups to speak out about the show and what it represents, instead it's a couple of teens in Canada. They've started a Facebook group calling to ban the show that now has nearly 3,000 members. In the St. Catharines Standard report, one of the teens stated, "It was the faces they were making, how little clothes they were wearing, fake teeth, hair, tans, eyelashes. It was disturbing."

I agree. It's disturbing. I used to watch cooking shows and educational stuff on that channel. I feel like that whole network has gone downhill in the past few years. I know they've got to turn a profit and viewership for Toddlers and Tiaras is probably a lot higher than for Untamed Earth or Great Chefs. And it's not that I think all television has to have some educational merit because I'll admit, I do enjoy some reality programs (Big Brother -- trainwreck that it is -- could not start soon enough for me). This show, however, just feels like it crosses a line and makes me very uncomfortable. Has anyone else watched it? Thoughts? Care to leave a review of the show, good or bad?

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February 8, 2009 at 9:16 am
(1) Melissa says:

IMO, its not just the show that should be banned, its the pageants. Those “beauty pageants” are nothing more than exploitation. There is no underlying value to them at all. I am generally not in favor of legislating parenting, but if these parents can’t see how disgusting it is, then maybe there does need to be a law.

February 8, 2009 at 10:30 am
(2) vicky newton says:

I have not yet watched the show but have watched documentaries ect like this I would be less concerned if the winner wasnt the most primped adult acting and looking child there is nothing cuter than a kid in dungereens with cake batter on their face not that i am saying we go to that extreme but how about a more natural look
The parents generally say well i am trying to give them a good start in life but what are the statistics what happens to these kids when they are an 18 yr old with no more pagents and tiaras and they are out in the real world?

February 8, 2009 at 10:40 am
(3) Mel C says:

I agree TLC has become “The Freak-Show Channel.” I can’t stand how they give the Duggars superstar status when they are giving the rest of the country really bad ideas about having WAY too many children which Mother Earth cannot possibly sustain. To each its own, but to give the baby pageants and giant families this kind of status makes them both look good and attainable, when neither of them is. It’s irresponsible. I do have to say that there was a 1-hour show about a family of 23 kids, 19 of which had been adopted who had some kind of physical or developmental problem. See? No need to bring 18 kids into the world when there are so many who could have benefited from the Duggar’s know-how about large families, who truly needed a family and the care of loving people. But I digress, as the Duggars have me going bonkers, and that’s just a pet peeve of mine. Child molesters must be salivating watching Toddlers & Tiaras. I would (could) NEVER knowingly expose my daughter in such a way.

February 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(4) Liz says:

IMO, they give regular pageants a bad name. These “Glitz” pageants that are shown on the television show are horrible. Non-glitz pageants are nothing like that, but people don’t know because of what they see on this horrible show. My daughter has been in and won several pageants (as did I when I was younger) but NONE of the pageants she has ever been in called for make-up, false eyelashes, and fake hair. Any pageant I will ever put her in won’t, either.

February 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm
(5) Branden says:

UGH. My husband and I watched this once. Only once. I could barely stand to look at it…those girls…man. I don’t understand how those mothers think that its ok, that their child is going to grow up to be a normal kid. No she’s not – she doesn’t have any friends because you’ve been truckin her across the US, trying to live out your fantasy of being in pagents through her because you never could. My husband and I kept thinking, I bet child molesters are having a hay-day. I bet they record it and watch it over and over again. Why wasn’t something like that considered before the idiot who thought this show was a good idea put it on the air? I guess when you’re desperate you put on anything. Too bad, I really liked TLC.

February 10, 2009 at 10:46 am
(6) Annie says:

So creepy.

February 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(7) brenda says:

Let kids be kids,no fake pagents(such a short time)we spend enough of our life worrying what we look like or how to be perfect. I would never let my daughter do that for those pedophiles watching. I like the christmas pagents she is in at school THAT IS NORMAL!

What a pathetic show.Makes them look like mini pornographic stars.

February 11, 2009 at 9:39 am
(8) Ildiko M. C. Laszlo says:

I think this show is a sad commentary on our society today. These are little children that need to be protected by adults. Instead they are being sexualized. This show would be some sick pedophiles dream. How sad that our society has come to this level of degradation.

February 11, 2009 at 10:42 am
(9) mike says:

Mel C.:
The Bible says,” Be fruitful and multiply.”
Don’t give me the line about “Mother” Earth cannot support mankind. If the Duggars can support their kids, more power to them (I do think the Duggars are being exploited).

February 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm
(10) Alicia says:

Life is hard enough for little girls and teens already. There are so very many problems with eating disorders and insecurities in our society today.

I feel that this show is giving the immpression that as a girl, you have to be “perfect”. Beauty comes from within. What kind of person you become and how you treat others is far more important then being what society calls “beautiful”.

These little girls are being robbed of their childhood. I am afraid a lot of them will have some serious emotional and mental problems later in life from being exposed to such things as a young child.

These mothers are living through their little girls. It is not fair. I think they are trying to live out something that they themselves have wanted and had insecurities about.

This show should definetly be banned from the air and these mothers need some counceling so they can realize the potential damage they are doing to their children.

February 11, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(11) Becky says:

Why are these overweight, overaged wantabee beauty pageant mothers not arrested for child abuse?
The Bible says, “Prostitute not your daughters.”
There are a few dads too that need a whop in the seat of their pants. Let the children be children!

February 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm
(12) Michelle says:

I am in total agreement. I also say that the pageants should be banned. Spraying tanner, fake teeth, fake hair pieces is all too much. I have seen the show and it is not only shocking but revolting. They are teaching those little girls that it’s okay to win by being something you’re not. What kind of message is that?

February 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm
(13) Eden says:

It is disgusting how PARENTS will exploit their own children just to make a buck!! These are not kids, they are little dolls parents USE for their own perverse pleasure in making money. Why rob kids of what a short childhood they have anyway….kids should be just that….kids, not fake plastic dolls. SHAME ON PARENTS WHO PUT PARADE THEIR KIDS AROUND LOOKING LIKE LITTLE PROSTITUTES!!

February 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm
(14) elsa says:

I must say, I was shocked…why is it a southern “sport” per say and are these little girls just preparing for the grown up beauty shows, which are just as gross? If they at least interviewed these mothers and kids or attempted to show us that it wasn’t as deranged as we thought…ok nothing they could say would make me think that this is good for a little girl’s self esteem. This is just so heartbreaking. Poor Jon Bonnet look alikes.

February 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm
(15) Ginny says:

What is wrong with little girls in their natural state. Children are beautiful just as they are. The makeup, hair extensions, eyelashes, and fake tans are just garish. As a mother of teenage girls I really think they are prettiest in ponytails with plain faces. Ban the pageants ? No…But on last nights show the pageant director said the “Chitlin Strut” ( dear Lord) was a Glitzy pageant and the fake was what they were looking for. Not ok. The cultural emphasis should be natural beauty, intelligence and articulating your thoughts, opinions and ideas.

February 19, 2009 at 2:20 am
(16) Hani Zainuddin says:

I agreed with all of the comments above. It’s an obvious exploitation of the kids. Kids SHOULD be kids…not toys. It is soooo heartbreaking to see the kids being exploited. PLEASE STOP IT!!

February 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm
(17) Maureen says:

I have to admit that I find the show amusing – not because I am into pageants, but because the parents are hysterical. They’re the ones who are disappointed when their daughters don’t win, but the little girls are far better sports than the grownups.

The mothers actually have the nerve to say they are doing this for their kids. Many, if not most, were into pageants themselves when they were younger, and half the time their kids don’t look like they are enjoying it as much as Mom tells them they do.

The WE channel has a similar show that is even worst, as these shows don’t exploit kids as much as they expose eccentric parents.

February 22, 2009 at 9:14 am
(18) Ashley says:

My daughter does these pageants. She loves it! I will not deny my child the chance to participate because a couple of ugly people think its wrong! We only did face pageants for a long time… I waited until she was old enough to make a decision for herself. She likes the attention and she shines on stage! Toddlers and Tiara’s is a cute show! Quit being so uptight just because you were never the cute kid or popular girl.

February 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(19) Taryn says:

I don’t agree with beauty pageants either, but no where do they ever AGREE with them. It’s simply following mothers and fathers who enter their child in beauty pageants. Many children enjoy them and take them lightly. Don’t ruin it for those children who need that confidence and ambition.

February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(20) Kimberly Savino says:

This program is a disgust. The world of these child beauty pageants is sickening enough – Why give these disturbed individuals who participate the added exposure on a major network? I know that airing a program like this can increase TLC’s quantity of viewers…but isn’t it quality that matters? What quality of viewers do they forsee attracting by airing a program like this? What will be next – Dog Fighting Diaries, just because it draws lots of attention? It isn’t typical for TLC to air a program that can so easily incite the many pedophiles of the world. The mothers in these programs are vain, and treat their kids like property, not children. They focus on image and performance, rather than on it being what’s inside that counts. (I don’t know about others here, but I find kids to be most beautiful when they’re covered in jelly, or have their hair full of leaves after a romp outdoors in the fall…not plastered with fake tans and makeup!) The story lines are disheartening, not inspiring. This program isn’t focused on the tragedy of the beauty pageant situation as a whole – I wouldn’t have any problem with that viewpoint. Instead, there is an element of sensationalism, which makes it all the more disturbing. Wise up, TLC – I’m not the only person who holds these views about the program. They’re turning a lot of people off, and are contributing toward today’s sexualization of children – very disappointing to see on an “educational” network!

February 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm
(21) Kristianne says:

Ok I’m all for building self-esteem but holy crap this is not building self-esteem. This is teaching young girls that sex sells and that as long as you have plastic looks you can get anyting you want, all you have to do is use your body to get it. I have a 5 year old neice and my brother entered her in a local pagent which I was ok with, the reason being there were no swimsuit competitions nor were there any bearly there outfits. She was in a little sun dress and NO make up or fake tans or fake teeth! I really hope that this show gets taken off the air!

February 26, 2009 at 11:49 pm
(22) ashlea says:

well i have to agree with the other ashley my daughter is also in these beauty pagents and loves it she loves her trophys the stage the glam and girly things about it how are you going to pass jugdgment and say it hasno future in it for your info lots of women have become lots of great things and landed lots of career oppertunitees thanks to these so called disgusting pagents so all you ugly mothers with ugly kids need to back off there is summer camps and classes and more for these beautiful girls and what do you call modeling that is another form of beauty pagent so for all you people out there running your mouth about things you know nothing abou nor have took the time to learn about back off you are all immature you cant put all pagents and pagent parents in a whole and call a name or put a label on it cause i agree the make up teeth and tanning is sick but there is exemptions in that for certain pagents as well as parents its all in what you ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO DO

March 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm
(23) Amber says:

OMG! shut-up!You have no clue what goes on behind the scenes. I have 3 daughters who all compete in these. There ages are 2.5,4,6. They love competeing. They all pick out their dresses, they pick there talent, and they draw a make-up plan. It is just like a game of dress-up to them, it also teaches them things they can use later in life like: confidence, public speaking abilties, and so may more skills. Yeah it might be a show for molesters, but i am sure they would much rather watch a show with nude teens, that your daughter could be in beacuse she didnt compete in pageants so they have no self confidence!

March 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm
(24) sarah says:

Hey both “Ashley’s” You Make me laugh! My daughters are Gorgeous Everyone tells me they should be models,But Why should i spray tan my kids,OR put false teeth or dye there hair?They look like little Whores that way. I would never dress my kids that way .So buy saying the people who dont agree with this show or pageants,Must have ugly kids.Nope most people dont want there kids being targeted by child molesters.

March 2, 2009 at 11:06 pm
(25) sarah says:

Amber,Child molesters love little Girls the ones that do these shows. I would rather have my children have a life then spend there whole childhood at some stupid pageant. Kids need to be kids not grown up.I say yes kids should feel confident about them self,But now in away that needs to be covered up by fake everything, Doing a Natural Pageant is fine but still not living your life around them.

March 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(26) Taylor says:

I’m sorry “Ashley” but I was a very popular kid in school. Why?? Because I was nice and friendly and didn’t judge people. And guess what? I absolutely hate this show and those pageants. Even my 5 yr old daughter has enough sense to agree. Self-Esteem doesnt come from being “cute”. It’s accepting yourself the way you are and loving others for the same reason.

March 5, 2009 at 11:23 am
(27) Dee says:

I’ve watched a couple of these shows now.I’ve decided that it gives me the creeps.The parents are so needy!I CAN see where it might give some confidence when in front of a crowd.I can also see where it would make a kid deperate for attention and learn that its not whats inside that counts but your clothes,make up,hair,nails.Today I saw a nasty little heifer named Kaleigha, did shows with a cousin,Makayla,both about 5 or 6.Kaleigha was a tyrant!Yelling,whinning,hitting her Dad,even yelling”I told you to shut up!”She yelled at him 3 times.That is NOT cute and mark my words,
this kid will become a big problem.
About the perverts, oh buddy are they out there!You pagent parents watch out.They are at most of these kiddie shows with cameras.Often posing as legit photographers.
I know about this because my brother is a Det. in a Sex Crime Unit.These slime balls are EVERWHERE there are children and they do love so to be where there are little girls with makeup,wigs,little short skirts showing panties,tight shorts doing these very sexual moves.Gives me chills!
As a kid I was molested by 2 creeps when I was 5 then 8.It ruined my life.I was never able to trust men.
Lets not dress our girls up and show them how to walk to attract these sick little cowards.

March 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(28) Lynn says:

I agree with Dee. See I watched this show for the first time ever with the episode that aired little Kaleigha and Kayla. All I could think of when I watched Kaleigha is she is going to be a big problem when she gets just a little older and the pageant situation is not helping. Her parents lives seem to center around their daughter in these pageants and that kid is all too wise to this and uses it to her advantage to be rude and unruly. As for those posters making comments about pageants raising self-esteem, my opinion is that is the farthest from the truth.

These competitions are for the parents only. One woman who made a comment that only peoople with ugly children have a problem with it, well, I guess she has not looked in the mirror herself lately. I just think they are trying to live their pathetic, dull lives through their kids for some sort of unfulfilled glory of their own.

You want your kid to have confidence, self-esteem? give ‘em a library card and let them read books. And education is guaranteed success.

March 8, 2009 at 11:18 pm
(29) Lauren says:

How telling that virtually every poster who has written in defense of these pageants has resorted to accusing non-supporters of being “ugly” and having “ugly children.” Is this the attitude you’re trying to instill in your kids? That anyone who would not participate in these activities is “ugly”? That physical appearance is everything? That isn’t self-confidence. It’s superficiality.

March 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(30) Susan says:

There are certainly many strong opinions about pageants. I wanted to comment because I had very positive pageant experiences growing up, which I truly believe have given me an advantage in my professional life: from interviewing skills, public speaking expertise, poise and etiquette to being comfortable in front of an audience, interacting with different types of people and learning the value of good sportsmanship. I did not have a ‘Pageant Mom;’ I originally entered at the suggestion of my dance teachers & had to beg my father to let me participate. On the TLC show, it is apparent that some moms are pushing their daughters into pageants & doing them for the wrong reasons. But there are others who are enjoying the quality mother/daughter time, healthy competition, having fun and gaining new skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.

March 16, 2009 at 1:17 am
(31) netra says:

I, usually watch the tlc channel, but when this show came on. I thought something is wrong with the people who are in charge of this network. These children are suppose to be enjoying childhood an growing an learning, instead they are putting on makeup an looking like they are in their 20′s or 30′s.. And the parents are pushing them telling them they have to win to be the best. It’s sick. I have two beautiful girls ages 8 an 6 an they know true beauty comes from within an that they do not need glitz an glam to be a model or beauty queen to feel good about themselves. They should focus on getting good grades, an getting an education an becoming something in life.

March 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(32) Laura says:

Beauty Pageants just burn me up. No one wants to see baby’s and toddlers or even teenagers go out of their way to win a little money that their parents will probably just spend on themselves. I’m almost old enough to enter a beauty pageant here, and when i am im gonna go out there in old jeans, a t-shirt, no make-up with my hair in a messy ponytail.That’s who i am, and no one can make me (or should) act otherwise.

March 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm
(33) Kay says:

These pageants are wrong in my opinion because they definitely sexualize these little girls. At the same time, they have been going on for years and I doubt they will stop. My main issue is this show. I have not watched the show because on every single commercial, I have seen a little girl nearly naked prancing around in tight little shorts, tiny skirts and skimpy bikinis! This show is a child predators dream! They probably sit at home and do God knows what as they watch this show. I cannot believe TLC put this on air.

March 18, 2009 at 11:36 am
(34) Tia says:

I LOVE the show. I’ve seen every episode of it and the other child pageant reality show on another network. Not one of those girls on either show is *forced* to compete. Your child isn’t involved, so don’t waste your energy disliking something that doesn’t affect you and that you have no control over. Here’s a suggestion: if you don’t like Toddlers and Tiaras because you think the girls are being exploited, recite the Serenity Prayer, then change the channel and watch SVU instead.

March 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm
(35) Alison says:

This is ridiculous. You people are judging these parents and children like you know them. Maybe the children actually, I don’t know, WANT to do the pageants. If they want to put on fake spray tan and flippers, let them. None of you have any right to judge. It’s childish and completely uncalled for. I would be ashamed if I were any of you. I have been in a few pageants myself, and I enjoyed them. No one forced me in them when I was younger, no one is forcing these girls.

March 20, 2009 at 11:33 am
(36) Renee says:

Alison, my toddler WANTS potato chips and M&M’s for breakfast. Children of this age do not have the mental capability to know what is good for them, and what is not. They run purely on what feels good. Attention, especially from parents, feels good. So if the parents reward them with attention, of course they will “WANT” to be in them. It’s the parents’ job to encourage them, and help them make good decisions, and veto them when they do not(No, you cannot ride in the front seat of the car.) The bigger problem is what these pagents and these TV shows teach them. These little girls that are being taught that what matters is the way you look. And even worse, they way you look isn’t good enough – it’s better to use makeup, fake eyelashes, fake teeth (down the road.. fake boobs, fake noses, lip injections, liposuction, etc..etc….)

March 23, 2009 at 11:15 pm
(37) Unknown says:

This is really sad, these parents should all lose custody of their children. Thee girls lives have been stained forever, and there’s nothing they can do to stop it.

March 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm
(38) Deborah says:

I have been completely bowled over by this show. I noticed you had placed in your article that there were a couple of teens in Canada that are asking for the show to be banned, I fully agree, but I also have to add that the parents of these children should be banned. They are exploiting their children with dreams that they could not accomplish on their own. Spray tanning your child, making them wear fake nails, fake teeth, and act like, let’s face it, basically a hooker, is completely disgusting and is neglect. The DCS needs to step up and do something about it.

April 2, 2009 at 6:03 am
(39) Emily says:

Most of the above comments seem to be have made by mums. I’m 14 years old (no, not scared of internet stalkers) and haven’t actually WATCHED the show, but I’ve been researching it a bit.
I wouldn’t normally comment, but some of the posts caught my eye (eg. Ashley, Ashlea, Amber) and I thought they were, not just hilarious, but pretty sad. Ok, great, your daughter does pageants, that’s nice. But cute kid? Popular kid? For all the cyberworld knows, your little girl could be the could be the rejected plain one who sits in the corner because she has no social skills that can relate to her age group. Yes, I love girly, glam things. Can’t the competition wait until after they’ve established their other skills? I was the one in the library every day during the school holidays, borrowing 3 books a day and I have a friend who’s been modelling for 8 years. So that establishes me as a bookworm and her as a competitive bitch? No, not quite. But I ramble. My point is: Ashley, Ashlea, Amber… you guys/mums/whatever are ridiculous, not just because of the daughter-pageant thing, but because of your competitive, bitchy attitudes.

April 5, 2009 at 1:36 am
(40) mom says:

I was reading some of these posts and came across a post from someone wanting to know, what becomes of the pageant kids once they turn 18. Well, I can tell you that my 19 year old daughter has been competing in pageants since she was 8 months old. Although, I do have to mention that when my daughter was little pageants back then were much different then what they are now. Most pageants mommies could do the hair, very little makeup, pro-am modeling was more like runway type modeling, attire was more affordable, no spray tanning, some children wore flippers but most of these children had flippers that they used and were told to use due to commercials. Watch any Mattel commercial and tell me if you ever notice a child on their commercials that has a missing tooth. You will not find one because Mattel makes the children use flippers. That is why my daughter had one. Anyway, my daughter not only did pageants but was very active in dance class and loved her sports which consisited of soccer and softball. My daughter has tons of confidence and walks tall and appears so secure with herself and when she walks in a room you know it. She always walk in a room with a smile and people stop what they are doing and watch her walk through the room. Right now my daughter is a volunteer for our local homeless shelter. She volunteers at our wildlife museum where she rakes up animal poop and feeds the animals, and she adores helping there. She is also a volunteer for the MS foundation where she walks for a cure almost every weekend or runs in marathons. She is a fulltime student and is on the dean list and works a part time job to pay for her own college fees and pay her rent. It’s not because I won’t help her, it’s because it makes her feel good to do this on her own. Not too bad for a girl that raised on the pageant stage. Oh and I do have to mention that I have always been a single mom and raised her and my son by myself. Both my children graduated high school, never been suspended and were always on the honor roll and I never had to pick them up from the police station thank god. My son is married and is successful and my daughter has grown to be a strong, confident woman that knows what she wants in life and is secure with who she is.

April 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm
(41) BJ says:

What surprised me when I watched Toddlers & Tiaras — the mothers spend an inordinate amount of time attending to every detail of their little girls’ appearance, but many of them are overweight, some greatly so, wear no make-up, and seem not to care about their hair or what they wear. Talk about mixed messages!

April 5, 2009 at 8:02 pm
(42) A natural pageant mom says:

My daughter has done only natural pageants since the age of 13 months. There was never any exploitation of children, only kids making friends and wearing off the rack clothing. There was no make up, no stoned dresses, no bare midriffs. My daughter has won over 10,000 in bonds for college and her confidence is high. I do not agree with glitz pageants, however, but, to each his own.

As for those who think pageants are “sexual”, maybe it’s you who is the pervert, not someone else. Perverted minds think alike, I’m sure!

April 6, 2009 at 6:17 pm
(43) Amber says:

To whoever Emily is i would just like to say just beacuse you are not popular in school or have no self esteem doesnt mean you have to dish on my children for having what you want to have. Didnt you mom ever teach you that you only pick on people beacause you are jealous of them. I used to pick on people but i did it beacuse it me feel like a bigger person, but then i stopped because i got envolved in pageants. Does it make you feel bigger? Well i got some news for you! YOU ARE NOT! i dont even know why you would even post a comment. It has nothing to do with you at all. just beacuse you dont agree with it doesnt mean you have to bring 3 innocent little girls into this who happen to be my daughters!

April 7, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(44) Denise says:

Where’s child protective services when you need them?

April 8, 2009 at 3:33 pm
(45) Annie says:

And where is spell check? Or any shred of wiritng skills. Emily, you rock! Good points.

