Ok, here is a deep secret of mine… My girls do glitz beauty pageants. Yes, that’s right, the kind like you see on “Toddlers & Tiaras”. We used to do them all the time, but have not been in the habit lately. But, my middle daughter has informed me, “it’s the only hobby she has”.
So, yes, I have been and am, a pageant mom. My daughters have been spray tanned, wore fake hair and fake teeth, and done OK at it.
And you know what, they have learned quite a bit from pageants. We have learned that you don’t always win. That beauty hurts. That anything worth having is worth working for. That being in front of a crowd is no big deal. That even if you forget what you are supposed to do next, you have to keep on going with a smile on your face.
These are lessons that most adults have problems with. My girls can loose and win gracefully, be in front of a crowd, and keep going despite any issues in their routine or wardrobe.
So, I know that there is a lot about pageants that could be a negative, but if this is the hobby that my daughter has choosen, we will embrace the positive, disregarding the negative. Beauty is what you make it, and true beauty is how you behave in the face of adversity. She is learning that at home, pageants in her words are for fun and to see what “someone else thinks about me today”.