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. Padmanabham

    Ignorance is the root cause of all evil

    September 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    It's so sad that these parents don't think their children are naturally beautiful.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Liz

    Beauty fades. Stupid is forever.
    ~Judge Judy

    September 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MarconMarc

    you can never start being trailer trash too soon. Better get em smokin too so their voices get good and grating.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    I said the first time this story showed up that I made me sick to my stomach to see these little ones paraded around for child molesters to enjoy, but am glad to see that CNN is keeping this issue in the news for us to say NO more of our children, hands OFF!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aldiggy2000

    Stupid parents.. all this does is make lustful thoughts. Kids should NEVER be allowed to dress like this at this age.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mariam M Martinez

    It seems to keep the kids/children smarter and out of trouble, it's only when some one manipulates them and takes advantage of them.... that they may get into issues.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Murielle

    This is a typical manifestation of vanity and hypocrisy. These mothers wish they were these beautiful little girls themselves. They are robbing these girls of their innocence. And unfortunately, these children will later in life think that they have to be 'beautiful' to be liked.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shawn Meddock

    absolutely horrible parenting. the whole idea irks me to be honest, kids should be kids, not be flaunted around in make up and "enhancements" when they are still too young to go to kindergarden.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. j

    Didn't we go over this with the JonBenet Ramsey case? Or are these parents and organizers too young to remember that?

    September 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leafonthewind

    There is no excuse for dressing your daughter like a whor.e. None whatsoever. Time and again we hear these parents say things like "But she wants this!" Isn't that what pedophiles say, too? There are so many people who should never have been allowed to reproduce.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Omoba

      "There are so many people who should never have been allowed to reproduce.". I could not have said it better. As against my principles as that idea is, I have to agree with you.

      September 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dee

    We didn't worry about this stuff when my daughter was little...thank God I don't have any more kids!

    September 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Old School

    My Sister wasn't able to wear lipstick or mascara till she was 19 because of our strict Dad. If my Dad was around now, he would NOT be up for any laughs or whomever the little kiddy might be representing (Julia Roberts). My Dad would probably throw a baseball bat at the TV if he saw this. So its probably good that he's not around to see it. Times a changing. Don't think these girls won't want to wear this stuff in elementary school with makeup and heels...

    September 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Omoba

    Absolute livid raving gushing lunacy. This is supposed to be sophistication or what? Conceit is evidently destructive. Society's madness apparentky knows no bounds. I do not want to imagine what values these innocent ones will hold when they grow up.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Teemee

    ...And the background, all the pedophiles are laughing and whacking, planning and acting....

    September 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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