Life lessons with a 4-year-old

Saturday, January 2, 2010

She has no issues with self-esteem.

Since she was a toddler, I've had many people tell me how pretty Katie is. Strangers have felt a need to recommend I submit her photos to modeling agencies: "Oh, her eyes are beautiful; she's so tall." I've laughed it off because of any child - Katie is the last to stand still or listen to directions - a requisite for modeling, I'm afraid. But yesterday, I thought, "Hmmm, maybe she DOES have what it takes." Attitude and a superiority complex for being tall.

As I sat watching Katie play video games, with her legs folded to her side I remarked on how pretty she was. I teased and asked, "How did you get so beautiful?" She giggled and replied that she just is. I scolded, "You know, you're supposed to say because my mommy is so beautiful."

Her response?

"Mommy, you are NOT beautiful. You are way too short to be beautiful. AND, only girls with long hair can be beautiful."

Needless to say, we had a little talk about beauty.


Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts January 2, 2010 at 2:03 PM  

ACK! It's scary isn't it, how easily they are influenced by the world..

Autumn January 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

I get told all the time that I should put my kids in modeling. The thing is though, my sister did a little modeling when she was in college, and she heard some of the dumbest remarks (like her eyes were spaced a tad too far apart, her left eye brow needed to be raised a little more etc... it was pathetic the stuff they turned her away for at some places) she loved it but then she's in her early 20's. My kids are 7 and almost 9, and I dont want that kind of critiquing done to them this early in life. Good for you for having the beauty talk though, expect a lot of those over the next few years, especially when school starts (I had to tell Ashlie that yes smart girls can be beautiful too when she came home crying because of some of the stuff kids in her class said to her) ugh it's a challenge daily. Lol I didnt mean for my comment to turn into a book sorry about that, my point is I know exactly what you're going through! Praying for ya!!

Becca January 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

Ooh, it's interesting how people's comments can influence kids. Some of my friends babysit for a child whose parents won't let her be called, cute, funny, etc. It's hard to even talk to the kid at that point lol

Unknown January 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

That's nuts about those parents!

Most of the time I tell my daughter she's cute, beautiful, smart, etc. though she just says - No, I'm not, I'm KATIE!

Mummy McTavish January 3, 2010 at 1:31 AM  

Your Katie is such a funny little thing! I especially like the "No, I'm not, I'm Katie!" We get that from Dragon. "I just Dragon!"

Call Me Cate January 3, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

She IS beautiful. But sounds like someone needs a good head-shaving. ;)

Thanks for playing 6WS!

Juliana January 3, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

She is beautiful...but I am glad that you talked to her. I am not short..I am fun sized. I actually did a blog about a bunch of actresses that are petite that most people don't know about including megan fox because some of the kids in my extended family needed a little lesson.

I am now following your blog. Come on my to my bloggy blog and follow back if you would like. I am actually doing my very first giveaway woo hoo! Well, it was nice to "meet" you!

Juliana (A Blonde in A Blog)

debi9kids January 4, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

LOL! Too funny! Yeah, I can just picture Katie as a model. LOL (her and Emma both, you know, since they can sit still for less that 1 second at a time unless it's their idea. hahaha)

Tiffany January 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

Oh no! This is so not funny, yet it is!! Out of the mouth of babes! lol

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