April 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm
(46) Betty says:

I’ve watched this show twice now. It’s like watching a car wreck – I just can’t seem to look away. I particularly enjoy the editing. In a statement obviously recorded earlier, a mother will be extolling the virtues of her perfectly behaved little gremlin, saying that he or she just enjoys practicing so much while, on screen, the child is screaming bloody murder and being totally non-compliant. In reality, the pagents should be banned and I am, unfortunately, naive enough to believe that this show might just be a way to make that happen. It shows how impossibly difficult this is on the children and how foolish the mother (and fathers and particularly grandmothers) are to force (yes, force!) their children to perform like a bunch of trained poodles. If you want to prance around in a beauty pagent as an adult, go ahead and do it and have a blast. Children should be climbing trees, playing with trucks, and, if absolutely necessary, playing dress up in their mom’s closet.
Finally, another thing that I’ve noticed the producers/directors/editors/creators of the program make PERFECTLY clear is that the families actually lose money putting their kids in these carnivals. The moms will brag about the $350 bathing suit or $1,000 dress and the $$$ on modeling lessons, and makeup, and hair dressers, and photographers, and dance/voice/acting lessons, etc. while the top prize at a lot of these pagents is around $1,000, meaning that the parents need to come up with another excuse for attending – their own ridiculously overblown egos. The show establishes first that, although the parents swear up and down that little Sally JUST LOVES her pagents, she, in fact, does not, and spends a good portion of the time crying or complaining. Then the show establishes that all arguments that the child participates in pagents to earn money for college is also ridiculous, since the parents spend more than the child can possibly win, meaning that if college education was truly important and an issue, putting the money spent on costumes and lessons into a 529 account would be a much smarter endeavor. So we’re left with parents wanting to “win” something by having the most beautiful child. And, in order to prove that their child is the most beautiful, the turn the child into a tart that looks nothing like a child at all. Lovely.

April 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(47) sarah says:

I don’t understand how these mothers have not been investigated by child protective services and i’ve contacted the network, I’m outraged that these children can be treated this way out in the open and no one is helping them. Not only should the shows and pageants be banned, but these mothers and other people allowing this to go on need to be charged. And the people that have left comments defending the show, are just as bad as these mothers abusing their children and i pray for the children you may have or will have. I agree that these children aren’t ready to be deciding what is best for them, thats why they have parents!!

April 10, 2009 at 1:46 am
(48) horribleshow says:

This show sickens me to the core. I can’t understand why any parent would want to do this to a child and call the rest of us “ugly” for being saddened and disturbed by this horrible exploitation of children. I have heard parents say it gives the child confidence, but all I see is a child dressed up as a confident street walker that will someday have the same future as Jonbenet Ramsey. Saddened, Heartbroken, Creeped, Sickened are just a few of the words to describe how I feel about this show. Taking the show off the air would not be enough, this type of behavior of parents should be prosecuted.

April 14, 2009 at 7:50 am
(49) tami says:

When you make your little girl look like a grown woman don’t be surprise if others in every way treat her as a grown woman. Plus, she will probably act like a grown woman too. Didn’t we learn anything from Jon Benét. This show shows young children making moves that would probably be considered pornographic in other mediums.

April 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(50) kelsi says:

i love that show i love the shows on tlc i would love to compete in pageants myself

April 16, 2009 at 11:47 am
(51) sarah says:

i agree that some parents dont have ne idea what they are doin to these children its bad enough to give all they want but to make them flaunt there stuff in front millions of people i have to say that some of these kids are going to regret having a mother who made them dance sexually on television…they are not old enough to know wat they want but aprently parents dont know best…i seen a mother on there and she was almost there as if she was the star i see them as if they wanted to be on stage but since the were to old and fat that they couldnt so they live there lives throw them….

April 18, 2009 at 7:03 pm
(52) Stephanie says:

The beautiful thing about this country is the freedom of speech and the freedom of choice. You have the freedom to agree or disagree and also to speak your opinion. However, as I read a lot of these blogs, I have to say I am rather disappointed in a lot of you ladies who take your personal opinion to a level of personal attack. We can all agree to disagree, however, lowing yourself to insult slinging of not only the parent but the child, not only takes away from you are trying to accomplish, but makes you look un-classy and uneducated…and that is for both sides. My daughter is 8 and just recently flipped thru the channels and found T&T and told me she was interested in doing a pageant. Now, the first thing half of you are going to say is: why are you doing this to your child? My answer is doing what? Putting them in a competition? Making them work and practice routes that they must perform in front of judges for a score? Putting them in certain attire to enhance their performance? Doing their make-up or hair to enhance their beauty and make them stand out from the other contestants. Hmmm, you know what…that sounds a lot like…umm…let me see…Cheerleading, poms, gymnastics, modeling, figure skating, ball room dance, ballet, jazz and tap…and I think those are…competitions, correct? Basically, that is exactly what pageants are…competitions. Someone is on top and someone is on the bottom, there is no way around that. It’s a sport, and in sports there are winners and there are losers. Period. I also have been reading about how some feel the mothers are trying to live vicariously through her child. Wow, so I guess all the dads who are coaching their sons in football or baseball are living their dreams thru their sons…wishing they had been pro players getting all the girls, right? And let’s be honest with ourselves…we cannot look into the hearts of the “pageant moms’ and see their true motives. This is a personal jab to moms that do not believe that same way you do. Well, I say that if the child is happy doing something they want and love to do…so what…the child will still reap the benefit of the competition and the rewards regardless. I just think people jump to conclusions on a subject that they are sorely uneducated about because of media bias. Which, considering in a recent poll, nearly 80% of Americans said they do not believe what media says and feel they push their own agendas…people sure do believe stories about horrible people such as Jon Benet’s mom, Mrs. Ramsey. And as for the pedophiles…better never take your kid to an amusement park, a shopping mall or Chuck E Cheese. Better never let them enter ANY sort of sport or competition…because that might attract a predator to watch your kid. Come on ladies. These sick people are everywhere and anyone can make an argument over a location that can exploit a child. But you cannot stop living. But anyway, as for my daughter, we probably will stick to natural pageants, which believe it or not, there seems to be more of them than glitz…however, if my child chooses to do a glitz, then (like any other competition) she will do what is needed to “put on a great show.” Then the make-up comes off and we all go for ice cream. As mentioned in the beginning, everyone is entitled to believe what they want, and I honor and respect your opinions, but before we jump off the cliff based on emotion, try to interject some common sense into the game and remember that if you don’t agree with it…then you don’t have to put your kid in it. Ahhh…democracy is great.

April 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm
(53) andrea says:

i love this show i like seeing how pretty girls can get. i alawys wanted to be in a pagent so i can feel beautiful.

April 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm
(54) AbsolutelyFascinated says:

I think the commentor Stephanie made an excellent point about fathers living through the successes of their sons in sports and the comparison of the behaviors of the mothers on T&T. I had not looked at it that way previously. Thanks, Stephanie. So far, I have only caught the show on “glitz” pageants. I would love to see the “natural” pageants. Some of the children just look so darn miserable in glitz — much in the way some children look miserable in soccer games or ballet recitals. Competition and proper performance are qualities and experiences children should have — there are teachable moments within those — but there has to be a level of age appropriateness before children are exposed to those experiences — 7 to 9 year olds, yes – but 9 months to 3 years old just seems abusive.

April 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(55) real pageant mom says:

thank you stephanie. people love to judge what they know nothing about. a sport is a sport. be it dance, skating, baseball, cheerleading. and for the record my child has participated in pageants, dance lessons, soccer, softball & tae kwon do. the competition part is all the same.

April 28, 2009 at 12:30 am
(56) Sarah says:

Toddlers & Tiaras would be a better show if it would do even more to expose and embarrass these parents who need a kick in the hiney! When your daughter says she wants to “take a break” from doing pageants after you ASKED her if she wanted to quit, and then you do all you can to convince her to do otherwise, there is something wrong. When these girls grow up to be anorexic, depressed, sexually active teenagers, the mothers will probably STILL wonder why, and TLC will have a new reality show to start filming. My niece was in a pageant just for fun, and her mother said she will never do it again. She said the mothers were just ridiculous, and the girls just wanted to have fun and play. So sad. Children should never be called or told to act “sexy” or spray tanned. Child abuse.

April 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(57) Tara says:

I think that it is funny how the attitude of almost every pagent parent on this board has been “All you UGLY people need to shut up”! Why is it that they assume that everyone that criticizes them is ugly… that is exactly the attitude that they will leave with their kids and let me tell you- it won’t do them much good in the future.

April 28, 2009 at 8:19 pm
(58) A Natural Pageant Mom says:

Well said, Stephanie!

I wish T&T would show the natural side of pageants, but, I’m sure they won’t. It’s probably not as entertaining for their ratings. As for the person talking about the prizes of 1000.00, my pageant system had 5000, 10,000 and 25,000 bonds and all of our clothing was off the rack, unless we wanted to be creative and make a costume. My daughter has won plenty of bonds and has never put on a flashy dress, fake teeth, make-up, fake tan, nor had to do a routine. Please stop judging everyone based on this show. Like Stephanie said, it’s no different from any other hobby or sport and I see more make-up on those little girls that do dance than I do on a pageant participant.

May 1, 2009 at 11:22 am
(59) Nan says:

To the mothers that are defending this repulsive irresponsible behavior that they are imposing on their babies, yes BABIES…please do not sit here and tell us that they are making their own choices! Get Real. Who is the parent here? It’s your responsibility to raise these children to have respect for themselves and others. It’s your responsibility to ensure that you are doing everything to prepare them for life! They are only ours for a short time. They are a gift from God, and not a commodity.This is not a “dress rehearsal” for life. This is the only shot you will ever have to give them the tools they will need in life to be succesful, to be strong enough to stand on their own, to be comfortable within their own skin to handle all the adversity that life will eventually throw their way.
I am appalled that this is not only an acceptable practice but that is promoted by the very people who are supposed to be protecting our youth…..
Shame on TLC, and the parents of these precious angels…..they deserve better.This is a clear form of abuse, a violation of their right to be children. A rose by any other name is still a just a rose!!!!

May 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(60) Shaniqua says:

For everyone who thinks beauty pageants are “disturbing” you are just ignorant people who don’t actually know anything about beauty pageants. A way for children to gain self confidence, and develop skills, such as being in front of people that they will use for their whole lives. And no one has an issue with dance or cheerleading, when they also have to wear lots of makeup. Why don’t you just let people live their lives, and not tell them how to raise their own kids.

May 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm
(61) Marissa says:

Thank you, at least someone knows what they are talking aboutt. totallyyyyy agree with you. i dont get why people hate them so much.

May 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm
(62) danica says:

there is nothing wrong with pagaents i wish my mom would have put me in them i am going to have my daughters in them too so i see nothing wrong they have much more self confidence then other kids do

May 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm
(63) Christie says:

I have 2 children. Both have done pageants. My 5yr old also does dance and cheers. She wears fake hair, eyelashes, and skimpy costumes. With pageants there is spray tannig done. I have skin cancer that runs in my family…so with the options being what they are I view spray tanning a safer choice. Her “costumes” for pageants are more covering than what she wears to the beach. The moms who go on these shows ARE out to exploit there children! That’s why they are on T.V. & my child isn’t. We have made amazing friends from all over the country from pageants. She is still a little girl. If these shows took a step back & showed them playing barbies or tag before they go on stage, then maybe people could see the “real” side of pageants. Pageants aren’t for everyone & that’s fine but please don’t judge the rest of the parents based on a few parents who are or were made to look a “part” for ratings.

May 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(64) Alex says:

Jonbenet Ramsey anyone??? Need I say more?
There are MANY other ways to foster self-confidence in your child. Furthermore, why is a swimsuit competition included? Who has a valid explanation for that? Adults have swimsuit competitions to show of their figures. Isn’t that the goal of that portion of the pageant? What is the goal in making a 5 year-old parade around in her bikini?

May 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm
(65) nan says:

Good question Alex. What is the point of a
“bikini” competition???? Interesting, none of the “supporters” of this insanity have answered that question. What’s with all the make up? Again I repeat from an earlier comment, these are babies, they are being exposed to something that they did not choose and as long as we have irresponsible parents, we will have irresponsible programs.

May 17, 2009 at 10:44 am
(66) A Natural Pageant Mom says:

My system does not have a swimsuit competition. Once again, you are judging something you know nothing about. Look more into natural competitions before you judge people. And not all glitz systems have a “swimsuit” competition. It is usually “Outfit of Choice” and a swimsuit is a parent’s choice sometimes.

Now, your question has been partially answered. Let a glitz mom answer the other half.

May 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(67) Marie says:

I just signed up my toddler for a pageant. I did see the TLC show and I was upset because why put makeup on their kids? fake hair, fake tan, fake eyelashes?? Kids under the age of 15 do NOT need makeup. With that said, I got a flier for a local pageant and they require the kids to wear a fancy dress (long or knee length), no make up or fake things is allowed. They want all natural. So it is fancy dress and casual wear. that is it.

so with that said, I did some research and entered my toddler into one more pageant, thinking why not? and the same thing: Fancy wear, casual wear and one with mommy and baby (which I think will be fun)

will I do it again? no. why did I sign up? Because why not? It is something fun to do. There are people who are serious about it and that is fine. For me, it is fun. Life is short. As long as my child isn’t being dressed up like a las vegas show girl, then I think that is fine.

fyi, models wear worse things than pageant people. Top Model anyone?

May 24, 2009 at 1:14 am
(68) Rae says:

It is horrifying. But I don’t think people realize that TLC isn’t doing this for giggles. That are documenting this. Exposing what’s happening. Is everyone aware of this now? yes. And you can tell by the way the clips are edited that TLC is against it too.
They’re showing it to the world for what it really is.

May 31, 2009 at 3:23 am
(69) Megan says:

LOLOLOLOL at the women defending their actions by saying all these women against kids in beauty pageants must be ugly or have ugly kids hahahaha. WAY TO DEFEND YOURSELVES.

I’m so glad my mother never forced me into that crap before I had a choice. Way to teach your kids that if they aren’t “pretty” or have some stupid talent like dance or baton twirling they aren’t worth a cent.

I learned leadership skills, teamwork, public speaking skills, etc as a child, no need to put myself through superficial contests to do so :) Now I am a successful adult that knows how to use more than my body and some silly talents to get ahead in life. I’m pretty hot but my mom taught me that my brain and college education will get me far more :)

June 3, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(70) ?? says:

yall are retarded. tlc edits the videos to make it look like the moms are making their kids do it… which they arent. i go to pageants all the time, and the kids are the ones who like it. the mom gets mad at em for not being good to get ready for it, but the parts they dont show is where the mom says “you better sit here or we are goin home” and then the kid striaghtens up. why? because they wanna do the pageant! why would parents do that to their kids to just win money? thats right. they wouldnt. we like to dress up and be competitive a few weekends just because its fun. i used to be against them, then i did one. it was a blast. dont knock it, til you try it.

June 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm
(71) omg says:

read susan’s comment. its the best one yet. i totally agree with her.

June 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm
(72) Gina says:

To: ?? We’re all retarded~~~Please learn how to spell, and properly punctuate. Can anyone say “Moron”!

Also, I agree with Nan. A very wise lady.

June 7, 2009 at 11:39 am
(73) Andrea says:

I personally think pagents are repugnant and not just for little girls. The objectification of women in society, our allowing ourselves to be objectified and placed into direct competition against each other to see who is / can be the most sexually appealing to the males is both ridiculous and detrimental to our status as human beings.

We don’t have to to this! In nature it is the MALE who adorns and preens himself to garner the attention of the female.

But what do we human females do? We prostitute ourselves. Get fake boobs, veneers, hair extensions, starve ourselves.

A quote from Mariah Carey shows just how self-destructive we have become. “Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” We don’t want to be slim anymore…that is not extreme enough! We want to be emaciated and at death’s door!

So what do these pagents tell our children? You will never be good enough.

That being said…

Three of my five sisters and one neice participated in these pagents as young children. All because they had friends who were in them and THEY wanted to be in them. They were never pushed. (It was offered to me as well, but I have been opinionated about pagents since age 7 and asked to spend my summers with Grandma instead.) All but one of them were in say…a half dozen pagents at most, got bored and went back to the business of being children.

Our family did not believe in whoring the girls up. The most that was done to them cosmetically, was a touch of BROWN mascara(not black and *only* on my sister who is very, very blonde) and CLEAR lipgloss. Hair was curled with a curling iron by their mom…not a stylist. In fact, my step-mother made all of their pagent dresses herself.

With the exception of their dresses, (my step-mother is a phenomenal seamstress!) they were the most plain looking children in the pagents. (There were no scantilly clad bathing suit competitions and such–My Dad would have had a heart attack!)

And ya’ know what? They WON most of them. Why? Because they were cute KIDS! And people like cute kids dressed in adorable clothes just as they are BECAUSE of their innocence. (NOTE: These were all LOCAL pagents…not the national circus!)

I had one sister (now age 22)who stuck with the pagents and such on into her teen years. She is absolutely beautiful, is a talented singer and designer but has the lowest self-esteem of any of us girls. She is presently on a path I wish I could save her from. She has attempted suicide once and she requires constant reassurance of her worth from others. The only way she seems able to guage herself is through the eyes of others.

The rest of us? We have our own difficulties in life as well, but none are experiencing as much heartache as she. I am a marine biologist, two sisters became managers in the hospitality industry, and the other a psychologist. My niece is and officer in the Air Force.

My sister who stayed in pagents? She works in a club in L.A. wearing lingerie and letting guys do Jello shots off her cleavage and various other body parts. She lives at home with our parents because she can’t afford to move out and can’t seem to get her life together enough to go back to school.

Yeah…I love pagents.

FYI For the pagent proponets who want to think everyone against pagents is fat and ugly…

I was never dateless when I was single, and I (politely)turned down many offers because (being and INTJ) I am very selective in the personality types with which I associate. I am married with 3 gorgeous kids.

As a cruel gag (that sort-of backfired on him), my 15 year old son put a picture of me on Hot or Not…still wearing my PJ’s and bunny slippers, (I had only been awake for about 10 minutes and was stumbling to the kitchen for coffee). I got a 9.2 (over 500 votes…don’t remember how many exactly it has been a year).

Which just goes to show women do NOT need all that make up and plastic if a bare-faced, 42 year old can get that kind of rating when she still squint-eyed for desperate need of coffee and fully clothed in long-sleeved / long-pants PJs!

WORLD!! PLEASE stop whoring yourselves and your children! Reinstate human dignity!

June 10, 2009 at 9:59 am
(74) PM says:

The things you described here has nothing to do with pageants. You just have a family with issues. Don’t we all? I have 2 “messed up” sisters, just like you decribed and they have never been near a pageant. Young adults make their own choices.

Accept and love your family members for who they are.

July 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(75) Gina says:

Instead of little girls and little boys wanting to make friends with each other, through the pageants the parents/supporters are teaching the young children that they are in competition with each other. This entire situation is going to leave adverse social and physiological problems when they grow up. This show disgusts me, and what disgusts me more is that the majority of the American public will watch and be “amused” at it. These are small children, they should be PROTECTED by their parents, and their parents and the children will eventually suffer the consequences!

July 3, 2009 at 11:41 am
(76) Hailey says:

We’re not talking about natural pageants here, we’re talking about the glitz pageants as depicted in Toddlers & Tiaras. You mothers whose little girls participate in natural pageants should be proud. Those kind of pageants are where real confidence comes from; in being yourself. So stop being defensive, no one is attacking you. Now, as for the glitz pageants … that’s another story.

July 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm
(77) David says:

You are so right…little whores is what they look like. Not the brightest parents, teaching their daughters to carry themselves around in this fashion. They fall into two categories: A) They were once attractive and wish they could be again. B) They’re butt ugly and trying to live through their little whores’ attractiveness.

July 9, 2009 at 5:31 am
(78) darlene says:

good job stephanie !!….. i wish t&t would show the the true back stage happenings , like when the contestants are talking and playing like little girls even if they compete in the pageant with each other ,and its not mandatory to tan, teeth, eyelashes its up to the each contestant, but when that comes off they act like little girls and know who they are, its just like a job to them, just like when kids are in dance and sports etc…. my grandaughter has been in glitz and natural pageants since she was 6 months old, she is now 7 she has asked to be in them since she was 4…. and to that ‘david’ that made comments about them being whores ! your trash…… so ladies dont judge , you only see what t&t wants you to see they dont show the true things about these pageants , im sure you all know that tv shows cut and paste to make it look the way they want it to look to you … i’ve been there to see the whole footage i know better…..

July 10, 2009 at 12:22 am
(79) Sup says:

First glance on TLC, toddlers and tiaras, was as coined a “season sensation”. But the thought of looking at kids as young as 5yrs old in my perspective seemed truly horrendous and grotesque. In due respect, there seems to be a multitude of opinions regarding this contreversial and truly bleak issue. In best interest, I appreciate TLC’s attempts to raise public appeal but as many have already speculated including me, I feel it infringes on the rights of children and just ruins their lives! Prior to some of the comments read, these children aren’t some iconic tool or “play thing” documented on the show but merely the work of some “idiocricracy” and truly perversed mind in order to further exploit kids as young as 5yrs old! Wow, I mean com’on! TLC is becoming dangerously desperate in need of desperate viewers. TLC is garbage.

July 11, 2009 at 9:25 am
(80) Lindsey says:

I remember watching Queen Bee on The-N channel. It was about superficial teen-to-twenty year old women who hate and discriminate, bully and put down others because they were “ugly” or “fat” or something that they deem “unworthy”. These girls had a beauty pageant with BLIND judges. If beauty pageants were more like this one from Queen Bee, I’d probably do them. I’m not all that pretty myself, but I’m not entirely jealous of people who do glitz and superficial pageants such as the one I’m seeing on TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras.

I can’t envision a future for these kids. I try and try but I simply can’t. I saw a girl in one of the preview commercials for it and I could swear to you the child looked like she was 40. It was grotesque. If she looks like she’s 40 at 4, how old will she make herself look when she’s 8? Oh, she’ll just get plastic surgery so instead of looking like she’s 80, she’ll make herself look more like 79.

I’m not going to say I’m appalled or disgusted, this is typical of people who are extremely insecure. Parents especially, who would go to any lengths–like putting their toddlers on showcases like dogs at a dogshow–to have that Perfect Parent or Parent of the Perfect Daughter status.

Regular pageants are fine with me, I don’t care about pageants all that much myself. I don’t pay attention so I’m not declaring myself with a Masters in Pageantology. I do feel that the Pageant in Toddlers and Tiaras is superficial, dressing up toddlers (who should have cute little pot bellies) who look like they have Christina Aguilera tummies in a two-piece suit and being told to “Shake that booty” is just creepy. I’m just happy that they’re doing it to their own kids and not someone elses.

I guess I’m more laid back about this than other people. But I do know that this kind of thing–the pageants in T&T at least–most likely would NOT build self-esteem. Again, I don’t know anything about normal pageants, so if people say regular ones do help with that, then okay. Like most other ladies have said, pageants like the one in T&T resort to spray-tanning, fake nails, weaves, fake teeth, and skimpy clothing only say “You’ll never be good enough.” And it’s true. If a child sees that she needs all this stuff, she will figure that the true her will need more than just her true self to be pretty. It breeds insecurity. And it will be there with her until she gets therapy at the age of 30.

With that insecurity comes the “I’m better than everyone” complex. Need I say more?

July 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm
(81) Cat says:

I was wondering if I wouldn’t find a whole lot of outrage upon doing a search on this show. I saw the previews last night. My boyfriend and I, who are from Boulder (JonBenet Ramsey land) are outraged. What happened to “The Learning Channel?” With all the child rapes and murders filling up the news almost daily, who could have thought this was a good idea? Why is the world so totally f****d up? This is a no brainer!!! It makes me want to beat my head against the wall. I just wrote Marina Orlova (hot for words sex-pot) an email telling her to drop the slutty Catholic school uniform from her shtick if she wanted to come across in this country as truly intelligent and socially sensitive. I doubt it will happen. I will join the facebook community now. This is an outrage. Thanks for writing about it. Someone had to.

July 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm
(82) Cat says:

To the idiots who are into this that put all us “uptight” women down who “were ugly or have ugly kids” and are just “jealous” – get a brain if that’s all you got to say in defense for the most part. So you love it and your daughter’s love it. So do all the pervs out there. Enough said. Develop a real and broader social conscience beyond what makes you temporarily happy. Think of all the pervs attending your pageants, who may look like the guy next door – the father of your daughter’s little friend, etc….

July 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(83) Cat says:

Rae says:

Rae says:

It is horrifying. But I don’t think people realize that TLC isn’t doing this for giggles. That are documenting this. Exposing what’s happening. Is everyone aware of this now? yes. And you can tell by the way the clips are edited that TLC is against it too.
They’re showing it to the world for what it really is.”


