When the mostly intolerable Katie Price was in the press a couple of months ago, defending her son Harvey like a lioness after Frankie Boyle's cruel 'jokes', I thought, yes! Finally we're seeing her get her claws out for the right reasons!
Well, that fleeting feeling of maternal camaraderie has been ripped away like a half leg wax.
Her considerably more sane ex Peter Andre has had an understandable pop at her in his weekly column for New! Magazine, after seeing pictures of their THREE-year-old daughter Princess Tiaamii out and about with straightened hair.
I could get into the debate about what sorts of things you teach little girls by letting them believe, at such a tender age, that their appearance needs improving upon, but I won't (admittedly partly because the flip side of that coin is: what am I teaching my little girls, as I sit here typing in my pyjamas with a smudge of last night's mascara on my eyelid? Seriously, gorgeous Melanie Sykes would have a field day with me today). I digress.
Even without getting into the nasty sexualising of toddlers thing, there is the whole safety/cruelty issue. If a three-year-old thinks it's okay to get her hair straightened, she's probably going to think it's okay to do it herself and will give it a go, given the slightest opportunity. Cringe, cringe, cringe.
And, I wonder, does Princess know how to remove false eyelashes without removing her own natural ones?! Oh yes, you can't have missed the pictures a year or so ago, when the then two-year-old was plastered with what looked like the entire contents of a drag queen's vanity bag, and the photos posted on Facebook for the world to see. That won't come back to haunt her will it?
When a clip of US reality TV show, Toddlers and Tiaras, was on Parentdish a couple of weeks ago, showing a five-year-old having her eyebrows waxed, even the idea of her later parading up and down a catwalk wasn't quite as disturbing as watching a mother hold her child down while she screamed: "Don't do it! Don't tear it!"
Why was the poor thing so upset? According to her mum, because she'd had a bad experience with eyebrow waxing before: "The wax was way too hot, and it actually ripped off her skin [OMG!!!!], so she's been kinda terrified ever since then." Quelle surprise.
My little girls (both toddlers) are fascinated with my make-up. They watch me applying it like I am performing some kind of miracle (which I suppose I am, actually). But for the time being, they're never going to get further than looking longingly at it, willing the lids to untwist themselves – not only because I don't want them to look like some freaky, tiny, glamour models, but because they definitely would not like the sensation of all that gunk being scrubbed off.
Little girls should have wild crazy hair (my two-year-old sports a 'Boris Johnson' some days). Before they're even in their teens, beauty protocol probably will have reached their psyches, so let's allow them their natural, gorgeous, bonkers frizziness, just for now.
What do you think?
Ridiculous to play dress up/make-up on a little girl?
Or just a bit of fun?