I don't know that there is anything to do. It's not illegal, as far as I know, to let your kid pretend to smoke. It sure was tacky though...
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I haven't looked -- but are candy cigarettes still sold in stores?
I'm still torn on how I feel about pageants for older girls (preferably teens that have a bigger say in what they do and how they represent themselves.) While I understand that allowing younger kids to participate can be viewed akin to "training" that athletes in various sports do -- so when they *do* reach their teens they are more poised, skilled, etc.
Still - the more that is portrayed in the media regarding the young kids, it just seems that parents feel pressured to push the envelope more and more to capture the judges' attention. That whole "shock value" mentality has led to the "pretty woman" and "Dolly Parton" outfits... the gun toting and now cigarette smoking (albeit "pretend play".)
Still, unless the pageant has specific rules of things NOT to include within a routine, then they likely could not be disqualified for lack of taste (and common sense.)
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 10 ) and Juliet ( 7 )
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Anyone else think this little girl looks like a 2-dollar hooker? How unbelievably sad.
I've not seen any in stores ever, but can probably be found online.
Sports are governed, right? So there are many rules and regulations; however, from what I can tell from a little research is that overall pageants are ungoverned. Perhaps each pageant has its own rules. I think there should be a national governing board overseeing pageants for minors. I would include rules like not allowing children to pretend to be drinking, smoking, doing drugs, and other rules along the same line. Some of these things such as smoking and drinking are legal - at a certain age. I think for minors to pretend to do these things should be against some sort of rules, which can be grouped into a class such as 'conduct unbecoming'. When an adult wins a pageant there is certain conduct which is not allowed, but still legal in society. If a girl breaches the rules, she can possibly lose her crown. So I think it's not far fetched to develop more stringent rules to cover these girls - especially since they are minors and apparently since some mothers can't not execute normal, good parenting judgement in these competitions.
Essentially, I think at this point there should be a national governing board formed to protect these little girls. I realize the girl didn't do anything 'illegal' but where would this stop? So there should be some national rules for minor pageants.
They are not a proper educational toy
Everyone could send an email to TLC and tell them it is not appropriate for TV. The reason they put this stuff on is for the shock value, and it works because everyone is talking about their show. If it was not televised the mother might not have done it, and if she did do it the only people that would know about it are the small number of people that were actually present at the pageant. If enough people start complaining about this kind of stuff they might listen.
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
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