OK. I will give it one watch to look at it from that angle. But the previews really disgusted me. I still don’t think it is a good idea to capitalize on it for any reason. The previews mostly show these girls dancing around like Brittany Spears and maybe one stupid parent clip and a bitchy little girl or two.

July 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm
(84) Darlene says:

nooooo !!!
they dont edit it because they are against it , they edit it to make them look bad !! like i said before i’ve been there first hand and they do not show the positive side …. and if they see some one frown they edit that to look like a parent or child are mad at an out come …. wake up ….. you dont know unless you’ve been involved in one ,a natural or a glitz ….

July 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm
(85) Mathew Rabuano says:

I agree with the low blow the “learning channel” has become. I have a 9 year old girl.
She will be the most important thing in my life (of course). And I was discusted with a 30 second sight of the “toddlers and tiaras” show. I was in Iraq for 21 months and came home to be angry with the ways I see my country. (there are other reasons, but not important right now. We need to fight for the safety of the children of this country.) These Disturbing shows of selfish and discusting people exploiting their children to make money need to be cancelled! And if you think about it or wonder, Where did the discusting pediphiles come from?

July 15, 2009 at 12:28 am
(86) Darlene says:

sorry ! but these people are’nt making money off their kids… no money is involved to be on the show … like i said before it’s easy to talk negative when you have no idea how it really is.

July 15, 2009 at 7:53 am
(87) RENIE says:

This show, the entire concept of putting anyone…ESPECIALLY children on display like this is sick and incredibly warped!! These Moms are looking to feel better about themselves through thier kids. They are teaching them how to be shallow, superficial and careless. To be quite honest, they are dressed like little whores and these girls have NO clue how awful this is because their moronic parents are teaching them all the wrong things. I would imagine the only viewers are pedifiles!! The whole idea is creepy and flat out wrong!!

July 15, 2009 at 7:58 am
(88) LU says:

Ever notice how these moms are all southern backward thinking hicks…fat, ugly and tacky?! passing the trash down to their children! it IS child abuse. You are dressing your kids up for all the pedifiles out there!! that does not disturb you???!!

July 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm
(89) Emilie says:

I watched it once, and I hated it! The girls dress,dance,look, and act like strippers and whores! They are spoiled rotten and care about nobody but themselves!

July 17, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(90) Lauren says:

Children like beauty pageants.

July 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(91) Susan S says:

To both Ashley and Ashlea: apparently the parents are sadly neglected in these pageants. Spelling, grammar and basic English sentence construction seem to indeed be a lost skill – you can still sound as dumb as a post but if you can make your kid looks like a stunted Barbie, then all’s right with the world. Looks only last so long – and plastic melts down way ugly – take a look in the mirror sometime.

July 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm
(92) Susan S says:

Soo…Stephanie – your argument seemed sound and reasonable until “if my child chooses to do a glitz, then (like any other competition) she will do what is needed to “put on a great show”.” If your child decides to do cliff diving but can’t swim you’d let her? The reason these “glitz” competitions make people cringe is because minors are dressed up like adults, “tarted out” and paraded before adults to be judged on mostly adult criteria. This process does not seem to me to be developmental (as most of the other sports you mentioned are supposed to be) of mind, body or soul. It does not teach teamworking and the the plastic parts are not you. The dance lessons teach posture and give poise; the other sports build muscle tone and strength. So what benefit is truly derived from the competition itself? The trophies? It would have been more honest to say this in the first place than subject everyone else here to your apples and oranges diatribe against other sports. I’ve done a few pageants myself (and won a few, both as a child and adult)and can understand being so proud of your child you want the whole world to acknowledge it – an on that basis, nothing is wrong with child pageants; however, the very idea of glitz for kids makes me sick. You need to guide your daughter appropriately if that time comes – at some point you got to do your job and be the mom.

July 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(93) Helen and Judy/Mother and Daugher says:

We agree that the show,”Toddlers and Tiaras” exploit children. We are appalled that little girls actually shave their legs! What hair can they possibly have? Wow! Mother’s and even Father’s show their children,mostly daughter’s,how to give a sultry, and seductive performance! Isn’t that suppossed to be reserved for an adult Vegas show, or an adult striptease! The operative word here is”Adult”. It is great that children are in activities that promote healthy self esteem, like athletics,music,cooking dance,academics,or games,etc. But when they only being judged on their looks and how they can “sell” themselves, that is just wrong! TLC is the learning channel, most of their shows are great and informational. The Duggars, Little People Big World and The Little Couple, are all shows that we can learn from. These are shows that teach us what it is like to be; a large family of 18(and counting), of being a family with a little couple, and a family of 3 average sized children, and one little child like themselves, and also, how a little couple who are recently married live. We can all learn from that. The only thing we can learn from Toddlers and Tiaras is that shows like this and/or even the pageants themselves are breeding grounds for children that will be exploited, abused, or abducted in the future. We hope not. The show is a pedophiles playground, and those who object are in the dark and so desperate to know or to be told how cute their child is. All children are precious! Children do not need all of the glitz and glamour! I am sure the beautiful Jon Benet Ramsey was being followed or stalked before her untimely demise. Parents wake up and TLC live up to your standards please!

July 19, 2009 at 9:41 pm
(94) Lee says:

I think

July 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm
(95) Leah says:

In my opinion, parents should be instilling values that aren’t typically represented in the beauty pageant scene. Parents should teach their children to love everyone, regardless of physical appearance. I find it so interesting that the parents who support these pageants accuse non-supporters of being ugly, or having ugly children. My daughter is beautiful, and she is happy with herself without having to compete in pageants. Self esteem and confidence does not come solely from winning pageants and beauty competitions. It comes from accepting one’s self as well as others. Beauty should come from the inside.

July 20, 2009 at 8:33 pm
(96) WildWomanOfTheWind says:

I just binged: “toddlers and tiarras outrage.” I just can’t believe that this program is being broadcast and on The Learning Channel, of all things. I can accept the stupidity of parents, who take advantage of their children. But, how can any reputable broadcaster and sponsor support this? Such a heartbreak.

July 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm
(97) Brandi (Mom of 2 girl toddlers) says:

I think this is the upmost disgusting thing a parent can do to thier child (little lone a toddler). I can’t even say how I hate it. I have only watched it once, and when the mother said, “…work it… work it hard… now pump that butt…” I cried for an hour for that child. She will probably be a teen mom because classmates who will see those pictures will already pin her as a slut. Alot of girls that are treated like a slut, they tend to be one, because they don’t feel there is no other way to get respect… teens have a really hard time with pressure (it confuses them). THIS SHOW IS SO GROSS!!!

July 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm
(98) Erin says:

I can’t believe this sterling mother. It is terribly obvious she favors one daughter over the others. This show is such a disapointment. TLC is truly exploiting these mothers…do they not realize the rest of the world is watching this and looking down on them?
Also- to the sterling mother- PLEASE recognize the fact that you gave birth to 5 daughters not 1. It is inapropriate to state aloud that one daughter is prettier than another…Someone should call DSS on you!

July 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm
(99) Bethany says:

I think the mothers are disgusting.I feel sick

July 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm
(100) Keller says:

The mother of the 5 little girls is soooooo sick and mentally abusive to the one twin. It is disgusting. The father seems to be the sane parent and hopefully he will see the show and take charge like he did at the pageant. The mother of the 2 little boys is just a moron. A 2 week old baby with “stage prescence”???? Is she kidding??? I hope they do a reality show to follow up with these children in 10 years. Now that will be some good reality!!

July 23, 2009 at 1:56 am
(101) Megan says:

I agree with Erin and Keller; that Sterling woman is horrible. Poor little Ashlynn (the unfavored twin) is probably going to grow up with low self esteem and self worth because she is always compared to her “prettier” twin sister. How heartbreaking to hear her mother obviously favour one sister over the other!
I’m so disappointed in TLC. It used to be a great, educational channel…now it seems like they find one new schtick after another and play it to death (i.e parents with a litter of children, little people, women who didn’t know they were pregnant).

July 23, 2009 at 2:24 am
(102) Autumn says:

After witnessing the behavior of the mother (and I use that term lightly) of the Sterling twins I don’t know how there isn’t isn’t a moral (or legal for that matter) obligation for the pageant directors or whomever to provide that woman with a psychologist of some sort to educate her on how damaging her behavior is and is going to be on Ashlynn in the long run. I’m sure if she were shown the endless footage of how she beams when she speaks of the favored daughter or when she’s on stage and how she never smiles, and looks away when Ashlynn performs she would see nothing wrong with it which saddens me so very much her constant put downs is enough to make the hardest heart cry. I just hope and pray this woman gets the professional help she so desperately needs and that someone steps up to give it to her. How people can sit by and watch this child abuse (emotional abuse). I don’t know we normal human beings know full well this little girl will grow up so emotionally scarred if somethings not done to help her. Why women like this are built to procreate I’ll never know!

July 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(103) Lori says:

I think it’s disgusting that parents live THEIR dreams through THEIR children. My daughter is BEAUTIFUL in my opinion, but I do not need to parade her on a stage in a $1000 gown for others to see how beautiful she is…in fact, with all the crap they do to those kids, their beauty is fake…and to do THAT (spray tans, eye lashes, make-up, etc…) to a child that young is abuse in my opinion…again, that is MY opinion! I would have hated my parents if they did that to me…let them be children!!!! LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHAEL JACKSON BECAUSE HE WASN’T ALLOWED TO BE A CHILD!!!

July 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(104) Jana says:

My husband commented that the “outfits of choice” all looked like either Vegas dancers or strippers. He was right. Wow. How very sad for these kids who are looking to their parents to help them find their place in the world.

July 24, 2009 at 9:48 am
(105) austyn says:

you dont understand i do pagents! they help with confidance! you learn interview skills if you compete in local pagents! in the pagents you see the little girls love being on that stage. in ice skating girls where a lot of make up! in baton they where a whole lot of make up and fake hair! so stop thinking people who do pagents are just pretty people that dont know anything! we do! also pagents help you get into good schools because you know how to conduct yourself
and you have the nessacy interview skills so stop and think about the pro’s of pagents it will out way the con’s now you say pagents girls are stupied i austyn wrote this and im only almost 13!

July 24, 2009 at 10:08 am
(106) CarrieAnn says:

I watched the show once. I had to change the channel. I was so disgusted and I wanted to cry. I watched a mother who had twin girls. One girl she praised and said how beautiful and perfect she was and the other girl she put down so much I saw the little girl cry. The show made me sick. This is a form of child abuse. This should be banned.

July 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm
(107) Marie says:

My 6 year old daughter and I loved watching this show together. While the show is on she will make comments like “that little girl looks very old” or “that girl’s mommy seems mean” or “why are there always so many kids crying?”. The show with the Sterling twins is the first one I did not let her finish watching, she was getting upset (as was I) that the mommy seemed to like one daughter better. How sad that a child can see through the “bs” these people peddle about how great these pagents are for their children.
That said, I do think that TLC is only showing a very small portion of pagents, and these pagents also seem to be smaller and maybe on the fringe of the pagent society. Where are the natural pagents where kids are winning bonds for education?

July 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(108) Katie says:

I just watched the most recent episode and I must say the mother of the 4 girls 2 of which are twins is just a down right nasty person!! And not to mention she is gonna cause the one twin “with the bigger nose” as she called it to have a life time of resentment!!!! She obviously favors the other twin just look how down she is on the one “with the bigger nose” all I can say is WOW!!!

July 26, 2009 at 1:45 am
(109) Michael Crane says:

Unless you people flood TLC with these comments, nothing will ever be done. I challenge all of you to do just that. These parents are 1000X worse than the worst Little League dad I’ve ever seen. And shame on TLC for putting money into these mother’s pockets….

July 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(110) Sheryl L says:

I had a daughter that competed in pageants from 18 months – 3 1/2 years. The ONLY time she wore any kind of make-up, she was just geting over a cold about three days before and I put powder on her face for a little color and I let her wear a littli bit of mascara – period. She lost interest in it thank goodness because at one pageant I saw the mother of an 18 month old jerking her daughter around and yelling at her to stop screaming and get on stage. The little girl turned away and her mother jerked her around hard and told her it wasn’t time to act like a toddler – this was business. Well, after I slapped that mother on the arm, I decided no more of this foolishness. Every single mom you see on that show are living through their children. Such a sad,sad world. I don’t know if ya’ll saw the episode this week, but one mother with twins says one girl looks like her and is the pretty one (supposedly this mom was a pageant winner) all the while the other twin notices this. I’m seriously thinking about call ing CPS

July 28, 2009 at 9:55 am
(111) Shelby D. says:

I did see that last episode and it really astounded me how little attention the little twin AshLynn was getting. After she came off the stage, her mom would say it was fine, nothing special. After the favored twin BriAnn came off the stage, she would say it was fantastic, amazing. And after Ashlynn recieved Director’s Choice award, the mom said “It didn’t even occur to me that one of my girls would win this… especially AshLynn.” That time when she called BriAnn the prettiest of her daughters sent me over the edge.

As a little kid, I really wanted to do pageants. But my dad refused to let me… and I know my mother would have never gone through with the fake teeth, tanning, hair, eyelashes, and all this terrible make-up. I have nothing against doing pageants all naturally because little girls are beautiful just the way they are. And does it bother anyone about how ‘talent’ category seems to be prancing around the stage in a revealing outfit, shaking their hips and all that? If anyone else has seen the commerical for the T&T special with that girl Tudy (I think her name was) about 12, I guess. That’s what these children are turning into.

July 28, 2009 at 10:15 am
(112) Dallas says:

Ok, I saw this show and I was like, “REALLY? I mean, SERIOUSLY?” I recently asked my mother about the pageants, since I wanted to do them when I was very little… she had a great point: A child doing a beauty pageant should be the equivalent of them playing princess or getting all dolled up to go to the Easter service at Church.
They should definitely not have fake tans, hair, eyelashes ect. If they insist on make-up then a bit of clear lip gloss is fine with me. If these kids want a tan, they should go outside and play in the summer sun. If these kids want pretty nails, they should have their mom paint them! This is all fine. None of it is fake. If a little girl wants to have her hair look special, have the grandma curl it or straighten it. If you want teeth: wait a few years, they’ll grow in. But the problem is: most of this is forced upon them by their mothers. I have no problem with a natural child with a loving mother competing in pageants. When the ‘glam’ moms say that it’s good for confidence… it’s not. A natural child doing pageants is fine because it tells them they are truly beautiful inside and out. When a fake child does beauty pageants, their mother is telling them that they are not beautiful the way they are… that they must be totally fake to even have a chance of winning the pageants. And have you noticed how the children that have all the glitz are usually the terrible, intolderable brats? Like Shelby said, that other episode coming up with that complete whore of a child, Tudy, really shows what these pageants do to most kids in the long run. It’s truly sickening to watch her. I know so many children that are so much prettier than these people on this show… because they are beautiful and well-developed children with confidence. And if you protest beauty pageants, you are often accused of having ugly children or being ugly yourself… but this is not true. A lot of the children on this show are not even gorgeous little beings because they are completely fake. That Tudy chick is not half as pretty as the natural little girls I see out at the mall with there moms and FRIENDS on the weekend.

July 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm
(113) Katrina L. says:

Haha, Austyn… you spelled ‘stupid’ wrong. I am 12, also, by the way.
And your completely wrong, in every way. There is a difference between pageantry and ice-skating. Girls practice long and hard to ice-skate in competitions. Most of them do not fake-tan, fake teeth, ect. Doing ice-skating can take you to the olympics… and beauty pageants may eventually lead to Miss America out of a one in a million chance and you practice long and hard to prance around the stage in an outfit way beyond your years to see who can look the sexiest. They also proclaim talent as running around the stage shaking your hips and waving your arms around. I’m not about to hear any of this crap about if you don’t support pageants, your ugly. These girls are having their childhood taking away from them because most of the rest of your life is about your looks. It says that the child isn’t beautiful the way they are, that they require almost every natural thing they have to be fake. Fake teeth, fake tan, fake eyelashes, fake nails, fake lips… some have even gone as far as BUTT GLUE AND FAKE EARS. Little girls are beautiful just the way they are. I had once seen a show where the little girl competed in a beauty pageant for the sole reason because people at school said she was ugly. And this only leads to more insecurity. And the people who say otherwise are not ugly.

July 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(114) gabby says:

I don’t know why you people hate pageants! Like it or not everywhere you go you’re judged. So get used to it. My daughter is 3 and is in pageants. She loves them! It’s just like any other sport. I love this show. And I love the look on my daughters face when she wins the huge trophy, sash, and 3 foot tall crown that won’t even fit on her head.She glows. That’s why we do them.

July 28, 2009 at 7:29 pm
(115) Kate says:

To the person who said that TLC was maybe coming from the angle of exposing these pageants rather than capitalizing on them for ratings: I say that if that were the case, they would not have to be hosting a whole series. I don’t find anything interesting about it anyway, just really socially lame and ignorant.

Oh, and Gabby, your ignorance astounding. Let’s hope some pedophile doesn’t fixate on your daughter. Objectification of little girls is no sport.

July 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm
(116) Charlie says:

I would just like to say that my daughter has done pageants since she was 8 months old. We do not participate in high glitz pageants like the ones on the show. We recently were sent to a state pageant for the forestry division . I was shocked!!! Thinking that this would be a more natural pageant I could not believe my eyes when all of the girls had fake hair and spray tanner. I hired a lady to do my daughters hair and make up. I had to wipe her face down to minimize her makeup which looked like a clown when she came from the makeup lady. Her hair was beautiful (and was all hers). She did not stand a chance against all of the little midget adults on the stage but she was beautiful to us. We will never participate in another pageant of that magnitude again. It is teaching the girls that they are not pretty enough to win as they are so they have to change everything about thier appearance. We will continue to do pageants at a local or regional level but the big circus is not for us!!!!

July 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm
(117) Kara says:

I would just like to say that I believe these pageants are truly disgusting. I am a fourteen year old girl who loves TLC, but everytime the previews for Toddlers & Tiaras comes on, I have to turn the channel. I cannot bear to watch these little girls prance around in skimpy clothes with their fake tanned stomachs showing. It sickens me.

To the mothers defending the pageants, saying that we must be ugly if we’re not supporting them, you are hypocrites. You say in one line, “Don’t talk about something you don’t know anything about!” and then in the next you call us ugly, or unpopular. You do not know us. And yes, we do not know you or the mothers on this show, but from anyone’s point of view this should be viewed as wrong. It is exploitation at its worst.

To Amber: You speak of Emily being jealous, and how it must make her feel big to insult your children. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are a mother, and Emily is a fourteen year old girl. You also have no room to talk, as you insulted her.

I may create an account just to join this Facebook community. I do not support these “glitz” pageants. I do not support Toddlers & Tiaras. If you have watched this show, or even caught the previews, you have seen how some of these children act. They are brats who believe they can insult and yell at their parents.

Some of the parents on this show are sickening as well. The posters who support this show have said that the children WANT to do these pageants. Why then do the parents become so competitive? If it is their child’s dream, why do they yell at them when they do not win first place? It is disgraceful for a parent to treat their children that way. In the end, if you win first place in one of these “glitz” pageants, all you recieve is a crown, trophy, flowers, etc. And it’s all from being fake.

To the mothers who allow their children to participate in “natural” pageants, thank you. Thank you for not giving your children, and other children who see them, ideas that they should be fake to be beautiful.

July 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm
(118) Kathleen says:

Toddlers and Tiaras makes me sick! I just saw an episode in which they gave away puppies as prizes! WHAT! Puppies are HUGE RESPONSIBILITIES…NOT PRIZES! Getting a puppy is a huge decision. I can’t belive they gave away a living animals as prizes. Again, this show is plain SICK.

July 29, 2009 at 11:25 pm
(119) one mom to another says:

I just finished watching the July 29th airing of Toddlers and Tiaras, and I was shocked by one 10 year old girl in particular. She went by the “stage” name of Tootie. She is a pretty girl, but her attitude towards her mother any other human being is disgraceful. If my children acted the way this little girl acted, they would be disciplined on the spot. She believes that she is the best, and even states that in the show. There is a difference between having self-confidence and being arrogant. To her mother, I say this: It is probably too late now because “Tootie” has been brought up to think that the world revolves around her, to do anything. To me she has been turned into a selfish, arrogant brat. If this what being in a pageant does her, then she needs to be excluded from future ones. It doesn’t matter how pretty you are, if all people see in you is an ugly attitude of ‘everything is about me’!

August 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm
(120) Maxie says:

I am sorry to be judgmental but these parents appear to be overweight, low IQ mountain folk who are trying to gain fame on the backs of their pretty children.

Though subtle this is purely child abuse. Why is it legal? Pity the children born into this unfortunate situation of on-going abuse and exploitation.

August 7, 2009 at 1:04 am
(121) Darlene says:

For katrina L……. you are are so wrong , first of all ice skaters, models, actors , actresses,etc… wear make up,fake hair,etc…
also these kids put in long hours to learned and practice certain ways to walk to turn smile etc… in each catagory you have to learn a different rutine , for talent , most of these girls take dancing, ballet,tap,gymnastics, singing to be in talent….and they learn how to interview at a young age (3 yrs.old.)so they have confidence in their self ,so when they are of working age it is nothing to them…..also for the person that said they were shocked to know some shave their legs, i was a swimmer ,at 10 i shaved my legs to compete ( swimmers shave the whole body , so whats the difference……just easier for you to bash people about something you have no idea about

August 7, 2009 at 1:13 am
(122) Darlene says:

Also one more thing , when these kids do interview with the judges they dont have any make-up or anything they have to do it natural , and thats for the glitz pageants too .

August 7, 2009 at 1:31 am
(123) Darlene says:

oh one more thing katrina L. i know your 12 , so you should know that when the kids are up there doing their rutine , they are not trying to be the sexiest one up there , they are trying to be the one with the best rutine and the sharpest one with no mistakes , because those judges like in any competition are giving you points for certain thingss they are looking for…just like in iceskating,gymnastics , diving , all those others sports……. It has nothing to do with being sexy.

August 7, 2009 at 11:13 pm
(124) Theresa says:

I agree… this show is disgusting. I just caught a re-run of the pageant with the twin girls whose mother had them compete against one another. She was HORRIBLE! Through the whole episode she consistently put one up on a pedestal while putting the other down. You could see the effects of the woman’s poor parenting written all over the poor child’s face. Not to mention in the behavior of the twin she was constantly promoting. She even admitted at the end that she “Never figured (name) would win anything.” How gross!!! MOST of the behavior I have seen from these pageant mom’s and dad’s borders on abuse.

August 7, 2009 at 11:33 pm
(125) James says:

Just watched the August 7th viewing of the show. A few words to describe the mother’s attitude toward one of her twin daugthers… DISGUSTING. APPALLING. SAD. Thank the good Lord for the father in this family. He seems to be the only voice of reason. The emotional damage being done to this child will not be easily corrected. Am praying for the whole family.

August 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(126) Theresa says:

P.S.- @ Katrina L.

You go honey! Thought your comment was awesome!

August 8, 2009 at 1:14 am
(127) JenB says:

What I am learning from this show is how lucky I am to be living in a country where we do NOT go in for these sorts of displays (at least not that I know of). It makes me sad to see beautiful little girls all gussied up to look like walking Barbie Dolls, instead of being taught that they are beautiful just as they are. No child of mine will ever take part in such a travesty, not while I walk the earth (and even when I’m under it).

