Gotta Watch: Too old too soon?
One young pageant contestant shows off her false costume enhancements.
September 9th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Too old too soon?

Parenting isn't an exact science, which is probably why there's so much variation in technique from family to family. But sometimes, parents employ practices that raise eyebrows. Whether it's dressing a daughter up like a cinematic prostitute for a beauty pageant or giving your toddler fake breasts, you've gotta watch these controversial parenting choices.

Pageant enhancement – A toddler pays homage to Dolly Parton in a beauty pageant - complete with a set of fake breasts and padded butt.
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Botox baby mom – Which is more startling: a mother who claims to give her young daughter Botox so she can compete in beauty pageants, or a mother who later says her Botox tale was a hoax? You decide.
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Do a little dance – These dancers caused controversy when their performance video went viral. Critics said the moves were too sexually suggestive for such young girls. But, the dancers’ parents totally supported the routine.
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Too hot for tots? – Even this mom admits dressing her toddler like a prostitute for a beauty pageant may not have been the best idea, but she did think it was funny. With the inspiration coming from her favorite movie, watch this mother explain why she decided to dress her daughter like a character from "Pretty Woman."
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  1. kooper

    As an adult male over 30 living in another country I can tell you this . . . There are only a handful of reasons why the rest of the world dislikes the USA. This is one of them. SICK, SICK, SICK

    September 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dina

      Oh relax !!!!! we as a country are still at a low percentage versus other countries and probably yours with the lowest human trafficing around ! these dumb shows are worthless and should not be broadcasted YES we get that !! these parents will come to find out just how out of place they are in their childs life and there will be no turning back from this crap ! I too am from another country born and raised ! I have been here all my life however !! became a citzen and took the correct path and turns to get herre and where I am today ! get off of your high horse about your countr and what you believe about the

      September 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mati

      Hey kooper, I LIVE in the US and even I think this is SICK SICK SICK! Unfortunately, there are women in this country that think their only future is having men "take care" of them....some women, not ALL (& that's how these women raise their daughters...again, some, not ALL).

      September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • KsMom

      Not all American's feel this is appropriate. I could be against all males for the actions of a few, that's not right!

      September 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I agree. This is really sick, but in how many other countries are young girls forced into wedlock? I also think there are bigger reasons why some outside the U.S. dislike us.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Well said, kooper. Thank you. Yes, we are indeed living a sick society no matter what the right-wing media tells us and this post proves it!!!

      September 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aj

    The parents of these children should be arrested and charged with child abuse. Plain and simple.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaredallas

      Absolutely.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      agreed! I can't believe that we allow this! These parents should all be arrested and placed in cages – which is exactly what they're doing to their children – no choices, no autonomy, prisoners.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      ABSOLUTELY! This is grossly neglectful and irresponsible! They might as well be throwing their children to the lions while they're at it. Morons!

      September 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yupperpenny

    DISGUSTING. What is America coming to... This is sad.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dave

    "Pretty Woman" was a disgusting movie so dressing a toddler like the hoar from Pretty Woman is disgusting too

    September 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Copper's Donut Shoppe

      ...and Julia Roberts is not a very good actress at all.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. magruber

    By the Power of Grayskull, I shall defend the Realms and destroy the one ring

    September 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Z_2k

    Prosti-tots on parade. Wait till the Man-Child Love Association catches on to this; attendance at pagents will sky-rocket. I'm surprised there weren't any Jon Bennet Ramsey wanna-be's showing.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Melissa

    These parents should be arrested.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      AGREE!

      September 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    These parents, and I use the term very loosley, should not be allowed to have goldfish much less children.
    Here in Florida you need two driving permits and hundreds of hours of training to drive a garbage truck. But,
    if you want to be a parent we will tell you nothing ~ and if by chance someone trys ~ we will sue and stop them.
    Mental midgits and defectives should not be allowed to breed. In America more care goes into breeding show dogs
    than does educating futher parents.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Red Blooded American

    Absolutely Vulgar. These parents should lose their rights to these children as well as reproductive rights. To say that thies images are not expected to be made public is beyond ignorant, it is a lie. They expect others to wathc and make lude remarks in hopes their child gets attention and hired to do more. MONEY MONEY MONEY

    September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      Sooo sick! Problem is that we've set up a society where s_x sells and no one sees a problem with it. Time to scoop up the maxim's off the shelf, invest in education, and stop supporting these half-wits who are abusing their children

      September 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    RUFFNUT ~ did you know that baby jesus had immaculate p00p?
    .
    It did not smell.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    Please do not cancel this fantastic program. America's current and future presidential candiates need this venue to show case their grandchildren/ kids to make a buck and pass on their ideals. This series is almost as good as Palin's Alaska program.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SamT

    If you wonder why the Middle East wants to destroy America, this is it in a nutshell.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bob

    why is it always white women from the south who have this obsessional drive to make their little girls look like ho's ...

    September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ggkthxnore

    Wow American parents are stupid, proud not to be American.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      Thanks for the ignorant blanket statement but many American parents find this programming vulgar and feel that these parents should be brought up on charges of child abuse and be forced to attend counseling. I'm an American parent and I am absolutely sickened by these people

      September 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiots

      We are also not very proud you are an American. It drives down the average IQ. Relax and raise your own kid the way you think is correct and quit worrying about other people's larva.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. seriouslyomg

    ugh – pointed in the wrong direction I see. The reason that this crap exists is because of the patriarchal regime we live under which has served women up on platters as possessions for as long as men have existed. Repent to whom? To the god who didn't ask a child for her consent in conceiving a child? If you're a believer you're just as messed up as these people are.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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