What sort of values would you like to teach your daughter? Individuality? Being true to herself? Don’t be stupid.
She doesn’t need to concern herself with those silly trivial things. Your daughter needs make up!
She needs to understand how to apply mascara evenly when life gets tough, and she needs to dig deep into her handbag and grab her ever protective lipstick when the going gets tough.
You see, there are courses available for your little ray of sunshine that will teach her the important lessons in life - how to look like Kim Kardashian or Katy Perry (right), for example.
I recently saw an ad in a British newspaper that invited parents to ask themselves the following question: “Daughter not glamorous or girly enough? Sardinia’s Forte Villate to the rescue with a special Barbie package. Girls aged 2-10 will land a pink bedroom... and spend their time making jewels, getting their nails done and attending Barbie Fashion Academy.”
This, for me, is beyond comprehension. Why would anyone think their daughter wasn’t girly enough?
What sane and loving parent in their right mind would feel that a girl aged between two and 10 should be anything else other than who they are?
On an admittedly completely different level, last weekend I read of a course here in Ireland called Beauty Boot camp.
It is being run for a week at a time throughout the summer. While not comparable to the madness of the Barbie Fashion Academy it is, according to the National Parents’ Council Post Primary, for “teen beauty queens”.
For their part, the organisers say their course is for “teens with a keen interest in beauty that want to learn more about skincare, how to properly apply make-up, style their hair like the stars”.
Now, I can understand someone in their early twenties being lured by the activities in this course - but sending your 13-year-old to study some up-styling, or the “more glam looks” is, in my opinion, excessive.
I remember when I was a young girl, the only experience of make-up I had was when I watched my mother applying her own, before she went out.
I used to love watching her putting on the foundation, the carefully placed mascara and the gently applied blusher.
And I used to think that one day, when I grew up, I’d like to do the same.
Children aren’t grown-ups. They have enough on their plate to deal with without bringing senseless lessons in lipstick into their little lives.
Lets keep the crap that we put on our faces off children’s. They will learn soon enough that the masks we wear are expensive, pointless and only gloss over the more important things in life.