August 8, 2009 at 1:25 am
(128) Kelli says:

I am so disturbed by the Sterling Mother. How could she treat her own child AshLynn so cold and treat BreAnn like a queen. It was so hard for me to watch “Toddlers & Tiaras” because of the twins mother. I could already see how AshLynn desired her mother’s attention, which she didn’t get, and how BreAnn didn’t have to do anything to get her mother’s attention. How could the father sit back and allow this to happen. As a parent and teacher, I just don’t see how a parent could treat their own flesh & blood the way Mrs. Sterling treated her child. I think AshLynn needs to be removed from that household. I wanted to SLAP Mrs. Sterling for her ignorant behavior towards AshLynn at the Beauty Pageant. Her body language was aweful. I am so glad the father took BreAnn out of the pageant when she started acting like a BRAT! But, he needs to set his wife straight about the TWINS! I’m going to pray for AshLynn because that child is being treated like a step-child. I’m not really in favor of the show. I think it puts a negative spin on child Beauty Pageants.

August 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(129) Shaelyn says:

This show is terrible for young girl’s self esteem!

August 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm
(130) Millie says:

I am watching this show for the first time and it is making my skin crawl. This is disgusting I wonder how many pedafiles watch this show

August 8, 2009 at 6:25 pm
(131) Chris says:

Just finished watching my first (and last) episode of Toddlers and Tiaras featuring the mother of the Sterling twins and blonde little Eden ( $3000 for a dress!!! – I wouldn’t spend that on a wedding dress). It was very disturbing to see girls being brought up like this in this day and age. How sad for them! Though I thought the Sterling mother lacked sensitivity and any sense of compassion, she must have done something right to have a precious child like Ashlynn. This child seemed to be centered enough to show compassion and a sense of love that her sibling and mother seem to be devoid of. How does that happen? Maybe through adversity. The only thing that I have “learned” from this show is that people come from all kinds of parents. If TLC’s goal was to show me that there are actually parents raising their children like this, they succeeded in shocking me.

August 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm
(132) Bam says:

The girls are total spoiled brats and you can clearly see that…example, a girl finishes a drink, rolls her eyes at her mother and says “GET ME ANOTHER ONE.”
What a jack ass!!
You think it builds confidence? I think it teaches a false sense of “entitlement” and makes for one hell of an UGLY child.
These spoiled kids roll their eyes and throw fits to get what they want.
All these so called “competitions” do is show these kids how to be friendless, spoiled, bratty JERKS.
I agree too that child predators are LOVING that there are parents actually dumb enough to allow their kids to parade on stage for them to salivate over.
How repulsive to care more about money and your own “missed dreams”, than to care about raising your child the RIGHT way.

August 8, 2009 at 7:33 pm
(133) Roda says:

I can’t believe this show. The mothers are the biggest fattest hogs on the planet and daddy participants just SOOOO gay. I can’t get over it. Dysfunctional all the way.

August 11, 2009 at 3:26 am
(134) Beth says:

My 8 year old does beauty pageants and has since she was 17 months old. She has taken a small break and came back full force and ready to go begging and pleading me to let her enter them again. I do beleive it could cause harm to some, but it is all where your priorties lay. I am not overly competitive at all and let my daughter know that as long as she does the best she can do, crown or no crown, I am proud of her. As far as being a pediphiles dream, I’m not sure about that BECAUSE a pediphile wants a CHILD, not a child looking like adults.

August 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm
(135) Linda says:

Grow up Beth. Perverts are everywhere and when you exploit your child on world TV you had better not be surprised by the consequences. This is how life is and it’s frightening. When a child is dressed like a whore, does body gestures like a whore then she will attract the worst. Parents of these children are pimps for money, for cars, for fame and even for puppies. A horrible abuse that must be stopped for the sake of the child.

August 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm
(136) Arna says:

Oh My God! Pure sleaze. Never seen anything like it in my life. Why is this legal? Would someone please call child protection services. These parents should be doing jail time. Only in the USA does this filth happen and it is filth and gives the USA an even worse image than it already has.
Save the children from child labor and abuse!

August 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm
(137) Ben says:

MediaCurves.com just conducted a study with 300 viewers of a video featuring the recent controversy surrounding child beauty pageants. The results showed that the majority of viewers reported that “disturbed” and “sad” were the emotions the felt most while watching the video. The study found that 84% of viewers reported that they felt the long-term effect on contestants was negative. For more in-depth results, please visit http://www.mediacurves.com/Culture/J7495-pageants/Index.cfm.

August 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm
(138) Riss says:

To those parents talking about how their children are fine and they enter them in ‘natural’ pageants… Good. That’s not what people are frightened of, so I don’t know why you are taking offense. If you aren’t dolling your little girl up to look as grown-up and stripperish as possible you aren’t who we are talking about.

To those who DO that, and think it’s healthy and cute, WTF is wrong with you? Those who say ‘DON’T DISS IT BECAUSE U WERENT CUTE’ are clearly shallow people who only value beauty, and therefor shitty parents. How is my own looks when I was a child even relevant? Cover a kid in makeup, fake hair, fake teeth, fake tans, fake eyelashes and she’ll look as pretty as any doll. Have her prance around in bikinis and make her as sexy as possible and she’ll win your sick contests.

If you look past how pretty you think your little doll is, maybe you’ll see how wrong it is to try to make any child look sexy for any reason. Cute is one thing. But these children are sexualized on purpose, made to look like adults on purpose. That’s going to screw your kid up in ways you’ll probably never even know, because it’ll be kept secret from you.

August 24, 2009 at 11:48 am
(139) Penny says:

I only saw one episode, but what disturbed me were the male judges, as most if not all are obviously pedophiles. I am appalled that parents could be so blind as to allow those children in the same room as these men, let alone judging them on whether they are pageant material.

I strongly feel that pageants should not be publicized, because there is no doubt in my mind that they are being watched by pedophiles. Dangerous, dangerous stuff.

August 27, 2009 at 2:53 am
(140) Denzil says:

The fact that the show is on TV is sick, but these horrible pageants would be going on regardless. I guess it’s an eye-opener, to see a part of the human experience that it completely absurd, but once is enough. All the parents on the show are pathetic. How about spending time and money on filling your kids’ heads with real knowledge, and give them useful experiences? Or are you just trying to churn out more bubble-headed plastic morons like yourselves? Yuk.

August 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm
(141) Amanda says:

I am all for parents helping their children fulfill dreams they may have but this show is RIDICULOUS!!!!! There is no way a 9 month old baby has the dream of being in beauty pageants! This is all about the parents. Hey, I agree with parents thinking their child is the most beautiful (I myself feel that very same way about my daughter) But I most certainly would not be sleezing her up, fake tanning, fake teething her and yelling at her to quit acting like a child on stage, when that is exactly what these little ones are…………KIDS! Let them be kidlets for crap sakes and quit living through your children. Let them play, have fun, get dirty and goof off. That is what being young is all about. I look forward to my sweetheart playing in the back yard and riding her bike with buddies! After all the whole grown up thing comes way to fast!
BACK OFF you psycho pageant parents and get a life of your own!!!!

September 1, 2009 at 5:44 pm
(142) Cecil says:

Wow, I’m glad people for the most part
disagree with this. These kids are being
taught that what others think is
important. Most women spend a lifetime
trying to get away from that thinking.
The only person who will judge my
childrens attractiveness is themselves.
The ONLY person who counts is you! What
goes through a 6 yr. old’s head when her
name isn’t called? You tell me. Natural
beauty is a little okay. What if your
child is just plain “unattractive.”How
should they feel when society chooses
“pretty” all the time?! I agree w/
the statement about BLIND judges.
I’m not ignorant, I know everyone judges on
appearances to some degree, but we should
not MAGNIFY looks in society. Teach children
self love (not egomania though)…
Just my thoughts..

September 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm
(143) Tricia says:

I was in a pageant some 40 years ago. I was about 4 or 5 and I recited Shakespeare for my “talent”. I was dressed to the nines with long flowing hair (natural) and no makeup. The girl who won was dressed in an old green jumper and I don’t remember what her “talent” was. But, she was the daughter of the mayor! After the competition, everyone told my Mom that I should have won. That was the one and only pageant that I was ever in. The experience soured my folks so much that when my sister came along, pageants weren’t even discussed. I don’t think that being in one pageant hurt or enhanced my professional skills. I was a debater and won scholarships for public speaking. I think that pageants can be fun for both parents and children, but the line should be drawn at sexualizing young children. Why does a young girl need to look like a “baby prostitute”? Kids are adorable without makeup, spray tans, and fake nails. In fact, I don’t use spray tans or fake nails myself! I think that society is sending the wrong messages to these children.

September 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(144) Janice says:

I would slap my daughter & son in law silly if they ever tried to put one of my grands on display like this. And how can some of these folks afford all this? Saddens me to see these youngsters miss out on being a kid cause Mom wants to fullfil a life long dream.

September 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm
(145) Lori says:

I agree. When did TLC get so trashy?

September 7, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(146) Susan says:

This show is disgusting.. The parents are disgraceful, and the makeup and outfits are disgraceful. Don’t these people realize how damaging this is for their children? I bet this show has all the pedophiles glued to the T.V. Oh, I notice that most of the parents posting to defend their actions can’t even spell or punctuate. Perhaps they are trying to build their own low self-esteem through their children. Too bad they aren’t entering their kids in reading and writing contests, or science fairs. These parents are breeding the next generatiion of ignorant, dull witted brats. God help us.

September 7, 2009 at 6:06 pm
(147) Robert says:

Shocking “show.” Shame on TLC for airing what I consider to be child abuse in the extreme. These women live a vicarious life through their children, with no sense of values what so ever. Nothing more nor less than child abuse, not to mention spoon-feeding child abusers!

September 8, 2009 at 3:05 am
(148) Maureen says:

The only people making money on T&T are the owners of the pageants, promoters, and TLC. The parents are spending more money on entrance fees, outlandish costumes, hair extensions, makeup, false nails, tanning etc. than they will ever make on cash or bonds for their child’s so-called future education. These parents, primarily women, are usually from a lower socio-economic class with little or no education and low self-esteem. It’s extremely difficult to get through to ignorant people and make them realize how destructive they are towards their children. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the mom shaving her daughter’s eyebrows! God help all of those abused children.

September 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(149) Jessica says:

I’ve read through a lot of these comments, and I have to say I’m really happy to see the vast majority of people refuse to put their child through this. I see no beauty in slapping three inches of make up on already perfect skin. Any kid is pretty when you throw so much make up on them that you can’t see their face!

Because of the comments I have realized that there is a line with pageants. I see no problem with pageants as long as the children aren’t done up like the show. The natural pageants people have been talking about seem like a positive thing, if done properly on the parents part. I find it’s the parents who are overly competitive, and the children are left to take the brunt of the parents frustration, which to me is completely uncalled for.

I’m disappointed in the comments to the mothers who are calling posters who disagree with pageants ugly. What difference does it make if a person believes that pageants are bad, regardless of how they look? Does that mean information from a pretty person is better than that of someone who isn’t?

To Kara, I completely agree with your comment, even the remarks made to other posters.

September 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(150) Miranda says:

The mothers of those little girls are all fat disgusting slobs. Look at Jayden’s mother. What PIGS YOU ARE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES, AND EITHER SHOT OR PUT IN JAIL.

September 10, 2009 at 11:50 am
(151) Alex T says:

OMG i watched this show, Pedators are watching and waiting , This is a twisted, watching babies dressed up as strippers, mothers showing how to shake there bodies in a way that is very distrubing to see in a child .
Most of the Mom’s are very overweight and trying probably to live through there children. Sending out a very strong message to all that its all about winning and as long as you look pretty thats all that counts. Even some of the mom’s get very upset with there children when they dont win and have attitudes of indifference. This is child abuse they are not old enough to even know what they are doing. The mothers need to seek therapy. This is exploitation, they seem to be in the dark about pedators, they are putting there child at a high risk…

September 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(152) Alex T says:

I was watching a documentary regarding toddlers between the ages of two and five competing in beauty pageants. Personally, I find this practice repulsive and wish toddler beauty pageants would be banned. Young children should not be forced to wear expensive jewelry, costumes, dresses, grown-up hairstyles, make-up, jewelry and be spray tanned. When the parents are interviewed, many claim that their children “love” participating in these pageants. Young children do things to please their parents — they “love” it because their caretaker(s) reinforce this behavior. I also noticed that many of the children cried and had temper tantrums before going on stage. They did not appear to enjoy what they were doing. I also ponder about the self images of the children who do not win these competitions.

I wonder whether forcing a child to be in a pageant could be considered a form of child abuse. Frankly, I do not like beauty pageants in general, but young adults have the capacity to decide whether they want to compete. In addition, some young adult pageants like Miss America offer some scholarships based on intelligence, talent and beauty. While I personally do not like the message that pageants send regarding women, I do respect an adult’s right to choose to compete.

If adults want to increase their own sense of self-worth, let them do things to increase their own self-esteem instead of living their lives through their young children.

September 10, 2009 at 12:09 pm
(153) DR says:

I was watching a documentary regarding toddlers between the ages of two and five competing in beauty pageants. Personally, I find this practice repulsive and wish toddler beauty pageants would be banned. Young children should not be forced to wear expensive jewelry, costumes, dresses, grown-up hairstyles, make-up, jewelry and be spray tanned. When the parents are interviewed, many claim that their children “love” participating in these pageants. Young children do things to please their parents — they “love” it because their caretaker(s) reinforce this behavior. I also noticed that many of the children cried and had temper tantrums before going on stage. They did not appear to enjoy what they were doing. I also ponder about the self images of the children who do not win these competitions.

I wonder whether forcing a child to be in a pageant could be considered a form of child abuse. Frankly, I do not like beauty pageants in general, but young adults have the capacity to decide whether they want to compete. In addition, some young adult pageants like Miss America offer some scholarships based on intelligence, talent and beauty. While I personally do not like the message that pageants send regarding women, I do respect an adult’s right to choose to compete.

If adults want to increase their own sense of self-worth, let them do things to increase their own self-esteem instead of living their lives through their young children. How do you feel about this issue?

September 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm
(154) Alex T says:


September 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm
(155) Kisha Qualls says:

Hello I am wondering how old dose the girls have to be to be a Toddler and Tiara because my little girl is 11 and she realy would like to WIN so can you please send me back ASAP


September 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(156) Shawn says:

The show really has to go, it is a pedophiles dream show.
These mother’s should get a life and stop using their daughters as a Barbie.

September 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm
(157) Maria says:

I have seen earlier shows and thought them fairly harmless… but tonight’s show is horrifying.
The brunette mother of a blonde ADD child is disgusting. This is not parenting… it’s using your child to fill voids in your own pathetic life.
That woman should be shot.

September 17, 2009 at 9:54 am
(158) Cindy says:

Like it or not folks, this is Big Business. These pagents go on every week in some little nook in the country. These Mommies and some of the daddy’s, live and breath this controversial society. What I don’t understand is that the cash price, and only one is given, doesn’t begin to pay for the money it costs to get these girls into pagent mode. My own opinion is that children are beautiful in their natural state. Once glitzed up, none of the children I have seen on this show, even come close to being recognizable. I also notice that most of the Mommy’s are “Hard on the Eyes”. So many are morbidly obese, need a haircut and color and how about a new dress for Mommy? There are so many other ways for the girls to achieve confidence and self-esteem. I think that, since the shows will be going on anyway, that more attention should be paid to “talent”. And I think the fake hair, the flippers and the spray tans should be banned. These girls should be made to fell comfortable in their own skin and be proud of that missing tooth.

September 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm
(159) linda says:

This show is disgusting. These parent are teaching their girls that it is all about how you look, not what kind of person you are. By the time they put on the make-up, fake hair, fake teeth, fake tan, etc. they look nothing like themselves. Some of those girls look like streetwalkers. The moms are trying to live some kind of fantasy life through their kids. And the people who enter infants are ridiculous. Seems like TLC is getting in the business of exploiting kids for ratings and money. I for one do refuse to watch anything on this channel anymore.

September 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm
(160) Robert says:

Sick, sick, sick….this is as close to televised chlld abuse as you’ll get. These people represent the absolute worse in parenting. Be responsable, boycott any sponsor of this obscene show.

September 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm
(161) Amanda Marie Grant says:


September 28, 2009 at 10:05 am
(162) Delia from Detroit says:

Just about every cable channel has declined in programming in a rabid pursuit of lowest common denominator ratings chasing. The Learning Channel’s pandering with these junior beauties is no surprise.

The History Channel used to have solid documentaries on various major wars, inventions, industry, technology, etc., but now just runs documentaries on pawn shops and guys driving trucks on ice. VH-1 and its Classics sister channel used to run a fair amount of videos but have muck like Rock of Love on half the time.

The decline of our broadcasting and other media are also a deeper sign of decline of the United States empire. In every sector — economic, industrial, political, cultural — the US is falling apart. Our TV trash is but one sign that our time as a superpower and mighty empire is about to pass. The era of the Fat, Dumb and Happy American has arrived.

October 8, 2009 at 9:23 pm
(163) Rodney says:

People make way to big of a deal over these pageants. Everyone screaming, “Kiddy Porn, Kiddy Porn!” They over use and miss-use the term, “Kiddy Porn” for when you find a nicth to disagree. It ain’t kiddy porn! Kiddy porn is pictures of naked Children in sexual acts. If you want to hollar your over used term, “Kiddy Porn” Never buy your daughter a bathing suit to go to the pool, never let your daughter out the house, because after all, she is wearing a bathing which might be too revealing to someone eles standards, and they will tell you, “Kiddy porn” and your a bad parent for letting your daughter wear a swimsuit; because after all some pedophile might be looking at her. Got to watch the pedophiles, then put a damn blanket over your childs head to so no one will have impure thoughts for god sakes! Use the term, “Kiddy Porn” correctly or shut up! Maybe adult pageants could be pornography for that matter, better turn off the televison sets. Do not send your kids to a public school because after all how kids dress these days might be, “Kiddy Porn” for your child to see it or adults. Shave your daughters head and put her in a monk rob so nobody will think prehaps how you dress your kids might be your over-used “Kiddy Porn” term. I about forgot no more kids should be in the JcPenny’s magazine or any modeling for that matter inculding the swimsuit area, because JcPenny’s might be promoting, “Kiddy Porn” and that might be to disgusting as well. No more child models period because we do not want the Pedophiles looking at them and get blamed for child pornography. See how dumb you all get with your bitchin’! If you are going to bitch about the child pageants; then you better be setting up blogs and anti-websites to put a ban of any girl under the age of 18 wearing a bikini or swimsuit. Otherwise shut up!

October 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm
(164) Rob says:

What the ? How did commenters responding to this article wind up getting all upset about the nature of the show’s content? Technically the original article’s premise is taking issue with TLC supposedly, through the distribution of this series, not upholding its principle as the “Learning Channel”, not the moral quality of the family lives documented.

As a presentation it strikes me as educational. Documentaries are works which attempt to capture and reflect a specific aspect of the culture/natural world/society etc. they are born from, ultimately presenting a audio/visual work that stands as educational regarding its topic. I don’t see at all why watching an episode of this series doesn’t serve exactly that purpose, and in years to come, will survive through computer-age storage devices for future generations to witness if they so choose to.

October 10, 2009 at 3:25 am
(165) Alexandra says:

Toddlers and tiaras show is an example of disgraceful child abuse. It makes my stomach turn when I see promo clip of the show. It’s disgusting how those parents exploit their children. They compensate their own frustrations by employing their children in such an appalling manner. You can see on those children faces are forced to participate in this shameful, freaky show. Simply disgusting!!!

October 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm
(166) Chelle says:

TLC is a television network… the only thing they are interested in is money.
Obviously T&T is bringing in the viewers.. if only once out of curiousity or more due to obsessions.

I do not agree at all with pagents of any kind, especially toward young children who are sponges and absorb whatever adults teach them.. vaues etc.

I read all of the above comments and those that either participated in or have their children participate seem to all have said that they did not compete in the same ones shown on TLC.

TLC also does edit.. and big time edit.. they show ONLY what sells… sex sells.. abusive relationships sell.. anything bad/ immoral or wrong sells.. just look at the ratings of Jon and Kate plus 8 after they broke up….
I have no doubt that some of these parents shown have huge issues to deal with, but I’m sure if we met them in ‘real’ life they would not be as bad as shown on tv.. same goes with the spoiled/ nasty kids they show.. we are only seeing a 5minute blurb of this person.

October 13, 2009 at 6:36 am
(167) Zoe says:

I agree! What exactly are we learning from TLC these days? All they have are crappy shows about dysfunctional people! Where has all the learning gone and why are they exploiting kids? Between this sick mess of Toddlers, tiaras and Jon & Kate+Hate, dumb wedding shows and all the other garbage TLC has in it’s lineup any learning is totally gone! It is a channel for people with a low IQ…BOYCOTT TLC UNTIL THEY BRING THE LEARNING BACK!!!

October 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(168) Monica says:

These girls are going to go through so much disappointment and huge problems when they encounter the real world…

NO television network should be making money off of this show – it should be BANNED (along with all kid´s beauty pageants)…

October 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(169) Erica says:

Yeah these pagents might teach the child skills needed in life, but thats what the parents are for. You don’t need to put your child half naked with fake tan, teeth and make-up caked on their faces to give them those skills. Nor do you need to do it to give them self confidence. You are also teaching yor children that its ok to be judged by others and that beauty is not on the inside. Half of the parents do it to either be in spotlight themselves or to be able to brag how “beautiful” their child is (kind of like the loosers who try and make their “pitbulls” agreesive so they can be the one with the biggest balls in their group of friends)and the other half “allow” their children to do it instead of learning how to say no to them. If its the kids that are the ones who want to do it, then how do the they even know about these pagent? Its not like a sport where a child comes home from school and wants to enroll in soccer school or something. Obviously, the parents are the ones that introduce pagents to the children. These pagents like the ones on TLC or not just “dress-up”, its sexualizing innocent children. And you should be worried about the people are viewing them in that light. There is a difference between putting your kid on tv or on a stage in a bikini, shaking her butt and walking through a mall. So sad.

October 22, 2009 at 1:47 am
(170) Winnie says:

My biggest problem with the show was the season finale (on October 21, 2009). What mother tells her pre-teen daughter that she needs to go on a diet?! That is absolutely ridiculous, and a horrible thing to do. She’s a pretty little girl no matter what her size is, and that’s what her mother should be telling her.
Oh! And Mel C. the Duggars “are giving the country really bad ideas about having WAY too many kids for Mother Earth to sustain” is a load of garabage. First off, they are religious people (and good for them to have something to believe in). They have their children because they believe their God will allow them to have as many children as he sees fit. And by the way, people die everyday…it kinda evens out. Especially since she has to wait a few months before the next pregnancy. Evens out, don’t ya think?

October 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(171) A natural pageant mom says:

First off…I’m so sick of people putting down every pageant. All of them are not side shows. Second of all, my daughter filmed ‘Little Miss Perfect’ in the summer and I will tell you, this is mostly staged. I was there and seen it first hand. T&T and shows of the like do it for RATINGS. They know those of you who complain will watch anyway, though you are so appauled by what you see. Don’t like pageants…then don’t let your child do them and change the channel on your TV. It’s just that simple. And yes, there is money involved for those who are featured in the shows you can’t stand to look at. It’s TV people!! Just like your soaps, WWE and the rest of the reality shows.

My suggestion to all of you is to pay the 5-15$ it costs to get into a pageant. Go to one natural and one glitz and really see what goes on there. Then go to a dance recital or cheering competition. See any difference? I have been to both and seen more make up on the kids there than at most pageants.

Relax a little. To each his own. If people want to make up their kids, then it’s their business. They will be the one who has to deal with it. I sleep good at night knowing my child is a natural beauty and we have thousands of dollars in bonds to prove it.

October 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(172) Barbara says:

Simply the most disturbing show on television!

October 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm
(173) Monica says:

To “a natural pageant mum”.
First of all: Yes, I do believe that beauty pageants for children (ESPECIALLY glitz) should be banned.
There were no beauty pageants for kids where I grew up; we still managed to have a lot of self esteem (maybe even more than a lot of the kids in these pageants).

