I just read this article on spas that cater to teens and tweens. Am I behind on the times? Apparently, it's the "cool Mom" thing to do, to take your 2 year old for full spa treatments. To take your 6 year old to have their back hair waxed - because it bothers YOU...not even your child. To take your 8 year old for a bikini and leg waxes.
Seriously? Even if your 8 year old daughter is developing pubic hair that young...what in the hell is she wearing that it makes a difference? I have a hard time imagining that there are thousands of 8 year olds walking around with pubic hair so bad, that swimming suit season is traumatizing for them!
While I have to say, that I have used the promise of a manicure as a bribe to get my daughters to stop biting their nails (which, BTW, it didn't work...they still bite them), the thought of having them waxed because of some crazy "perfection issues" that I have? Insane. I just had my eyebrows waxed today...that is not a pain I'm willing to inflict on my daughters at the tender age of 6.
How sad, that as a society, we push our young girls to look, behave and act in a way that puts them way beyond their years. It's cute that my daughters want to grow up to be like Mommy...but the main focus in that sentence should be - grow up to be like Mommy. They don't need to be Mommy, now.