Walmart Introducing Make-Up Line For 8 Year Old Girls: What the Heck??



My daughter is 13 going on 16, 18, 30. She is at that lovely age where she and her friends have the world figured out and have decided that we (us ancient parents) know absolutely nothing. They are smart enough to realize however that while we may be dinosaur-like in our way of thinking, we are still useful for things like money, driving and well, more driving. Oh yea, laundry and cooking too.

I find myself in a constant 'ping-pong' game with my daughter. I give in to this, and she will agree to that. We compromise more than we fight, so I guess I should count my blessings, and I do. But the one area I have held firm on is make-up. When she was little, she loved playing with the play make-up sets I would buy her, and she would happily set up beauty parlors and happily play for hours. When she got a little older, I let her play dress up with my clothes, and yes, some real make-up. At home. Now she is much older (oh, my heart) and she has been asking me to let her wear make-up to school.


And I have said no. I am sure at 13 there are enough girls wearing make-up on a daily basis, and I am not judging other parents' decisions, but for me, that is still too young. So I have managed to hold my ground while she has pleaded, begged, bemoaned the fact that ALL HER FRIENDS are wearing make-up now, etc. I have told her that next year she can maybe wear a little mascara to school.

Think I am too strict? I don't really know, but I am just going with my gut, and my gut says young girls do not need make-up. Period.

Unfortunately, Walmart thinks they do. They are introducing a new line of make-up for girls from 8-12 years old.

I am sure this has nothing to do with making money.

Just as I am sure my daughter will patiently wait until I give her the green light to wear make-up to school.
Right.

Am I over-reacting here, or do you find it a little disconcerting that Walmart will be trying to encourage young girls to drive their parents nuts to wear make-up?






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  1. I find the entire over commercialization of childhood disturbing. If I continue to have my way DD will never step foot in Walmart. I think we have to take a stand against commercialism and tell these companies to stop pimping out our children NOW. Its disgusting what they will do for a buck!

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