Why the sudden need for parents to PROVE that their children are beautiful – when every child is beautiful in his or her own way?

October 28, 2009 at 11:02 am
(174) A Natural Pageant Mom says:

I respect your opinion, Monica, but, I don’t put my daughter in “natural” pageants to prove she is beautiful. She IS beautiful. My daughter was very shy and clingy and this has helped her a lot. We have met a lot of friends, plus gained bonds….not cash for college. They are educational bonds, so, that is what they will be used for. Some parents take the money, for whatever reason. We did win a 700$ mall gift card one time and I took my daughter on a shopping spree (since the card had to be used in THAT mall and we were out of town). Everything she bought was for her and her baby sister. I’m not doing this to make money, like some here have accused some moms of. Everyone does not fall under the same catagory.

A lot of people don’t realize that most beauty pageants are not based on BEAUTY only. They are based on personality, poise, etc. Just like any other football, baseball, basketball, tumbling class, dance class, ballet and the like, pageants are a sport of sorts. I do not like glitz pageants, but, they are out there and it’s a business for some.

I’m just asking you to accept that people have the right to put their children in pageants, just like I accept your decision not to. I doubt it will be banned, but, your opinion is your opinion and I respect it.

November 15, 2009 at 4:44 am
(175) Disgusted says:

Ok, heres my take on this and to the Ya sayers in the group and even the Na sayers, everyone needs to look at this aspect.

I am a former correntional officer of a state prison that housed mainly pedophiles. BTW, I just got through with leaving TLC a piece of my mind in this regards.

That said, can anyone think of which T.V. program alot of these inmates tuned into each week? Words like “HoT” being thrown around ( to put it mildy ) make me sick. As it should make anyone sick to hear such things about toddlers and even older kids.

I’m not a church goer and I’m not going to preach to anyone hear. But people need to start actually thinking about what they do and how the world protrays them. Not in the sense of “how do I look”, but “what hazards are out there not only for me, but my family”.

This isn’t 1950-1960 anymore where you could tell your children to walk to the store, taking the short cut after dark and know they would come back. People seriously need to wake up to todays age where the “preditors” are starting to catch up to the “pray” in numbers.

Just look for yourself. http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/Conditions.aspx This is the national sex offender registry and you can serch your town and see how many and whatnot.

Just take a second to do this if you insist on putting your children through an event like this.

November 15, 2009 at 5:09 am
(176) Disgusted says:

To Amber:

My god woman, you have shown true personality here. “I don’t care if the show is for Molesters”? That is such a horrible statement to make its beyond any reasonabily civil response and seriously, I would have to say thank you for not being near me when syaing that.

That said, you seem to be living life with blinders on. Do you really think the molesters are so far away that no harm could ever come to your children? Look, I’m a pretty big man and yet being a former correctional officer I worry “daily” about my daughter. I try to think of ways I can not only keep her safe now, but when she grows up ( she is 2 at the moment ).

Parading her around on stage, and in some instances in extremely revealing bathing suites, is not a good way to do so. I’m not saying keep them in a box until they are 18, far from it. But a little forethought into exposure goes a long way.

You sound like someone who hasn’t grabbed a full grasp of life yet, in other words you sound like a young mom ( late 20′s at the most). Hell, I’m only in my 30′s, but I also have an awareness you obviously don’t. You really need to start thinking about your children before making such rash comments like the one I quoted. That was not only in poor taste but seemed extremely childish and to be honest if that is truely the way you feel, well then it just goes to show that you are willing to put your daughters in harms way and perhaps you aren’t the best person to look after them.

Not saying all pageants are like this, but the point was she blantanly stated she didn’t care if molesters got their rocks off ( basically ) from watching pageants in which, who knows her daughters could be taking place in. Seriously, bad bad bad mom. You need to re-evaluate what you feel is dear and sacred to you, because its rather obvious, its not your daughters, but your own self esteem.

November 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm
(177) J'Mari says:

I’M JUST SICK OF IT! “I hate pageants this” and “I hate pageants that!” Here’s a clue: JUST SHUT-UP! OMG how could they let their kid wear that make-up? Well it’s not your kid! Get over it! And I’m also hearing I was watching Toddlers and Tiaras yesterday, it was disgusting! I keep watching that show… stop there! If you hate the show, there is absolutely no reason to watch it. Flip, flip, flip through channels. Ooh! I hate this show, how about I watch it! That’s just really stupid. And also I hear OMG! Who would spend so much money on a dress and spray-tans, false eyelashes, and shoes? It’s not like it’s your money. And it’s not like you can scream into the TV, “Hey lady, don’t do that to your kid anymore!” She won’t hear you and even if you were actually talking to her, I bet you a dollar she wouldn’t listen. That’s what they wanna do, that’s what their kid wants to do and you’re NOT gonna stop them. My goodness, shouldn’t adults know that? Gosh, all you gotta do is deal with it – and stop watching the show if you can’t stand it. This is really annoying. Haven’t you ever heard of ‘If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all’? Geez, you people are old, didn’t they tell you that phrase during the Great Depression? And why ban the show? I love it! If you don’t like the show, don’t watch it. Its called OTHER CHANNELS! Duh!

November 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(178) J'Mari says:

Its NOT like its your kid! These kids wanna do this and so you dont like it. Its not your kid, its not your money, and not affecting YOUR life? Did pageants lose your job? NO! Did pageants make your family have to move to a cardboard box on the street? NO! These kids wanna do this! Why cant you let them? Its people like you who are gonna make pageants gone and all these girls (and boys) are gonna have to find something new to do. Thanks to you! Just shush! So what I am 11 and Im telling you that. Your the one saying “BANN PAGEANTS! THEYRE DISCUSTING!” I think your discusting Mrs. ‘This Show is Sick! Why would you do that to your kid!’
Top That Mrs. Thang!

November 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm
(179) J'Mari says:

Read this about Tootie from the Queens aand Kings of America episode (you probably know who she is sincce people like you do stupid stuff and watch the shows you hate– thats stupid)

Lately, Jezebel and lots of other sites have been talking about a 10 year old brat—Miss Madison “Tootie” Berg. Get this – she is just a kid! You don’t need to trash her online where she (or her mom, or her dad who happens to be in military, I think) could see it. Smart thinking! What if she just looks up Tootie Berg and finds all that garbage! Jezebel even called her a rude name – a B! Grown-ups are supposed to be mature for their age. But calling a 10 year old girl a B name is just CRUEL!

Next, I don’t see how her Native American dance was offensive. I am Native American (I am also 11 and LOVE to watch pageants – that’s why I am standing up for poor Tootie) and I was NOT offended in any way! Are you Native American, Miss “She is completely cheesy and not only was her Indian dance offensive to dancers but to Native Americans”? How do you know Tootie is not Native American? I have a Native American friend and she has blonde hair and blue eyes.

So what if she doesn’t care about the other girls? She wants to win! I’m sure you’d feel the same way if you were in a pageant. When I am at dance competitions, I don’t care about anyone besides me, my team, and most of all—ME! When competing in a competition, you wanna win don’t you???!!!

So she doesn’t know if she was excited or not. BIG WHOOP! She wanted to win + She didn’t win = she’s sad and she is gonna say some stuff along the lines of “I dunno mom” but that is all I can think of. This was her big break on TV and she didn’t win the pageant. She’s probably angry, sad, and embarrassed. And also, Jezebel, how do you know she was told she was beautiful and did a wonderful job. I’ve seen that episode like a million (6 to be exact) times and didn’t hear than once!

So what she smirked? Why make a big deal out of it? Once the camera lady asked “How was your competition”, she replied with “I dunno. I don’t care about ‘em.” Then she smirked. I see nothing wrong. Maybe she thinks she is slick like you had said but why don’t you ask her?

Overall, I think Tootie did a wonderful job. Her rock wear was amazing and her costume was adorable! Divisional Supreme Queen, Best dressed-Rockstar Winner, 1st Runner Up Supermodel, Portfolio Winner, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, All American Wear Winner, Overall Natural Photogenic Winner is A LOT of stuff to win. So she didn’t win the whole pageant. I think she should have but she still did an amazing job. Keep up the good work, Tootie!
This was my article on Tootie. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all!

November 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm
(180) Disgusted says:

Apperantly you have missed some of my points and have chosen to only focus on those that just don’t like the pagents.

That said, my points are not only valid, but factual. If I said something in my post that offended you personally, well then since I did state it as about PC as I could, the problem is yours and not mine.

Furthermore, you can’t honestly tell me that these moms that have the “if you don’t like pagents or agree with me, then your ugly and your whole family is ugly as well” is by any means a valid arguement. Let alone an arguement that is not the mentality that of a child in itself.

I’m not against pagenst. What I am against is the exploiting of said pagents on national T.V. so that the people I had to baby sit IE the pedophiles and murderers can’t get their rocks off.

Lastly, I’m finding out, having taken some courses in areas, very quickly that just from the typings in forums like these that alot of these moms have self esteem issues. Self esteem is NOT having to tell yourself everyday your pretty, handsome ect it IS however feeling comfortable in who you are and what you stand for. There is a big difference in this to be honest and no amount of make up, dressing up can fake that.

I’m not saying that these pagents couldn’t possibly help with self esteem, by no means am i saying that. What I am saying is that there is too much weight put into the “well I’m in a pagent or my daughter is in a pagent, therefore I have self esteem” that seems to be the trend here.

Bottom line, it is a free country. People wil not always agree with one another and furthermore we can voice our opinions. Take that for what you will, all I ever asked any of these pro-pagent moms to do was to check out the child molester data base in the link I posted.

I doubt any one of them have and I seriously doubt you have as well.

November 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm
(181) Disgusted says:

One last comment for you J’M.

Pagents did affect my life. How might you ask? Again, I worked in a prison with approximatly 85% of child molesters. Roughly 50% of those were of kids under 12. They stalked places like pagents.

What did I have to do that affected me so much? Oh, I had to escort them, soemtimes make sure they showered, got to hear how bad their life was and how hard they had it ( mind you they get free cable, 3+ meals a day, pachages from family, reduced sentencing, play time, jobs, training in the workings of disability claims and welfare, the list goes on ).

I would have to gather their property up and would have to read their paper work. Paper work and letters that described ( sometimes ) what they did to their victims. Victims being anywhere from 6 months old to 90.

You don’t think this affects people outside of pagents. You need to wake up. I lost so much sleep it wasn’t even funny and I am now unemployeed by choice because I couldn’t take that anymore.

Doesn’t affect people. Come on.

November 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm
(182) J'Mari says:

That doesnt have to do ANYTHING with pageants Mr. “Discusted”. Did pageants lose your job? Did pageants make you starve to death? Did pageants make you lose ALL your money? I bet (and know) you answered NO to all of these, Mr. because pageants did ABSOLUTLEY nothing to your life!

November 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm
(183) Disgusted says:

Apperantly reading comprehension doesn’t win you ppagents so I guess I will give you a golfclap for even finding this article.

That said, I didn’t “lose” my job I quit. I quit because of these pedophiles and what they would do, what they get away with ect ect. Furthermore, it sickend me to the point of not sleeping ( see this is where it affected me, but your to damn blind to admit it ) by seeing how these inmates reacted to these little girls on T.V. in their “oh so innocent, not hurt anyone” pagents.

The pagent itself hurts no one. Im not disputing that fact. What I am disputing but apperanty you fail at basic reading comp, is that the pagent does affect people, groups outisde of the immidiate area, IE these pedophiles across the country.

You apperantly also have ZERO understanding of either real life knowledge, basic self defense, common sense, and/or how a child molester works OR all of the above. Perhaps you choose to live your life blindly. Hey thats your deal.

Me being a father, let alone one that has seen first hand what these guys are capable of doing, I have my eyes wide open to the dangers. Its rather sad and pathetic that people, such as yourself choose to look the other way. I truely bet that in the same instance, if there was a car crash, you would just keep moving by and not stop.

Such a blind, selfish way to live. Can’t say it for fact, but you give that feeling of being “that” selfish and needing self worth. Proove me wrong please.

I’ll type the part I want to get into your head though and it will require you to reread some stuff, but I hope you do.


November 30, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(184) J'Mari says:

to DISGUSTED and you Mrs. Stephanie

So you’re probably thinking that child beauty pageants are wrong and horrible. Well think again. So you might put tons of make-up and fake hair on your kid but so. Some of these girls do it because it boosts their self confidence, they want money for college, and because it’s fun! Sure if their moms push them to do something they don’t want to do is wrong but if she enjoys it, it’s okay!
What about dancing? Dancing and pageants are very much alike and no one has a problem with dancing. In dance, you wear make-up, sometimes fake hair; you can win a crown, sash, and trophy, and costumes and dress-up are involved. The swim suit modeling is different though. Not all pageants have swimsuit modeling. Universal Royalty, Darling Divas, and Queens and Kings of America are some of the many pageants without swim suit modeling.
So what if you don’t want your 13 or under year old child to wear make up? Then enter a natural one! Even in a full glitz pageant, throw on some mascara and lip gloss! Bada Bing! Bada boom! You look glitzy! Natural pageants show your girl’s natural beauty, you can win crowns, and they are CHEAP! 50 dollars spent in a pageant is a penny compared to the full glitz, over 1,000 dollar pageants. The flippers and spray tans? Not a big deal. Flippers are for if you don’t have many teeth and you DON’T have to wear one even if you lost your 2 fronts. The spray tan isn’t necessary either. I mean, it’s required and makes you look healthier but if you don’t want one don’t get one!
Pageants are fun because they combine dress-up, dance, and modeling. In your talent routine, you might dance, tumble, sing, do magic, whatever! Plus while doing beauty, non Pro-Am, or modeling routine, you get to model across the stage. Although beauty is slow and kind of boring, you look amazing in your glitzy gown. Once you hit Wow Wear, outfit of choice, casual wear, swimwear, or talent you will walk fast and dance to the music!
Sabrina Pendergrass says: “Pageant fever is when you’re addicted to it and cannot stop. I was gonna stop but I was like ‘no, we can do a couple every month’ and I just couldn’t say I wanted to stop pageants forever. I couldn’t say it. I couldn’t say that I wanted to stop because it’s just so fun and addicting and you get to travel to lots of places. I’ve been to many places.”
Amber Olive says: “I get really nervous sometimes like when I was at this one pageant, I had to do talent and my mom told me to go out there and wing it and just like dance around the stage. It lasted like 7 minutes long. I did like 18 splits and like 7 back walkovers.”
Pageant Judge, Nyasha Zimucha says: “I entered a pageant in South Africa in 1998, had no make-up on, I might have put curlers in my hair. I was a big dancer for many years and begged my mom to do this pageant. I went and all these girls were dressed up in these beautiful gowns and their hair was all done up and I was kind of the awkward one out. I then ended up winning Miss Congeniality because it was my bubbly personality that was funny.”
Pageant Mom gives Exclusive Information: Here are some questions I’m often asked about getting your child started in pageants:
How does one get their child started in beauty pageants?
I started by first by doing a lot of research on the many pageant systems. I would call the hosting hotels and ask their opinion as to the pageants being held. They were cooperative most of the time. I also would get on blogs and read comments being made. I’d call the pageant directors and ask for information. The ones who answered back personally with details usually felt good to me. The ones who emailed “bulk” info to me seemed too impersonal. Just use your better judgment.
How can you tell if your child is mature enough?
Maturity will come with experience. I started my daughter at 9 months, so of course she had no idea what was going on. But as she got older, she would see the pageant banners and tell us to take her. Now she asks about upcoming events.
How can you tell which pageants are worth the time and effort? Is there an official guide ranking the quality of different pageants?
There are sooo many out there: local/banner pageants, all natural pageants, high glitz pageants, semi-glitz pageants…it’s crazy. I want Ava to have experience in all types, but she likes all the high glitz stuff — especially the dresses and costumes.

How many pageants can you enter in a given time period?
With our economy right now, I really prioritize the pageants and limit it to only state and nationals. However, you can be competing every weekend if you want. I just couldn’t afford to do all that, and also I would not want my daughter to burn out by over doing the contests. They are fun, but they are also work.

How much should I expect to spend in registration fees?
Some pageants are as little as $50, but the higher level pageants are in the hundreds. If you want to compete in specific areas, such as Most Beautiful, Best Talent, or Swimwear, those are extra costs. You sign up for what you can afford, I guess.
Some people see pageants as unnecessary spending, but if not on pageants, we will spend the money somewhere. If my children enjoy involvement in these activities, then I will support it. I do set boundaries of course, but that’s why I make everything myself for my children. I will find other areas to save so that the total cost is not extreme. That’s how we are in everything we do.

Girls in pageants love: Making friends; winning cash, trophies, roses, candy, teddy bears; being onstage; dressing up; and most girls just love the fact of WINNING!
Read about Little Miss Perfect contestants and their loving mothers.
Brandijean and Jean Pipkin

Brandi Jean Pipkin hails from Apopka, Fla. She recently won Grand Supreme at “Sweet Pea Pageant.” When she’s not competing in beauty pageants, Brandi is a normal fourth-grader who keeps busy with soccer, chorus, and dance lessons.

Jean Pipkin is not only Brandi’s mom. She’s also Brandi’s pageant coach, costume designer, and hair and make-up stylist. When she’s not doing pageants, Jean enjoys riding 4-wheelers and walking the family’s 3 dogs.
Ashley and Tina Ramkissoon

8-year-old Ashley Ramkissoon is the reigning “Little Miss Citrus.” She lives in Winter Haven, Florida with her dad Rudi, mom Tina, and little brother, Ethan. When she’s not competing, Ashley loves drawing, cheerleading and shopping.

Tina Ramkissoon is Ashley’s mom. When she’s not helping Ashley with pageants, Tina splits her time between home, work and night school earning another degree. Tina says “Pageant moms have gotten a bad rep. Why do you dress your son in pads to play football? Do you want to get the mess beat out of you playing hockey? Why do you let your daughter wear make-up and a tight, little skirt letting her hinny hang out? There is NO difference.

Tracy and Shelby Cocking

Tracy Cocking is a former dancer and mother to six-year-old Shelby. She lives with her husband Walter, outside Jacksonville, Fla. Tracy is relatively new to the world of pageants, but has high expectations for Shelby. In addition to being Shelby’s coach, she’s also her dressmaker and choreographer. Tracy hopes that pageants will be her daughter’s ticket to a college scholarship.

Shelby was discovered by a talent scout while walking through a mall at age three. Since then she’s competed in just a handful of pageants. She loves pageants, as well as playing with her pet python, Leo. If Shelby doesn’t make it as a professional model she would love to be a veterinarian, or as she calls it, a “zoo doctor.”
Leslie Ann Templin and Hadlie Campbell

Leslie Ann Templin is a single mother of three, including seven-year-old Hadlie. She’s one of the top hair and makeup stylists in the pageant industry, and has been working them for 20 years. When it comes to pageants she expects nothing less than perfection. To help secure a victory for her daughter, Leslie Ann has hired the best team she can afford.

Hadlie Sage Campbell has been competing in pageants for six of her seven years. She’s meticulous in her pageant preparation and treats each competition as if it were a heavyweight fight. The Little Miss Perfect title would add another crown to Hadlie’s already crowded bookshelf. Hadlie would love to one day compete for Miss America, and has dreams of being a fashion designer.

Traci and Alexa Pangonas

Alexa Lin Pangonas enjoys playing with friends, riding bikes and swimming. She takes gymnastics, hip-hop dance and plays basketball. She has competed in three pageants and won or placed in all of them.

What she loves most about pageants is getting her make-up done and the awesome outfits she gets to wear. She is a daddy’s girl and spends lots of time working puzzles, and playing games with him. She is quite the tomboy when it comes to handling her three brothers—she doesn’t let them get by with anything!

Traci Pangonas is a mother of four with an intense desire to win. She’s been competing in pageants for years and hopes to teach her less experienced daughter everything she knows about the ‘sport.’ With her husband stationed in Afghanistan, Traci must run the household and get her daughter ready for Pageant Day. Traci is a personal trainer and a yoga & pilates instructor.

Rhonda and Kendall Meeks

Rhonda Meeks is a tomboy at heart. She spends her days working her landscaping business with husband Rob, and their four children. She is looking forward to The Little Miss Perfect pageant—and her first competition with nine-year-old daughter Kendall. While she hopes to take home the crown she sees the pageant as a great opportunity to spend more quality time with her daughter.

Kendall Grace Meeks is nine years old with a big laugh and a love of gymnastics. She’s been competing in pageants for a few years and is excited to share the stage with her Mom. But for Kendall, if she wants to compete she has to work. Kendall works hard to sell chocolates and work in the family business to make her pageant dreams come true.
Jayne and Irina Dolinskiy

5-year-old Jayne Dolinskiy was born in New York City, but currently hails from Orlando, Fla. She is a competitive figure skater and a huge fan of Broadway musicals. Her favorite shows are “Phantom of the Opera” and “Kiss Me, Kate.” When she’s not doing pageants, she loves to have sleepovers with her Aunt Elina.

Irina Dolinskiy is a corporate transactional lawyer at Kane & Koltun. Irina is no stranger to the stage. Born in Moldova, she was a concert pianist who performed in music venues all over Europe.

Katelyn Torres and Cristina Rios

6-year-old Katelyn Torres lives in Orlando, Fla. She’s in the first grade, on the honor roll, and her favorite subject is reading. Katelyn recently modeled on the runway in New York City for Hardy. When she grows up, she wants to be a doctor, a photographer, a fashion designer, or a dolphin trainer–she still hasn’t made up her mind!

Cristina Rios is a native New Yorker who moved to Florida in 2002. Cristina manages to juggle pageants with Katelyn with her job at Wyndham Vacation Resorts and night school. A dedicated parent, she always makes sure there’s enough mother-daughter time for mani-pedis with Katelyn.

Amber and Kris Olive

Eleven-year-old Amber Olive hails from Mint Hill, North Carolina. She got started in pageants because of her older sisters Cassidy (18) and Ashley (13). When Amber’s not doing pageants, the self-proclaimed girly-girl keeps busy with Girl Scouts, cheerleading, Bible drill and ice skating.

Amber’s mom, Kris Olive, is known as the “cool mom” and has been involved in beauty pageants for the past 18 years. In 1998, she even started her own pageant, “Carolina Sparkle.” When she’s not doing pageants, Kris works part-time as a babysitter at Jazzercise and volunteers in the community and at her church.

Sabrina and Tracey Pendergrass

9-year-old Sabrina Pendergrass is not your typical pageant girl. She’s a tomboy from Chester, SC who loves softball, soccer, basketball, fishing, camping and dirt bike riding. The only time you’ll see Sabrina in a dress is when she’s doing pageants—where she’s won more than 50 crowns!

Tracey Pendergrass is not only Sabrina’s mom. She’s a detective / narcotics investigator with the City of Chester Police Department. Tracey juggles pageantry with a full load of activities for Sabrina and her three sons, Cole, Jacob and Gabriel. On the side, Tracey also does photography for pageants and portfolios.

Emily and Debbie Tye

9-year-old Emily Tye has been doing beauty pageants since she was 8 months old and has already competed in over 150 pageants! Emily’s favorite subject in school is science and if she can’t be Miss America when she grows up, then she wants to be a doctor or a veterinarian.

Debbie Tye is Emily’s mom and they live in Clearwater, Fla. When Debbie’s not doing pageants with her daughter, she enjoys spending time with her husband David, her son Brendan, and Grandma Sue, who happens to live next-door. Debbie even works part-time at the post office.
Jordan and Jeanie Adcox

Jordan Adcox hails from Forest City, North Carolina. Only 9 years old, Jordan has already won over 100 crowns! When she’s not competing in beauty pageants, Jordan spends most of her time in the dance studio and dreams of dancing on Broadway. But, she’s also a straight-A student with a brown belt in karate.

Jordan’s mom, Jeanie Adcox, is a former beauty pageant queen herself. When Jeanie’s not helping Jordan with pageants, the single mom keeps busy, working full-time at a software company and helping her son Caleb with cross country and kickboxing.

