This is what my 4 year old said to me while we were preparing to go out one day.I looked in her big hazel eyes and said:
“But you are beautiful sweetheart!”
And then she answered:
“No mummy! You know I need o put that thing on my face to be beautiful!”
“You mean make-up sweetheart?”
“Yes mummy! Hat thing you put on your eyes and makes you beautiful!”
“Not really….but Barbie has it! She has pink colour around her eyes…”
I hugged her and told her that she doesn’t need to beautiful and that she will always be beautiful no matter what.
Yes I know. It is my mistake my daughter knows about Barbie. She started watching the Barbie movies around the time Baby A was born on Nick Jr and now she’s a bit addicted to it.
Yes I know she is only 4 years old and a girl her age should not care about things like that!
But then why shops sell magazines that have lipsticks and make up included in the pack? And why the big toy shops sell kids make up and nail varnish? If they didn’t then little girls will not ask to have them.
And yes I know I should say no…but…do you think make up products harm my 4 year old perception of beauty or the cartoons like Barbie that show the ideal body shape and suggest that is what beautiful is?
This weekend we took my daughter to have her ears pierced and also bought her a Hello Kitty make up set. She plays with it and pretends she is preparing for fashion shows exactly like in the Barbie cartoons she watches. I do try to change her habit of watching Barbie but as I have a tiny baby in tow I find it quite difficult…
Do you buy your daughter things like that? Or do you think a girl so young should not know about make up and nail varnish?