I see Katie Price’s 8 year old daughter Princess is in the news about the amount of make – up her mum has let her wear. I’m talking about it on BBC Radio Three Counties later today.
Apparently Katie dyes Junior’s hair and allows Princess to wear heavy make- up and false nails.
It’s very easy to celebrity bash and we can all bring up other people’s children but it is a fine balance between allowing our daughters to play around with make-up, our shoes and our perfume to over sexualising a child too early.
I have a 21 year old daughter so I know first hand about raising a daughter, and as a child I used to like walking about in my Mum’s shoes for fun but personally I’m not sure I’d have liked my 8 year old daughter to be seen in public posing in such a provocative stance and wearing such heavy make- up.
I also remember dropping my daughter off at a party when she was 8 and the little girl whose party it was, was wearing make – up and it made me feel uncomfortable.
I think there’s a big difference between having fun, dressing up and playing about with Mum’s make- up bag and over sexualising a child.
Children are beautiful, have naturally beautiful skin and hair and don’t need to be told the message too young that they have to look a certain way to be liked, accepted or glamorous.
Self esteem, self confidence and self acceptance are taught by parents initially until a child believes they are beautiful, worthy and wonderful just the way they are.
Confidence and happiness is an inside job and perhaps Katie Price needs to ponder that.