And I am VERY tired of: OMG, Tootie is SUCH a brat! Don’t be so rude to her. She is only 10 years old! And I can NEVER get through one pageant show without hearing “UGH!” or “That’s so cruel!” or “Whatever happened to SpongeBob? What is this?” If you don’t wanna watch it, then go away!
This was my article of Child Pageants. If you don’t have anything good to say, DON’T say anything at all!

November 30, 2009 at 8:19 pm
(185) Disgusted says:

Again J’Mari, you apperantly are not getting the point. The pageants themselves are FINE. The people viewing them are not ( in some cases ). The fact its exploited on Televsion is my problem. Seriously, thats my only beef with them.

Out of all my postings you still have not figured this out and have only tried to dumbdown my arguement to “you must hate pageants and think they are horrible”.

Personally I am all for whatever children want to do IE Softball/Baseball, Pageants, heck I was a volunteer firefighter from my softmore year of high school until I graduated. I am all for them making an effort to do something “productive”. However, I will say this again, having Television eploit that fact and to have mothers from all over the country come here to post about it ( in their own way ) has only proven my points even more.

One mother said “if you don’t like pageants then your ugly and so are your children”. You can find similar posts to this throught this whole page which is laughable and pathetic.

Again, pageants are fine, T.V. eploiting little girls like this is not.

December 1, 2009 at 8:01 pm
(186) J'Mari says:

oH i AM SORRY. i was so causght up with peopke hating pageants that i wanted to proove a point. i am sorry Mr. Discusted

December 4, 2009 at 8:29 am
(187) Monica says:

To A natural pageant mom:

Sorry it took me so long to respond, but I haven`t had a chance to go online for awhile. Just for the record: I haven`t really got a problem with beauty pageants, just that I think the children are too young these days.
I`m glad your daughter´s self esteem is better, and that you are using her winnings for education.

That said, I still think kid´s pageants should be stopped – because not every parent is as responsible. At the very least the pageants should have age restrictions, like for example all participants must be AT LEAST 16 years old.

December 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm
(188) Janna Stevena says:

I cannot understand why people don’t raise their children the way they see fit and let others do the same. As for the individul who is afraid the Duggers are destroying “mother earth” (whatever the heck that is supposed to be LOL) take notice..These people are kind, loving and respectful people. It would be lovely if their kind would repopulate the whole earth. Oh and as for TLC they are trying to show the viewer how different types of people live…I would call that learning. No one has to agree with them.

December 31, 2009 at 4:10 pm
(189) birdcat says:

You know another I hate about these pageants? When they give a tiny, cute puppy to these “winners”. Those little things aren’t old enough to be taken from their mothers and these pagaent moms don’t know how to raise kids, much less be a good surrogate mom to an innocent puppy. They are always on the road and I would be you that within a week, most of these puppies are dead or in a shelter. I hate people.

January 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm
(190) MARIE says:

OMG people get a life! Those of you who are commenting about these kids looking like whores and strippers, do you realize you are seeing less than an hour of edited footage at 1 pageant in 1 area. I put my daughter in her first pageant when she was 3 months old, she didn’t win anything. BIG DEAL! My world didn’t stop turning. I continued to put her in about 3 or 4 pageants a year. The pageants she has been in have always been “natural pageants”. I had never put fake anything on her. When she was 3 years old, she was so excited to get on stage. I could hardly contain her. Let’s face it, they’re little girls. What little girl doesn’t enjoy putting on a fancy dress and feeling like a princess? Those of you that have sons, do you remember the first time your son ran onto the baseball field? Pageants are just another extra curricular activity. My daughter is in excelerated classes at school. She has participated in cheerleading, karate, modeling, clubs at school. As she has gotten older, she decide what pageants she wants to do. If i have the funds to enter her we do. Pageants are a small portion her life but she does enjoy them. She is NOT a stripper, nor has she ever looked like a whore. This is just another level of pageantry and competition. At least when my daughter is at the mall with me she looks like an 8 year old. If i had a dollar for every little girl I saw at the mall looking like a whore i’ld be a rich chick!

January 8, 2010 at 11:00 pm
(191) ashlee says:

first of all i love pageants and i am in them myself i was also a cheerleader to and honestly its no different than getting ready for a cheer competition you put on makeup get your hair done and wear a little skirt so if thats ok then why are you all making a huge deal about pageants? have ever even tried to go and watch one or even been a part of one? well im geussing not. its just fun to get all dressed up and it also helps me with my social skills also it provides money which goes to my collage fund so before you all start trashing them you should know more about them so im sorry you all dont have the confidence to get on stage and do somthing like that so dont take it out on the people who do enjoy doing pageants.

January 12, 2010 at 1:27 am
(192) mommy rachel says:

I think the point is being missed. It’s not that anyone is trying to take anything out on the children in pageants. What people are truly worried about is how these children aren’t just dressing up as little princesses, but they are wearing things that children should not be wearing.
I hate to bring this up but I worry even about petafiles who would look at these little girls as little women. I truly do not think that children of that age can make informed decisions for themselves so it is up to us as parents to protect them, not exploit them. Some of these children even do not want to be participating and thei parents disregard their wishes.
I do not believe these girls are learning valuable information that will furhter positive learning and healthy growth, however I’m not a psychologist or doctor for that matter.
In the comparison to cheerleaders and thei little skirts, NO ONE said that that type of exploitation was “okay” as you explained.
Lastly, there are plenty of other ways for children to build on their talents without dressing beyond their years. I personally don’t see many of those moms dressing in mini skirts or wearing bathing suits onstage, so what makes them think that their daughters should bedoing it? Was makeup and miniskirts made for young girls in the first place? aren’t these things made to attract attention from the opposite sex? What makes people think THAT is ok for young children?

January 13, 2010 at 12:12 am
(193) Peg says:

Toddlers & Tiaras and Little Miss Perfect are disgusting. My daughter and I just LMP, the episode which included a mother/daughter pagent in which a woman named Traci Pangonas browbeat her poor little girl through the whole show. She was so wrapped up in herself that she seemed obvivious to the way she treated her own child, even referring to her as being “content to be average” while she herself had always excelled, been athletic, etc. It made us sick watching it…but like a trainwreck, we couldn’t look away. However, we won’t be watching the program again. It was pathetic.

January 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(194) Cassinda says:

My daughter has competed in beauty pageants from age 3-6 and now she is 11 and is getting back into them. What people aren’t getting about these is this, Alot of little girls like to get all dressed up and be a princess. They also learn how to be poised and be a young lady, which is something alot of girls lack now a days. This gives grea self esteem, as i have seen in my own daughter. Not to mention the fact that my daughter at age 11, has more money in the bank than My husband and I do and we are a auto worker family.
My daughter helps out on our ten acre farm, shoveling poop and feeding animals. But she balances school, practice and chores and still has time to have sleep overs and be a kid. She is proud of what she does at pageants because she has to work and practice to get what she wants.
This is a great lesson for when she gets older and has a family and job and know how to balance what she wants to do.
I have a step daughter that at the age of 12 wanted to have a baby. This is because of the environment she was living in prior to the custody change to me and my husband. Since she has competed in one pageant, her self esteem has shot through the roof, she has learned if she exhibits bad behavior she cannot do the next pageant, and if her grades are poor she is not competing.
She has filled that void of getting her way and running the streets because her biological let her do whatever with no consequences. If children don’t get involved in sports or a hobbie it leaves way too much time for them to get into trouble.
Look past the material things you don’t like about pageants and attend one. You will see these girls laughing and having fun and creating friendships.

January 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(195) Katie says:

I think they should document the real non glitz pageants like I put my daughter in. You put the little girl on a dress, maybe curl her hair or something like that and that is all.

January 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(196) Katie says:

oh and I don’t use the money she wins for myself, I have opened a bank account for her for college.

January 21, 2010 at 1:57 am
(197) Melanie says:

I accidently came across this channel tonight and decided to watch. OMG WHAT ARE THESE PARENTS THINKING????? I couldn’t believe what I saw… I really feel sorry for these kids, some of them obviously don’t want to be doing this and these parents keep pushing them. How sad putting false eyelashes and fake hair on a 3 year old??? I really am at a loss for words. I just can’t believe that any well adjusted parent would think that this type of exposure is ok for a 3 year old… I agree with other comments posted here. These type of pagents should be banned. It’s just not right could this possibly be classified as some type of child abuse? I can’t believe that these kids won’t have serious problems later on in life as a result of this type of exploitation. These parents need psychiatric help.

January 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(198) Magnolia says:

Saw this show for the first time last night. It is truly disturbing what parents will do to their children to try to feel better about themselves. This is nothing more than child abuse. I’m shocked that it is allowed to go on.
How about those poor little boys being forced into the “Little Miss Glitz” pageant??!! I see years and years of therapy in these poor little kids future.
TLC should be ashamed of themselves.

January 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(199) Catherine says:

I cannot believe these glitz pageants are legal!
I have nothing against natural pageants and beauty contests, that’s fine by me. I think beauty should be celebrated, at any age. 2, 3, 23, 103! But not in that way.

The “competition” thing doesn’t bother me that much, as you can find just about everywhere, it’s part of life and human nature….Sure, I think team sports are a better way to do this, but, yet, I can understand the competition thing.

I read a lot of pageant parents saying that the pageants teaches children to be confident, walk proud and that it teaches valuable lessons in life. Fine, I totally agree that you should build self confidence in children at a young age. But in what way does spray-tanning, putting fake teeth and make-up and etc… make your child more confident?

I agree that appearance IS very important. Because people judge you by your appearance. But it is not nearly as important as inner beauty. Glitz Pageant Moms out there, call us anti-glitzs ugly if you like, I dont mind. I find it sad that the only way you can justify your actions is by refering to beauty and assuming the only reason we dont like glitz pageants is because we are ugly or have ugly children and we are jealous. I know I’m not, and though I don’t personnaly have children yet, I find them beautiful just as they are. No amount of makeup will make them prettier, as they aleready are gorgeous.

It’s you who are ugly, and frankly, your children are even more, because they don’t even look like children anymore. And by saying ugly, I don’t mean that pageant moms are all fat or anything I read up here. I mean inside, because I like to think I can see past the appearances.

But dressing your 4 year-old in a pink cowboy suit with glitter on it, and having her do a dance I don’t think we even see at stripclubs is a little extreme.

Wake up women! We are beautiful! Yes, a little makeup here and there, and yes, pay attention to what you look like, how you dress, your hair etc… but, when you actually ARE a grown-up!

Wow, that felt good, I think I had a lot to say!

But, a last thing to glitz moms, please, before you go to bed tonight, just take 5 minutes to think about this, and why you are doing this.

Thank you!

January 28, 2010 at 1:57 am
(200) Valerie says:

I am watching it right now and it is very bad.
A 4 year old said: I just drank my coffee, I love coffee, im a coffee drinker. What the heck?

Im really mad at this whole thing, how can a 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 year old look sexier than me? And I am a pretty sexy 20 year old. It’s nuts.

” I just won Mini Supreme, I don’t even know what that means” … Wow really, I give up.

January 28, 2010 at 7:05 am
(201) Ashley says:

Concerning the show Toddlers & Tiaras —- Do people not know that when they exploit their children in the way that they do when they allow them to be mini beauty queens they are doing several things to that child’s image. They are giving that child a bad image of what true beauty really is, & opening them up to sexual predators who fantasize about them. This has got to be some form of abuse or even neglect on the parents part to teach the child that they are beautiful the way God made them and that they are loved for who they are and not what crown they can win. These women really need a reality check, and maybe even a check into a mental institution. At the very least maybe a parenting class. I am completely against this form of so called parenting. These children need to be put into good homes who can show them what real love is and not whatever it is they are being taught in their homes. I don’t care if anyone has an opposite opinion about what I say. If a mother of one of these children have anything to say to me, I will gladly prove my point. I think is should be completely against the law to exploit children and even babies alike in these situations.

January 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(202) Stacie says:

Truthfully you all are upset at a TV show? There is nothing wrong with beauty pageants for children and there is nothing wrong with glitz pageants. One of my 4 yo daughters has competed in beatuty pageants and it has made her a very self confident little girl. EVEN MORE THEN SHE WAS BEFORE. She loves getting dresses up “like a princess” so she says. Putting on makeup and pretty pink dresses. Now my other 4 yo daughter (her twin sister) is going to start beauty pageants in a couple months. The second daughter is going to do glitz pageants. We are getting flippers, spray tanning, mani and pedis and fake nails. We are doing eyelashes and butt glue. If you are going to dish out as much money as I am for the pageants than I am going to go all the way and do it right. I see no reason to have a problem with any of that. If you do sorry for you!

February 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm
(203) CodeBlack says:

This show is just disgusting! WTF is wrong with TLC? This show exposes these poor little girls. I have never watched an episode, just the previews and the mothers on this should not have the right to breed nor have custody of their children. I would love to see this show banned and those mothers exposed for what they really are!

Do yourself a favor TLC and ban this show!

February 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(204) pixie says:

The parents that put their kids in these pageants should be ashamed of themselves. Especially the gllitz ones. All you are teaching your girls is that all that matters is how you look. If you think your girls are so beautiful, why do you need to give them fake hair, eyelashes, tans and tons of makeup? By the time you do all that they look nothing like themselves. They end up looking like minature Las Vegas showgirls. And what’s up with the moms standing in the audience and doing the moves they want their daughter to do and all the girl is doing is imitating them? It seems that most of the moms are somehow trying to fulfill their own dreams through their daughters and that is just wrong. Most of the girls seem to feel that when they mess up they did something bad. A lot of girls are just full of attitude and act really bratty and the moms see nothing wrong with that. They are raising their girls to think that they will go further in life being pretty rather than being smart. That is sad. I feel bad for those girls.

February 3, 2010 at 11:57 pm
(205) Stacsi says:

Pedophiles will find children attractive no matter how they act or dress so you can not say these pagents entice pedophiles! That is like saying women who dress in sexy clothes are enticing rapists and that is insane!
On another point its so obvious these “mothers” are just making their daughters do these pagents because they are old fat and/or unattractive and want to show everyone that they may not be cute anymore but they can produce cute kids.

February 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm
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February 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(207) mary says:

This is child abuse these pagents should be stopped the parents are abusing these children.

February 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(208) Mary says:

This is horrible take the kids away from these abusive parents. STOP THIS CHILD ABUSE TLC I am suprised that you would have a show that promotes child abuse. Take this off the air and maybe there would be fewer children abused. I am so turned off by all of this and feel so bad for these poor defensless kids.

February 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(209) Pablo says:

I find this show to be extremely distasteful. The parents should be taken out and shot summarily at dawn.

The guys all joke about the commercials advertising this show, calling it Sluts in Training. I am beginning to see what they mean.

The other shows glorifying over reproductive families are distasteful also. Mostly from a “green” point of view.
Overpopulation is a major world problem. Glorifying the Gosslin’s and Duggars is pure stupidity. Without the show, neither of these families would survive. That is totally unrealistic and gives others the idea that they can overpopulate the world and have TLC subsidize them.

February 6, 2010 at 11:58 pm
(210) Paige says:

I feel so bad for these poor little kids. Especially the Sterling twins. Their mother is horrible to them, comparing AshLynn to BreAnne like that. If you haven’t seen the Sterling episode, search it up on youtube. Then I saw this one clip of a little girl, maybe about 4, all dolled up in a hotel room and her fat, stupid mother and friend or auntputing fake eyelashes on her and the little girl was crying and whining, saying that she didn’t want to go in the pageant, and her mother was just imitating her crying and whining, go”waaah, waaah..” in a fake baby voice, trying to imitate her daughters’ whining. My heart goes out to this little girl, and I thought that this was absolutely disgusting, I’ve never felt so bad for any kid as I did to this kid. These mothers need to grow up and stop living through their kids.

February 7, 2010 at 1:16 am
(211) Alex says:

I’ve been in a pageant before, and have judged one, however they were nothing like what you see here. I was also older, 16, when I did one and make-up was kept to a normal level for most of us. In fact it was one of the few times I’ve ever had make-up on in my 23 years of life. The pageant I judged, again, was nothing like what you see here. The crazy use of make-up, flippers, goofy dresses, and things were highly discouraged. Babies were absolutely not to be put in make-up and the older toddlers with too much make-up didn’t score well. I was pleased to see that many of the girls had on dresses from regular places. Some of the prettiest girls had on child dresses and no make-up with hair done by mom. The girls who won had natural beauty and personality, not this manufactured stuff you see here. So please don’t judge all pageants by what you see here. Some do want the child’s natural beauty to shine through.

February 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(212) glc says:

I just watched and I was shocked about it. How a mother can do that? Very few did it because the child liked it. But those things happen and at least in the show the got exposed.

February 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm
(213) Katie says:

Beauty Pageants are not child abuse. Get over it people. Simple thing, if you don’t like it don’t watch it and don’t let your children be in them but don’t judge others for their choices.

February 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(214) Katie says:

PEDOPHILES. I know it’s the internet and not MSWord but it still underlines in red when something is spelled incorrectly.

The point by Disgusted posted above is the most important and well-informed statement on this page. There are people who look at young women and young men in inappropriate ways and pageants are not the issue here. If they serve your child well for a boost of self esteem or a lesson in public speaking, that is fine. If it seems okay to show glitz competitions on television, keep in mind that To Catch a Predator re-runs air at the same time as this show in some time zones. Your daughters will be objectified in one way or another at some point in their lives if they are beautiful young girls. Why risk it starting so soon? The mothers on the show are turning the world into a dangerous place for their children. This is no longer a hometown or even a national competition where the audience is composed of friends and family.

February 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(215) Pam says:

The pageants are bad enough but TLC and WEtv (little miss perfect) divulge far too much information about the kids and where they live. I fear that it’s a matter of time before a child molester gets worked up watching one of these shows and decides to snatch one of the girls. Irresponsible programming!

February 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(216) austin says:

Denise: Child Protective Services is out there and notices but what these parents do is not against the law – yet. Sadly one of these precious children will have to be molested or killed for legislation to be passed. Sad.

February 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm
(217) Andrea says:

I’m DISGUSTED by an episode I saw on 2/10/10 about a girl named Diamond. Her Mother had at least 6-10 dogs chained in mud or in a tiny urine soaked cages in their back yard. They were there to “keep people from stealing her trophies.” I want to know how I can go about getting law enforcement involved in this. I can’t believe they showed that on tv. NO animal deserves to live like that, in those types of filthy conditions. As the “owner/mother” was feeding the dogs, she just threw food down in the urine and feces and let them eat it that way. I’M OUTRAGED!!! Can anyone help me?

February 18, 2010 at 1:54 am
(218) Very Concerned says:

Great comments all you SANE people out there who see this for what it is…Abuse, neglect and exploitation of an innocent child who is being put out on Front Street in more ways than you can number.

CALL TO ACTION: I suggest instead of just writing here, we call the cities where these parents live and REPORT THEM TO CPS!

Let’s stop this NOW!

February 18, 2010 at 2:08 am
(219) very concerned says:

Excuse me Andrea…people who care more about the well being of animals instead of innocent children and fail to be apropo to the subject matter here which is about THE CHILDREN are disturbed in my opinion! Jeez!

This just goes to show that people will step in for the welfare of a defenseless animal over that of a defenseless child…what does this say about our society?


February 18, 2010 at 8:10 am
(220) Jazart says:

This show is truly sad. Toddlers and Tiara’s should be ban – all it is is exploitation. The Mother’s (and one or two Father’s) are living through there babies (Note I did not say children, these are babies) Take a good look at the Mom’s 80% are homely, obese, and so far from beauty queens it would take 100 plastic surgeons to come close to pretty. I would bet money these Mom’s either were the school geeks or didn’t go to school at all. They don’t see that they are harming these tiny minds. When watching the show you can see the babies don’t even want to do the show they are just obeying their parents like trained puppies. The girls look completely FAKE – no one looks like that – not even Dolly Parton looks like that anymore. It’s not normal. I say let the little girls be little girls. Want a beauty pagent fine – no makeup, no ten foot hair, no thousand dollar dresses, just a little girl in everyday clothes, with everyday thoughts, and everyday things that make them happy. These parents are destroying their childs hair, with dies, teasing, extentions – the poor kids will be bald by their teens and not to mention full of acne from all the makeup. They making them into themselves – they will wind up, depressed, fat, and living through their fantasies through someone else.

February 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(221) livinthelife says:

Ashlea: It’s hard to take you seriously with that one long paragraph run on sentence!! Have you ever heard of a bloody period??? Learn some grammar and then maybe we will believe you are somewhat intelligent and your opinion will be somewhat valid.

To each their own, but I would never put my child in a glitz pageant and my daughters are beautiful Ashlea, despite what you think! I would rather focus on developing their brains, not focusing on their looks which are totally fake anyhow with all that crap you put on them!

Shame on TLC, what is anyone going to learn from this show??? How to give child predators a thrill? Gimme a break!

February 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(222) Very concerned says:

Hello again…

Please join me and call the state Child Protective Services agency in the state where the child resides and report the abuse, neglect and exploitation you see WELL documented right there for the world and a JURY to see! If you are as outraged as you say, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT…a child’s life is at stake…would you do the same if it were a defenseless creature like say a dog or cat?

February 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(223) very concerned says:


I am writing to humbly ask that you step up and encourage your readers to speak up about this and for you yourself to take ACTION…some of these children not all are being TRAUMATIZED by the sociopathic actions of these mothers! Please just don’t weigh in…take a leadership position as an expert and show us the way!

March 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm
(224) Sue says:

I thought the show show have been renamed the Ugly Pageant. Not one child was pretty they were freaks. I felt very sorry for one of the twins the mother was nasty about and had little time for her. The parents were overweight and that bald headed father did not care how upset his little girl was. Where do the parents get the money from. Pretty children are never in those pageants. One child got most of the cups and they are useless.

March 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm
(225) Samantha says:

I dont agree becouse, if the girls like it then they should be alowd too. Now, I may only be 11 but I’m in pageants and they actually are really fun. When I do a pageant I gane so much confadence. Befor I started doing pageants I was the weird Canadian girl who was just the smart kid in my class, now alot of people have seen my pageant pictures and I’m not the weird girl anymore.

March 12, 2010 at 8:57 am
(226) Anna says:

For Samantha:
If you are the smartest kid in your class, then why do You have so many spelling mistakes? Maybe instead of pageants you should use the time for learning English.

English is not my native language and I don’t use it every day, but even I can spot the mistakes you have made.

March 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm
(227) mikayla says:

u guys need to tell me how to sign up for toddlers and tiaras

March 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(228) barbie says:

to the all the ones that disgrade toddlers in tiaras i think your NUTS!!!!!!! you have no sence at all and all you wanna do is run that mouth come on admit it your jealous because your not on that stage and shakin your stuff do your selves a favor GET A LIFE ACT YA AGE NOT YA IQ !!!!!!

March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am
(229) shanna says:

My daughter has been in pageants since she was 5 months old she is now 2. She has been in 6 pageants and has won all of them, with no makeup, no hair pieces, all natural. Next month she will be in Little Miss Arkansas, we will see if that one is all natural. I think if you cant win a pgeant being yourself then you shouldnt be in them.

March 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm
(230) Megan says:

My daughter has done numerous pageants and absolutely loves them. We do not do all the glizzy stuff..Tans, fake teeth, that sort of stuff, but we do pageants none the less. My daughter is nine years old and I do not believe it has harmed her one bit for me to put her on a stage in a pageant. If anything it has helped her. It has helped build her confidence in herself and in the things she can achieve. She is not scared to get up in front of people as lots of kids are. I do not think pageants are a bad thing!!!

March 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(231) Savannah Mock :) says:

OMG i love this show this is the best one but yea …. i do pageants and i win ALOT lol ahahaah .. :) but girls/guys @ me and tell me like 3 weeks befor the pageant sok thank you im 11 yeras lol but yeaaaa i loce PAGEANTS SOOOOO MUCH DO YOU LOL AHAHAH …. I WISH I LIVE IN SAVANNAH I L;IVE IN WAYCOSSSSSSSSSSSS OMG AHAHAHAAH YOUR ARE FAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FY

April 1, 2010 at 11:17 am
(232) B.A. Hormel says:

I started to watch one of the Toddler shows, but switched channels in disgust. What are the parents of these Children doing? they’re taking their children’s childhood away and exploiting them for their own purposes.

April 15, 2010 at 6:05 am
(233) Katie says:

This programme is scary! The children look like doll and the parents are crazy they spend thousands and think it ok to pluck their childrens eyebrows and cover them in fake tan. The lengths some of the parents go to to make sure their child will win is shocking.

May 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(234) linda says:

This show is really disturbing. The parents that subject their daughters to these pageants should be ashamed of themselves. All your daughter’s are learning is looks are the most important part of life. You give them fake hair, tans, nails, and teeth. And what are they supposed to be learning by going up on stage and shaking their butts? Can see some of these girls growing up to be strippers. The talent part is just a joke. Most of the time the mom is in the audience doing the moves and the girls are just mimicking what they are doing. I believe that most of the moms are missing something in their lives and are trying to fulfill something in their own lives through their daughters. I believe as a parent you should try to instill a sense of well being in your child and to have confidence in themselves without dressing them up like little dolls and performing. Putting them in these pageants with all the fake hair, tans, and teeth is telling them that you don’t believe they are beautiful without all the fake stuff. I can see a lot of these growing up to have eating disorders and the need to have plastic surgery so their parents will think they are pretty. I believe these pageants should be banned.

May 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(235) Secret says:

I luv watching toddlers in tiaras half of the stuff they say is editing I do pagents and it is a great investment in our future it builds confidence.

May 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm
(236) Secret says:

I luv this show all of the nasty comments are all in the editing I do pagents and I think they are a great investment in my future I luv putting on all the make up and clothes I do agree that they should not still call this channel the learning channel It just doesn’t make sence

May 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm
(237) Fiddledd says:

They don’t call the contestants “prostitots” for nothing!

BTW, the shelf life of these kids is pretty short, if they turn out like Mom— there isn’t one mother of these kids out there who weighs less than 300 pounds!

Want to know how the daughter will turn out? Just look at her mom! SAD!

May 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(238) shas says:

It is so sad that these mothers feel that they are investing in their child, when they are sending them all the wrong signals about what it means to be strong, beautiful, and independent. Being awarded most beautiful ect in front of others that “are not the most beautiful” is cruel. The mothers have obvious self esteem problems and are exploiting and sexualizing their girls. Shame shame shame on you for your ignorance.

May 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(239) caremom says:

Please joint the facebook’s boycott of this show to send a message to the ignorant

May 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(240) Trudy says:

This show disgusts me! The fact that it’s been renewed by TLC shows that people are actually interested in mindless crap. Can someone please explain to me why the majority of the mothers are OBESE? Are they trying to live through their children?

A true beauty pagent would not require these babies to wear fake hair, teeth, eye lashes, tans and makeup. It’s sad to think that the USA is dealing with a recession but yet things like this are going on.

June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(241) motherofboys says:

This is appalling: but I can see where parents want to instill confidence in their daughters. BUT- I don’t see where mothers are doctors, lawyers, CEO’s, accountants etc. Some children may benefit from “winning” as no doubt that adds to self confidence, which will take you far in the business world. But what other messages do these shows teach? Beauty or a created version of it beats out normal kids? If they are just competitions, add a spelling bee, or a geography bee.
Both my boys are very gifted athletes. Some folks were outspoken that I didn’t push them from early childhood to the football/basketball/hockey /lacrosse route. My concern, which has been borne out by other kids they played sports with early on, is that they could end up recruited by the NFL or could be emotional disasters when they didn’t get picked. What happens to the less than perfect? And their mothers? Texas Cheerleader Masacare?

June 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(242) Jorge says:

Makenzie is the most disgusting girl that i never seen in my life, that girl needs discipline, she is vulgar how you can show people like that , this is not a pattern to follow. I am so sorry that this is a kind of people that America can produce.

June 3, 2010 at 1:22 am
(243) lori says:

chk out #23 comment… “I have 3 children, who all compete, ages 2,5,4 and 6″ Anyone else see a problem here? She’s not even sure how many kids she has. Hmmm, pageant and spoiled children on the mind? I love how it’s always excused behavior with “she’s cranky” or ” they don’t usually act this way”. Mmmkay. I think you’re in total denial, but that’s for your actual shrink to tell you on your next visit. I’ve raised 6 and the answer you’re looking for is…”NO” and “lets go, we’re going home right now”, investment or not. These children are running the house.

There was also a comment about the Duggar’s. Someone said if they can support their kids, more power to them. But guess what, they get SO much free crap just because of the size of the family! When my husband was laid off we couldn’t get help to save our lives. I watched one Duggar episode and that was it, but I do have to mention that I’ll bet a Duggar child wouldn’t be standing there yelling and acting like a “pageant kid” no matter what. It did seem to be like they had a handle on them, and if they can do 18 or 19 or 24, whatever they are up to. But these parents only have to wrangle a kid or two and they’re not winning the rodeo!

OMG I could go on, but …….nah!

June 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm
(244) none of ur business says:

I actually enjoy these pageants. I mean, if it weren’t for the show people wouldn’t trash them. But come on, TLC didn’t put the show on so you could trash it. They put it on for people’s enjoyment, like mine. I don’t care what anyone says, I love the show and I’m not changing my opinion. And besides, what did these girls and moms ever do to you? If you read on the Internet that someone was trashing you, you’d probably want them to stop. Did you ever think that these are real people and they’ve got feelings too. How is putting make-up and fake essentials on your child abuse? That’s just the world of pageants. If you don’t like it, don’t watch the show or do anything else to associate with the pageants. Why can’t we just live in a happy world where everyone gets along? That’s just the point that I’m trying to make to the pageant-haters in America. If you hate Toddlers and Tiaras, Little Miss Perfect, Living Dolls, etc. then why do you watch it. That is the thing that doesn’t make sense to me. Another thing that doesn’t make sense is calling the girls brats just because they do pageants. Some people assume that if you do pageants you automatically are a brat. Just leave the poor girls alone. They obviously don’t know better and it’s not your responsibility to teach them a lesson. That’s what parents are for. If you hate the show, do us all a favor and quit watching it. It wasn’t made to get trashed. Geez

June 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(245) anna says:

I noticed that most of the moms are overweight and lacking in intelligence, wonder if there’s a connection. The show is disturbing and should be taken off the air. Those moms pushing those kids even when they are tired and sick is disgusting.

June 15, 2010 at 11:37 am
(246) Ann says:

This show is shocking in how these kids have been groomed to be divas! Moms make themselves maids picking up after their spoilt brats n being yelled and shouted at! Their kids are just cash cows to them, like living baby dolls…! This show should be stopped with immediate effect. If they wana keep participating in such competitons, that’s their problem. But please spare the rest of mankind who wanna see enlightening & enriching shows on TV!

Concerned Viewer.

June 16, 2010 at 2:23 am
(247) Kathy says:

I find this show very twisted in so many ways! All the fake stuff, the tan, teeth, hair and plastering makeup…it’s disgusting! And so are these so called moms who exploit their kids! The provacative costumes and the way they shakes their butts, is way too sexual for little kids to be doing. The mothers stand in the audiences and coach and dance for their kids is beyond obsessive, these women need to get a life! This seems to be all about them and not their kid! And, lets be honest, they are mostly obese, ugly, ignorant trashy women who are living through their child! I don’t know who this little girls was, but she was growling and biting another kid in the competition, what is wrong with her, or more importantly, the parent? THAT little brat should not be competing at all! Clearly she does not have the emotional stability to be in pagents! I just wonder what this is teaching these girls to be like in the real world someday, they already know that they are not pretty enough to win unless they are covered in fake EVERYTHING…I worry what kind of healthy self image they will have when they actually have to function in the real world someday. Sad, these moms are absolutely pathetic!

June 16, 2010 at 3:08 am
(248) Kathy says:

I just viewed a clip of the woman in Texas who had five daughters all competing, including 6 year old twins…what a witch! I can’t believe this witch wouldn’t shut her big trap on how much prettier and successful one twin was than the other! She was saying this on camera right in front of the girls! I can’t believe what I was hearing! She was saying the “prettier and more successful” twin looked alot like “mommy”…NOT! Got news for you Jamie, you precious little girl looks NOTHING like you, thank God! Your daughters are ALL pretty, unlike you! You claim you were a pagent girl, REALLY? Because all I see is a ugly, bucked tooth skank, who is selfish and living through you children. Your poor husband does not want his girls competing against each other and he should be heard, it’s not all about you and it is my sincere hope that he hears some of thre nasty things you say about your girls…and puts a stop to all of this crap. Clearly this is more important than your marriage and family, you don’t deserve either! Pagent girl…YEAH RIGHT!

June 19, 2010 at 3:11 am
(249) Dave says:

I see many of these comments about teaching self esteem by competing in pagents, I’d like to point out that sports, choir, etc. teach kids those skills too…and unlike these pagents, they are friendly to each other. Even when they lose, they still congratulate the winning team, they also make lasting friendships. It seems that pagents do nothing but teach these kids that they all are competing with each other and cannot be friendly, these Moms are just a cut throat…I really fesr wht kind of adults they will become someday. They will probably be the ones who will sell out a coworker to get ahead…sad!

June 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm
(250) Jackie OBrien says:

WTF!!!!!!!!!! i am a soccer mommy. WHO WOULD EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT 2 THIER KIDS!!!! regular kids r more pretty anyways

June 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(251) Connor says:

Can we stop beating around the bush? Yes, it does make you a bad parent if you put your child in a pageant. Any defense you have for “talent” usually amounts to little more than prancing around in a disgusting and revealing outfit to a song. Just because you have brainwashed your daughter to think that she wants to be in pageants doesn’t really mean that she wants to. Get her involved in sports, gymnastics or music, none of which center around being “pretty” (which isn’t really what your daughters look like, they’re just painted to look that way). All this hard work you talk about is walking back and forth and placing their hands a certain way. Also, any pervert can walk into a pageant and watch your daughter writhe around in a swimsuit. Get over your pride and stop lying to yourselves.

June 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm
(252) sue says:

Most of the parents are huge obese women that wear slacks or shorts. I do not think they have a mirror at home. They are dreadful if the child does not win. Why do they spend all that money to win a silly crown that is probably worth about $2 at a junk shop. They must be in debt because their homes seem lower level type homes not middle class homes even. Most of the children seen upset about appearing on the show.

June 27, 2010 at 11:09 am
(253) Tom says:

Any time someone dresses their little girls up like this, and allows strangers to oogle them, I’m upset. This is teaching the girls that it’s ok to look like baby prostitutes and flaunt themselves instead of allowing them to be children. I think this show and the pagents may be causing more harm than good. I’d like to see where/how these children are in about ten-fifteen years…

June 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(254) Tracy says:

It is all about these adolescent-minded narcisstic mothers!! Have they no idea what they are teaching their children??? DISGUSTING!!…Woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:1-2)

July 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(255) Jackieo says:

my little girl Emerson does glitz pageants. She has so much fun and still has time for soccer,gymnastics,dance,and modeling. i dont see why you dont like it

July 9, 2010 at 1:49 am
(256) sissy says:

Lighten up people. Its just a pageant. Never believe what you see on tv. Dont judge, its not our place.

July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm
(257) Will W. says:

I couldnt agree with you more Stephany. First off i want to just say, I mean i’m not even a parent, im am 21 year old guy, and i just googled “viewers against toddlers and tiaras” and got this article, and because i’ve seen it on TV and it’s absolutely and completely innapropriate, and the perants of these girls (IMO especially the mothers for instagating it, and the fathers for allowing it to happen) should be ashamed of themselves. This type of “parenting” is comparable to tossing thier kids in shark infested waters with a rop attached to them, and the perants holding the lives of thier daughters (and sons) by rope and teasing sharks with your kid as if they’re pieces of meat. It is so very astonishing that these mothers are basicly forcing the poor kids to be raised in an extremely materialistic and superficial, fake world where they are targets of prey for the very many pedophiles in our troubled society. PARENTS, GET THE F*** OUT OF YOUR FANTASY WORLD THAT IS ALL ABOUT COMPENSATING FOR YOUR OWN SHORTCOMINGS AND IS ENDANGERING YOUR POOR CHILDREN, WHOM YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO HAVE.

July 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(258) hello says:

I think these pageants are disgusting. The parents must not really think there girls are pretty enough and feel the need to put makeup, false eyelashes, fake tans, fake nails and fake hair on them. All they are teaching them is that they are not good enough without all the fakeness. And the clothes and moves they make them do. It is very disturbing. I really think the moms are missing something in their own lives and feel the need to live through their daughters. What exactly are the girls learning? And people wonder why their kids grow up with feelings of no self-worth and think they have to be perfect at all times. They have no time to just be little girls.

July 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(259) natalie says:

i love it i watching it now

July 28, 2010 at 11:26 pm
(260) Hannah says:

When I first watched this i thought it was creepy but i like this show. the moms get a little too far into it but some of it is funny. I would actually like to be in this but i have no clue where to sign up at. Could someone help me.?

August 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm
(261) Nanlisa says:

Do you know how many former child stars’ lives have been destroyed by drugs and alcohol, troubles with the law, and end up dead at a very young age? Do you know their chances of making it in show business and/or being Miss America are very very slim?

Show business is not all glamour and excitement. It’s a dog-eat-dog business. You can be on top of the world one day, and down at the bottom of the heap the next day. If you don’t sell millions of records, you could be dropped by your record label. If your TV show isn’t a hit, it gets cancelled.

Parents should simply let their kids be kids and that’s the bottom line. I feel that a lot of these women enroll their kids into these “beauty pageants” is because they may have entered them when they were younger, and they probably lost.

Beauty comes from within you.

August 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(262) Hannah says:

I absolutley LOVE doing pageants. Not only do they offer opportunities to win cash and college scholerships, they help you gain confidence, poise, grace and public speaking skills. I have gained so much from competing in pageants. I recently competed in the National American Miss pageant system, and in that one given weekend, i won 16 trophys, $2,250 in CASH, 2 modeling scholerships, and i also won the queens title for my age division, winning the crown, banner, trophy and roses, 1000 dollars in cash, entry fees, airline fees, and hotel costs paid to nationals, a day for 2 at disneyland, and tour through the famed streets of Hollywood. And how many girls did i compete agains? 133! Yeah and i beat out all of them. So yes, I LOVE PAGEANTS! Does that make me a bad person? NO!!! its what i love to do. and have you ever thought that maybe these girls love to do them too? to win a pageant, you have to be a total package! Fake tans, make-up and hair, everything from your head to toes. Its just like any other sport. You put pads on your kids for football, leotards and tights for ballet, and make-up and fake teeth for pageants.

August 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm
(263) pageant queen says:

I do not agree, toddlers and tiaras is the best show on TLC. If you don’t like pageants don’t watch them but I love them. Pageants help girls develop confidence and pride. I have done so many pageants and have won all of them. So everybody shut up about hating pageants. Every one who complanes about pageants you are all *********.

August 31, 2010 at 5:21 am
(264) KELLI says:

Why is it on this show that all the mothers are fat, pushy and obsessed? Are they living their lives through their children? And why are the fathers letting this happen? Take a look at your life mothers and ask yourself the question “am I doing this for me or am I doing this for my child?” I think you will find that you are doing for yourselves. You are all fat and have a daughter that is pretty so you live through her. She will end up like you in the long run anyway because you can’t look after yourself so how can you look aft

September 8, 2010 at 3:40 am
(265) pageant mom says:

I have 3 daughters and 1 son who are all in every type of pageant. The kids vote seems to lean toward glitz… To the kids its a costume party and the time they most resemble royalty dripping with jewels.. what girl doesn’t love to sparkle and shine, who among us didn’t love playing dress up in mom’s make up and what little girl doesn’t love to feel beautiful? My children all know that they are gorgeous with or without all of the make up and hair… that does not mean they stop loving to dress up and get crowns for it. I think you are blowing it all WAY out of proportion. I say don’t knock it till you try it… We are planning our first TLC pageant in a few mths… and the girls are soooo excited…. BTW I would guarantee that my girls hold higher morals and self standards than the majority of those posting against these pageants.

September 15, 2010 at 1:24 am
(266) concerned says:

Most of the mothers and fat slobs just like trailer trash. One mother the size of ten ton Tessie had her daughter practising in the street and the family sitting on the steps of a house which was apparently in the slums. Haleys mother and father are disgusting and the father got up on stage and thought he was wonderful. The coach has a terrible deep voice. I do not know why they need a coach they all do the same thing. The
Sterling twins mother was disgusting and I have wondered if the Child Protection people got in touch with her or the father to check on that childs welfare. I can understand how little Jon Benet must have suffered if she did not win.

October 12, 2010 at 10:35 am
(267) Trorie says:

There are a lot of nasty comments I have read about on this issue. I compete in pageants and have most of my life. I do agree that with shows like Toddlers and Tiaras it is sick, what some parents do to there babies. But I do disagree that some of you consider us pageant contestants fake and fonies. I have gained so much confendence with having opprotunities to get out in front of people and talk about issues that are very cerious. I will be competing for Miss WV USA next weekend and I WILL NOT be putting a fake face on, of course I will wear makeup, but I am an adult and its part of the job. And most of the pageant systems what a girl who is very personable and kind and can be comfortable in most situations. I feel that yes some pageant systems take things to extremes like Toddlers and Tiaras. But when I walk into an interview (the part no one but the judges and contestants get to see) I plan to tell the judges what I know and what I want to learn and gain from the experience. I don’t lie and says things that aren’t me. I am only human and I come how God wanted me to be. And that is; I am a believer in everyone, I feel that if you want to achieve something go for it, One day you will make it. I am kind and loving to everyone I meet (Anti-bullying supporter). And I am also going to say that yes there are some fake girls in pageants that just want the crown to show off. I have met some. But thats not what I am that is NOT who I am. I am a real life dealer. I live with what I have and what I work for. That makes me, me! And I can not wait until next weekend. I love the competition and I am really excited about meeting new faces. I hope that one day people that see just peices of the pageant world will understand how much hard work we “pageant girls” do.

October 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm
(268) Peggy says:

Tthe pedofiles love this program and fight over who will win. I am sure some of the favorable comments here are not from “moms” but from sickoos who want it to continue. There are a lot more wonderful things in this world to capture than pimping your kids out for TV. And those Duggers with the brood cow mother. I hate to see all those nice young girls dragging their mother’s brats around and having to nanny them, clean and feed them because Momma is getting ready to drop another one. This is not entertainment it’s side show on the midway that should have bebanned along with the other freak shows that toured our country years ago.

November 2, 2010 at 10:05 am
(269) dawn says:

My daughter has done buety pagent her whole life.
She enjoys all the drama and support and cheers her family gives her.It is not wrongto let your child show their buety and personality in a competiton

December 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(270) J says:

For all the people that say “My child loves it when she wins”, what about when they lose?????? No, I have never done a pagent, but I am in Toastmasters and have done Stand Up comedy. Yes, I am a VERY confident person.

From some of the ads I have seen of the show, and some comments I just read, I never want to see this show.

December 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm
(271) hello says:

These pageants should be banned. There is something wrong with giving your daughter fake hair, fake tans, fake nails, fake teeth and having them strut around on a stage. All the girls are getting out of it is the lesson that all you need to get by in life is looks. If these parents think their daughters are so beautiful, why do they feel the need to give them all the fake enhancements? It makes me sad to see these girls all glammed up like vegas showgirls. I think most of the moms are trying to live through their daughters. I also think some of these moms have serious issues. The Sterling mom was horrible saying her one twin daughter was uglier than her sister because her nose was bigger and saying she expects the one twin to always win and that she is the most beautiful out of her five girls. She doesn’t seem to realize what that will do to her other girls self esteem. It makes me laugh when some of these moms say that their 2 year old wants to do pageants. Yeah, I am sure their 2 yo went up to them and said-mommy, I want to get some fake hair, fake tan, fake nails and strut my stuff in front of people so they can judge me on my beauty.

December 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(272) Jennifer says:

I think it’s a great show! Toddlers & Tiaras should have a teen edition!! No one really understands the point of pageants!! They are for fun, to meet new people and friends, and most importantly….to build self confidence!!! These girls on this show do a great job at what they do. It takes a lot to get up on stage and do what they do! Great job Girls!!!

December 29, 2010 at 10:53 pm
(273) Lissa says:

I just watched the Gold Coast Pageant. I cannot believe how spoiled rotten some of these children are. You know the saying Beauty is Skin Deep, but Ugly is to the Bone. That was never more proven today than when that child Danielle was on there. She thought she was all that, as most of them do, but that is not their fault. However, she was a horrible child. She smacked one younger child. She spoke to her mother in such a disrespectful, mean and horrible way. Her parents should really spend the money on teaching that child some manners. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that child was severely picked on and has no friends in school, especially after seeing that episode. I wouldn’t let my daughters play with a child like that. I would be too afraid she would rub off on them in some way. Of course a lot of the children there think they are divas and they can be cute, but there was nothing cute about Danielle. What a horrible, horrible, mean child.

December 30, 2010 at 2:55 am
(274) Janie says:

Someone should call child protective services and the police on both on the parents and the shows producer/executives/director/editor/etc.. Child abuse. Pornography. Perverted… All words that come to mind.
I beg anyone who knows these families to call the proper authorities on them. This is disgusting and creepy.
Sad that this is being allowed to be shown on television.

December 30, 2010 at 7:14 am
(275) Shocked says:

I can’t say it any better than anyone else has said it–the show is sad. We have all kinds of organizations trying to stop human trafficking. We read about young girls who have acid thrown into their faces by someone who has a grudge against the family. We are sickened when we hear how sweet little Shaniya Nicole Davis from NC was found murdered and her mother accused of selling her into sexual servitude to pay off a drug debt. Yet we as a nation accept this human degradation known as ‘the glam and glitz pageant’. Sure, the young people who participate or the adults who did it as kids and turned out alright have the voice to say, “Hey, I loved the pageants and turned out a well-balanced individual.” Where are the voices of the ones who didn’t turn out ‘OK’? Are some of them silenced forever because they overdosed, slit their wrists, or are just in too much pain to speak out?

I appreciated the comment about the puppy as a prize. Little children AND little animals being exploited all at one time…so very sad.

December 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm
(276) shortyg says:

Well, some people can justify anything they do. Why would any mother deliberately put their child in a position to be hurt? Danielles’ mom is a prime example. Everyone in Danielles’ family spend every waking moment telling her how beautiful and perfect she is.Next you put her in front of judges who don’t happen to agree that she is the most beautiful little girl in the universe. So, she does’nt win and has a total and utter meltdown. Mom. teach her to be a winner.but teach her to be a gracious loser.
In the real world you win some and lose some! the real beauty is in getting back up and trying your best. If you can do that. you’re already a winner!

January 3, 2011 at 10:13 am
(277) nora says:

I watch the show with my 13 year old daughter, while my first thoughts on seeing Danielle where “what a mean child”, my daughter pointed out that Danielle is the child her mother has made, and wondered what her time at school is like, she probably talks down to all the other girls and most likley spends lunchtime and recess alone. While these pageants are not what I would put my child into, there are pushy parents involved in all activities, sports, spelling bees and even girl scouts(yes I have seen the parent who would go to any lenghts to have her child sell more cookies than anyone else). Most of us have enough stress in our day to day lives withot adding the pressure that these competitions bring. As a parent I focus on trying to raise my kids to have self esteem and not measure their self worth on being prettier or better at sports than their peers.

January 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(278) puggles says:

i don’t think all pageants should be banned. there are some pageants that are good for the self esteem of little girls, but toddlers and tiaras chooses to ignore those and show only the extreme glitz pageants. they seem to want the shock effect rather then giving information.
there are some pageants that have strict rules against fake hair, fake nails, fake tans, and a barrel full of make up.
i think pageants should only exist for girls around 8 or so, when they are actually understanding what a pageant entails and that not winning does not mean they are not beautiful.
and some of the moms are absolutely insane. they say their daughters are enjoying the pageants and that they love it, and at the same time their kid is crying and screaming and asking to go home. clearly, they don’t want to do it.

January 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm
(279) dominique says:

Someones gotta say it… like honestly, are these parents not thinking about all the creeps and petophiles out there? All over the world theres a massive problem with this stuff… which is why (in canada anyway) the national sex offenders list is the only criminal records you can search on someone off of google, because its a seriouse issue….so now these parents are parading their kids around in next to nothing trying to make them look like there 20, giving creeps new material to look at, and the names of these kids and home towns and such.. doesnt seem to smart to me?! Not only that, it isnt benifiting the children in anyway what so ever.. ive watched the show and everytime ive seen it on theres a poor little girl crying how she doesnt want to be on it but it makes mommy happy or makes mommy love them… pathetic.. its utterly disgusting! i wish i could write tlc a letter haha

January 8, 2011 at 7:24 am
(280) Lynn says:

While I agree that many of these parents and kids go overboard on the pageants, my daughter is begging to do one and I am willing to let her be in one of the glitz pageants if she is willing to do the work to prepare and is still interested when the time comes. I have worked with pedophiles for years as a psychiatric nurse and your children are more likely to be molested/sexually abused by a family member or trusted friend than a stranger at a pageant. Most of these pageant kids are never let out of the sight of a parent while they are at an event and are watched closer than many other children.
It can be a positive or negative experience for the kids, just as any other activity. It all depends on what they are taught in the process.

January 13, 2011 at 12:27 am
(281) kelly says:

Those little “Divas” look like white trash. I’m sure their pageant money will go to buy a trailer house with Bubba some day. And for the record those pageant weirdos calling the rest of us normal moms “ugly” Take a look in the mirror and listen to yourself speak. You cannot even form an intelligent sentence and you look like you were ridden hard and put up wet.

You have no class and no taste…and you aren’t “beautiful” Children, all children are beautiful because they are innocent and pure. Your kiddies are already jaded. And maybe you enjoy some 40 yer old greasy bald guy pleasuring himself to your painted up kid.


January 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm
(282) Vickie Masingill says:

I could’ve never imagined TLC would stoop to this level of criminality, and aghast that no Child Protection authorities have done anything to halt the furtherance of this blatant abuse of children. I will not stand idly by while this persists, but, I will be on a mission to try to educate the ignorant public that are nauseatingly duped and actually entertained by such–at the emotional expence of these precious gifts from God. I pray their parents wise up…if not, I hope the little ones are removed from such wickedness and placed with mature, nurturing adults.

January 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm
(283) lp says:

What a disgusting show typical america with all the child abuse about this just glorifies it. this is for the fat mothers who are trying to live their life through their daughters. please their children not show bunnies. get a grip its such a shame mothers are like this their are children not DOLLS

January 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm
(284) lp says:

i work in child care and i agree. toddlers and tiaras is a peverts paradise get real parents. do you know what a paedophile likes well just in case you don’t children FOR GODS SAKE COVER THEM UP

January 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm
(285) Ban The Show! says:

I think that this show is disgusting. Spray tanning your child, getting their teeth capped, buying hairpieces, throwing as much tinsel and glitter on them as possible while trying not to cover their stick-thin bellies is disturbing and wrong. The age group for that show that they focus on is from 5 months old to around 7 years old. Children their ages (ESPECIALLY THE BABIES) should NEVER be thrown onstage in a small bikini with orange skin by their mothers. They should be getting filthy in a sandbox, having playdates with their friends and making mud-pies for their fathers. Let your kids enjoy their carefree days while they still have them! Life is short and you’re only a child once! This is to all those pageant mothers out there. YOU DISGUST ME.

January 20, 2011 at 12:39 am
(286) akg1969 says:

W.T.F this show is so sick why would you do this to your kids I have a four yr old little girl and this show disturbs me to no end I think its immoral it screws these kids up allows pedophiles to enjoy there sick fantasizes its soft core porn for them and these fat mother’s that are trying to relive there lives through there kids at cows your a parent and do not deserve a child so many good people cant have or have lost children and these parents are exploiting them and the t.l.c. channel lost me as a viewer thats for sure stop the madness please wake up you sick people.

January 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm
(287) dancr says:

I am now 30 but was a competitive dancer in my teen years. Back then, even as a teenager we didn’t wear much revealing clothing in our performances. I have always loved dancing and teaching and always thought I’d put any of my future children in dance, however now I’m starting to question that too. Dance has become similar to the pageants in terms of the provocative nature. Sure these young girls are extremely talented, but they dance like adults and are dressed to look like them, just like this pageant show.
Has anyone seen the “single ladies” you tube video of the 7-9 year olds? They are amazingly talented but the costumes and some of the moves are very inappropriate.

January 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm
(288) Nanlisa says:

This show simply exploits young children. These parents will simply do anything to make sure that their precious little ones become the next showbiz diva like Britney Spears, J. Lo, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Mariah Carey or Diana Ross, or even a future Miss America. Fake tans, elaborate hairdos, fancy dresses, and make up on a two-year-old? Come on now!
Let’s get real here!

Do parents know how many former child stars’ lives have been destroyed through drugs and alcohol, getting in trouble with the law, committing suicide, and end up dead at a young age? Let kids simply be kids. Don’t push the fake hope that show business brings.

January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(289) EMMA says:


January 27, 2011 at 12:32 am
(290) Tricia says:

I find this show thoroughly disgusting. The least we could do is not give these mothers, who are victimizing their own daughters, the time of day! I have the same opinion of this show as I did the Jerry Springer Show. Ignorance needs no attention. I am a youth development specialist, and believe me, these little girls will have a hard time in society. They are growing up around superficiality and will lack substance in their lives. The high school prom queen gets out into the real world. Imagine how much worse it is with their starting at two years of age, learning to be plastic! How sad!
If I can stand to watch it long enough, I’ll see who the sponsors are and then let them know that I will boycott them. If TLC doesn’t care enough about these little girls, maybe their sponsors will have a conscience!

January 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(291) chelsea says:

I am 15 and i do pageants and i totally agree with all the fake hair, lashes, and everything else it makes it all fun and you cant win not being beautiful! I will be a peageant mom one day and my little girl will be all done with her tan, make, lashes, and the full 9yrds.:)

January 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm
(292) senija says:

these girls look absolutey beautiful!!! all dressed u!! dont hate apprecaite

January 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm
(293) Petranef says:

This show is an abomination because it exploits these poor children every bit as much as the pageants do. Both need to be abolished. I am also vastly amused that 99% of the pro-pageant people commenting here are barely semi-literate, and cannot justly defend their horrible little subculture without resorting to juvenile name-calling. Rather makes the point, don’t you think?

Oddly enough, self-esteem and self-confidence for young women can be achieved through academic and/or artistic accomplishments. To defend this pageant practice by claiming that women’s healthy personal development can be realized by forcing them into displaying themselves as sexualized objects from babyhood is despicable.

January 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm
(294) Nanlisa says:

For heavens’ sakes! Let kids be kids! These parents are out of their minds. Entering their kids into a grown-up beauty pageant! Fake tans, fancy hairdos, make-up, and skimpy outfits. They want their precious little darlings become either the next Britney Spears, J. Lo, Madonna, or even Miss America.

Parents think that show business is all glamour and excitement, fame and fortune, but it’s not. It’s a a tough, mean, nasty, and dog-eat-dog business. How many sad and tragic stories have you heard about these former child stars whose lives were destroyed by either alcohol or drugs; as well as getting in trouble with the law and end up dead at a very young age. In show business, you can be on top of the world one day, and down at the bottom of the heap the next day.

These children also need an education as well. Many people in show business are high school and college graduates.

Parents; please just let your kids be kids. Get them involved with activities more suited to their own ages. Show business and child beauty pageants is not the way to go.

February 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm
(295) Brittney (age 13) says:

i’v seen the show and i would have to agree it should be banned all the kids on the show are brats and they get whatever they want. everything is fake and changes what kids think what being pretty is.But i would have to disagree that all pagents should bee banned because as you get older you do have a choice if you want to do a pagent or not.

February 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm
(296) Nanlisa says:

Not only are these poor little innocent children paraded around and dressed like Las Vegas showgirls, they also like little divas and spoiled brats. And they are very disrespectful to their parents to their parents as well.

Let me tell you this parents: when I was nine years old, I told my next door neighbor to shut up. And the next morning, my father gave it to me on my you-know-what! You need to teach your children to respect you.

What’s wrong with putting these kids in more age-appropriate activities. There’s the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, sports, school or even church activities. If you’re going to take your child to dance lessons, you don’t have to dress her up like a little hooker.

Come on; let’s get real here. Fancy hairdos, fake tans, provocative dresses, and makeup on an innocent little child is way too much. I heard about the episode where the mother had her little five-year-old’s eyebrows waxed, and the poor little girl was screaming and crying.

These parents will do anything at all costs to make sure that their precious little ones become the next J. Lo, Britney Spears, Madonna, or Christina Aguilera. But all they’re doing is just simply exploiting these little kids kids.

Show business is not all glitz and glamour. It is hard work and dog-eat-dog business. How many people make it show business? You can be on top of the world one day, and then down at the bottom of the heap the next day.

Also, how many times have you heard these tragic stories of some of these former child stars? Drugs. Alcohol. Getting in trouble with the law. Being typecast and rejected by Hollywood. Ending up dead at a very young age. Is this what you want for your kids?

Parents should simply let their kids be normal. There are plenty of age-appropriate activities that their kids can get involved in. They also need to focus on their education as well. Many people in show business are after all high school and college graduates. Dpn’t push them into any activities that they don’t want to do.

Just let kids be kids. You know, they only get one childhood.

February 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(297) Elle says:

I became physically ill watching this spectacle, Yet for some reason I watched the marathon for over two hours. I think I was waiting to see some redeeming value in what these poor little kids are put through. It was like animals being abused in the circus for entertainment. This is blatant abuse to the two and three year olds especially.

February 7, 2011 at 2:24 am

I didn’t have enough patience to read all of the comments, but those of you that say your 2 year old “chooses” their outfits and makeup choice are ignorant, self-absorbed, classless individuals. I would like to point out that most of you lack the intelligence to form grammatically correct sentences, as is evidenced by your posts. Why don’t you spend more time and money getting your GED than buying ridiculous outfits for your infants?

Understand that when you teach children that appearances are more important that intelligence, you are crippling an individual. Yes, your child may be very intelligent, but what you are doing is filling their heads with the idea that looks are important. Oh, yes, you say that their “personalities” win them the competition… I love hearing Anna say, “When I grow up I want to be a doctor or a lawyer.” Real personality for you: “I want to be a non-individual and make money because that is the most fulfilling thing in life.” First of all, be a doctor or a lawyer; they don’t transpose that much. Second of all, you don’t know what you want when you’re 4. Saying that you want to be a doctor or a lawyer means that if you get past your self-absorbedness enough to get into a legitimate college, you will choose a degree in the college of liberal arts in either science or arts. Good for you.

For those of you that have children that say that they aspire to be famous, well, then your child has just signed up for whoredom. If being famous is this most important thing in their lives than there’s no stopping what or who they will do to get there. Can you admit that your own child runs over you and throws tantrums because they think they are the f-ing Queen of Sheba? Awesome parenting, losers.

Also, to the individual who said that everyone is just jealous because they were not pretty or popular… What are you doing with those looks, beautiful? Being a single mom, working at the exotic car wash. No, you’re awesome, that’s right.

February 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm
(299) Brandi says:

I think all you people spazzing out need to calm down..If you have a problem with the show DON’T WATCH IT! are you stupid? is your life that pity that you need to come on the toddlers & tiaras website and complain about it. wow. if you watch the show you understand that the kids want to do it! everytime I watch the show I see each kid say “I love pagents and I want to do them forever!” nobody is there but the kid! all you moms that are being annoying as hell about hating the show..WHY ARE YOU HERE? cause frankly, other people don’t care! The show does give your kid self-asteem,confidence and so much more things you need for the real world. I wish my mom would have put me into pagents! I loved dressing up and putting makeup on as a child. it was so fun for me and you get to meet new kids and it looks so fun!
p.s to all the annoying moms or other stupid people- go watch barney. (but for you it might be to graphical..)

February 12, 2011 at 12:51 am
(300) Kiki says:

Of course it’s a group of Canadians who have started the Facebook petition! We would never put up with a freak show like that in Canada, nor do we have or produce shows like that. It’s simply not the Canadian way of raising a child. Americans should perhaps listen closely to what Canadians have to say, learn more about our values. Shame on America for creating shows like that and for encouraging TLC by watching them!

February 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm
(301) Carol says:

I have watched this show one Sunday when I had nothing else to watch. It surprised me as this show has no value whatsoever. It is not teaching the children anything except how to get their own way and if you are not pretty then you are worthless. Also what about these people that prey upon children. This is out and out child abuse. The show that I watched a couple of the children did not want to be there. This show is more for the mother’s to show off and get back their youth. Take this show off the air and let these children be children.

February 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm
(302) Sally says:

After watching two episodes featuring a little girl named Makenzie, I am wondering if she and her Mother might need to see a therapist. All the people on the show who deal with this child say they have never met anyone like her, and not in a good way. She’s pretty, talented, and rude to everyone. Totally out of control and obnoxious. I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t her way of crying out for boundaries and rules, as she doesn’t seem to have any. She might even have some sort of psychological issue.

February 21, 2011 at 11:06 am
(303) Stephanie Brown says:

My daughter does pageants…shes never competed glitz, shes been in a glitz pageant and did very well with her natural beauty. We dont do fake hair, we dont do fake teeth, and no spray tan either. However we can not throw stones at glass houses…just remember that. No one is perfect, and we all are competitive and try our best to win at everything we do…

February 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm
(304) Sandra says:

OMG I cant believe that poeple are acually sayin that if we dont agree with what in those pagents then our kids must be ugly. I have a very beutiful grandaughter. She is 5 and when she watched the show the other day she said, look mommy those kids look like fake people. This comming from a 5 year old. COME ONE PARENTS, dont you know how much damage you are doing to those inocent kids . What with fake tanning, hairspray, falce teeth , falce lashes. All your teaching your kids is that you need to put falce products on your body to be beautiful. Ive even seen mothers medicating their kids so they can control them. Ive also seen mothers and fathers feeding pop in baby bottles to keep their kids on a sugar high. I even sen one kid who had eaten over 20 sugar pixi sticks and the parents think that ok. Parents even tell their kids that they are ugly if they cry. OMG. Talk about bad parenting these parents are the worse. These kids dont know how to be a normal kid. And what about schooling. Howw can a child be in all those stupid pagents and have a proper education. They cant.

February 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm
(305) EEEeeeekkkkk! says:

Poor kids! Cealy is a FAT kid – I think her fat Mom is trying to be accepted through her fat kid. Tell her to SUCK IN??? The poor kid could not breathe. And he comment about how winning is addictive – JESUS! It was a personal win for her, not her daughter. Cealy is not all that pretty – she okay, but I think she will be more honely as time goes on. Stephanie was talking about how Cealy was testing her nerves – but doesn’t get WHY!

Brenna is also a chunkie monkey. She is gonna be a huge bitch – wait, she already is. I wonder when she will go to jail for the first time… Brenna looks like a fat man. She is going to be a very ugly woman. Her parents are letting her be the boss, and that is going to bite her in the ass in life. They are not doing what is best for her. Melissa and her husband are delusional and insane. What a spoiled brat! They are not setting her up to suceed in life. NOT FAIR. She is already a narcissistic, vain child. It will only get worse as she grows up.

Mia’s Mom needs professional help. Mia is headed for a lucrative contract… In the porn industry! Mia isn’t even that pretty – she is kinda… Weird looking.

And Ava is another fatty! Her dad is a crazy FAT man too.

Why hasn’t the government taken these kids away? THIS IS ABUSE. And I think TLC should do a special on what these kids are like in a few years, because I bet that they are screwed up… To say it milkdly.

Bribbing a kid to smile for $100. God save us all! Alysssa showing up in a limo?

They are teaching these girls that they are not okay as they are – they need to be improved…

And it is crazy that these parents ignore all the negative comments. Just another sign of their mental imbalance.

March 7, 2011 at 11:35 am
(306) hmm says:

Excuse me, Amber, but I dont think you have any right to talk to a 14 year old like that. I am 12, and already know that if you are rude to a child like that, you are a horrible, immature parent.

March 12, 2011 at 11:04 am
(307) Lisa says:

I’m really disturbed by this show, even though I have watched it. Just as I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I saw an episode with a lady who had 5 girls – entered them all. She has a set of twins in there … think they were Brianne and AshLynn … in my opinion the mother was a horror – her little girl, Ashlynn – you could see how she paled in insignificance to her mother – never praised or anything. How can a parent (apart from the fact they parade their kiddies like trophies), clearly have favourites amongst their siblings. What a shame. I’m just speechless…!!!

March 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(308) KathyofKallas says:


I’ll bet you wear an ankle bracelet, don’t you?

March 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm
(309) Kim says:

I love the spoof Tom Hanks did on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

March 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm
(310) Kim says:

Did you see the Tom Hanks Ultimate Sexy Baby Challenge piece on Jimmy Kimmel Live?

June 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(311) Maria says:

Unfortunately, the show does not say about the lives of participants outside the show. It would be interesting to know things like education, cultural and intellectual development and ethical and moral standards of the parents. I have strong impression that the parents of the kids participating in those shows are not very educated. My opinion is supported by the comments of Amber, being very inconsistent, rude and plainly lacking logic in making her point. She reacts so aggressively to the polite message of a 14-year old Emily.
It is, of course, important to teach girls to be beautiful, but not to sell themselves. I explain my daughters the importance of everyday hygiene, being active, not eating fast – food and get enough vitamins from organically grown vegetables. The older is in her teens now, so we picked good-quality lotion that fits her skin type. She grows slowly into a beautiful woman, learning how to be feminine, but not slutty, as those irresponsible mothers want their girls to be. Whether my children will be beautiful depends on different factors, but they will have good education and high self esteem. However not being my aim, it is very likely that my daughters are more beautiful than the girls from the show. Why? Because 1) the stage make up is bad for the skin; 2) the competitiveness puts a lot of stress on participants, and stress makes people age younger; 3) the obesity levels among the uneducated people in USA is higher, so beauty-pageant girls going to end up being fat like their mothers. It makes me sad how painful that be for those girls that are used to be adored just for the way they looked (although the ”beauty” of fake smiles and Las Vegas costumes is questionable). So, dear Amber, unlike you, people do have other emotions rather than being jealous and speaking against the show are motivated by feeling pity for poor little girls, whose mothers just lack sanity.

June 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm
(312) Maria says:

Unfortunately, the show does not say about the lives of participants outside the show. It would be interesting to know things like education, cultural and intellectual development and ethical and moral standards of the parents. I have strong impression that the parents of the kids participating in those shows are not very educated. My opinion is supported by the comments of Amber, being very inconsistent, rude and plainly lacking logic in making her point. She reacts so aggressively to the polite message of a 14-year old Emily.
It is, of course, important to teach girls to be beautiful, but not to sell themselves. I explain my daughters the importance of everyday hygiene, being active, not eating fast – food and get enough vitamins from organically grown vegetables. The older is in her teens now, so we picked good-quality lotion that fits her skin type. She grows slowly into a beautiful woman, learning how to be feminine, but not slutty, as those irresponsible mothers want their girls to be. Whether my children will be beautiful depends on different factors, but they will have good education and high self esteem. However not being my aim, it is very likely that my daughters are more beautiful than the girls from the show. Why? Because 1) the stage make up is bad for the skin; 2) the competitiveness puts a lot of stress on participants, and stress makes people age younger; 3) the obesity levels among the uneducated people in USA is higher, so beauty-pageant girls going to end up being fat like their mothers. It makes me sad how painful that be for those girls that are used to be adored just for the way they looked (although the ”beauty” of fake smiles and Las Vegas costumes is questionable). So, dear Amber, unlike you, people do have other emotions rather than being jealous and speaking against the show they are motivated by feeling pity for poor little girls, whose mothers just lack sanity.

June 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm
(313) John QLD says:

I knew the show existed and had a couple of very quick glances at it ‘channel surfing’ over time, but the other night not much was on, so i thought i’d have a bit more of a look at it. THIS SHOW IS WRONG!! The very first mum and daughter who were featured on this episode put me off the show and what they are doing, for life. The mother was commenting on how great it all was and how great her daughter was and how she ‘always won’ etc etc, then in my disbelief, horror and total disgust, she said, quote, “this is the only reason i wanted a baby” and “i was so happy that i had a daughter” (and not a boy). WHAT??? What an incredibly niave, self-centered, selfish, immature,vain and unthinking woman she is!! Unbelievable, and she was dead serious in what she said. The ONLY reason she wanted and loved her daughter was so she could big note herself, make lots of money and dress up her kid like a barbie doll! Thing is, apparently she’s not the only one in the world who is doing this (since they have a whole tv series about it…!). The poor kids are being railroaded and brainwashed into ‘this is how the world is and why you are on the planet’, and haven’t got a chance because of thier parents selfishness and stupidity. All these parents should go on Dr Phil and get a reality check and think about what thier “payoff” is for doing what they are doing. As i said, THIS SHOW IS JUST WRONG, GET IT OFF THE AIR ASAP!!! And they reckon phedofiles are bad to kids, they must LOVE this show…??!!

June 28, 2011 at 12:14 am
(314) nhyla says:

how do i sign up and be on tv

July 14, 2011 at 1:16 am
(315) jaylenne says:

hello, i was wondering how i could sign up to be on the show ?

July 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm
(316) jack says:

Look up sex offenders in your neighborhoods and then think of those sex offenders in our lives that were never caught, do you think they watch this show? Think about it; it sexualizes little girls. This show is against the law really. It proves manipulation (mental abuse) and sexual abuse of another nature. These ladies and men are making these girls wear bathing suits, sexy little outfits and dress like women to dance inappropriatly. We need to ban this show. We consentrate on looks and plastic surgery these days, mostly geared for women. These babies are learning this fake crap early. They are being taught, without beauty, they have nothing. Pedophiles feed on this show.

Look at all the murderers of the past and see that most are sexual preditors. Look at nancy grace and see how many missing people and think why. Look at all the different cultures and see how they sexualize or treat women. Look up human trafficking and teen prostitution. It all exists in the United States, along with billions of dollars made through internet porn all over the world. Topless Europe had a mob that was busted, and that is just a couple people. They want women to think that we should have to show our bodies if we are attractive and that is our freedom. What happened to women and girls dressing appropriatly and getting respect and looking decent at the same time.

August 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm
(317) gh says:

i think it should be banned children need to stay a way from TV but i don’t think it’s going to happen because there are way to many greedy people out there that will do anything for money anything. also what i hate about the TV in the US is the always show girls kissing each other and women like objects they have no respect for them self and yet TV producers like it cause it makes them money i guess this world is just going down hill if you are not lesbine stop making out with chicks it makes look like a HO.

August 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(318) cookycrazy@hotmail.com says:

i think it should be banned children need to stay a way from TV but i don’t think it’s going to happen because there are way to many greedy people out there that will do anything for money anything. also what i hate about the TV in the US is the always show girls kissing each other and women like objects they have no respect for them self and yet TV producers like it cause it makes them money i guess this world is just going down hill if you are not lesbine stop making out with chicks it makes look like a HO.

August 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(319) charles says:

allen sent me

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