Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login

The Pageant Mother Within.

by Christy Heather Roberts (follow)
Follow Christy on: https:/ www.facebook.com/Themommynovelist?ref=hl. Find her book here: http:/ www.vividpublishing.com.au/unbreakable/
Toddler (30)      Parenting (156)      parent (4)      stagemother (1)      toddlersandtiaras (1)      dancing (1)      gifted (1)      talent (1)     
I love Hollywood musicals, and subject my family to them regularly. Why not? They are usually suitable for even the smallest of kids – with some explanation - “Mummy, why is that child smoking?” (‘Show Boat’) “Mummy, why can’t she say no?” (Oklahoma) and maybe not ‘Rent’, but as a general rule, my four year old dances in front of the TV during the songs and cracks me up.

We were more or less happily watching ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ when I noticed my 13 month old bobbing up and down in her playpen a little more enthusiastically than normal. She smiled at me, with her special eyes-closed smile that means she is doing something particularly brilliant, and I looked at her feet. There she was, tapping away like she was in Riverdance; not holding on to anything, just kicking away on her bare little feet, grinning.



KatMyStiry
- by Kakinsky from morgueFile


We all looked. It was real.

She stopped and ate a cracker.

“Dance! Dance!” I said, flapping my hands at her like a demented crane, and she started up again, in perfect rhythm, smile plastered on, bopping away in 3/time like a tiny metronome.

I took a film and posted it on my private Facebook account. People (not many, but those who actually watched it) were overwhelmed. This talent was not in my head, she was a veritable Ginger Rogers in a nappy.



KatMyStiry
- by mzacha from morgueFile


Suddenly I get stars in my eyes and see…..pageants. Not the makeup ones, the talent ones. And only if she likes it. With tasteful costumes. And no forcing. Then I see TV show roles, record deals (?) and, just as my husband puts his foot down I see her name in lights on Broadway.

So much for that.



KatMyStiry
- by KatMyStiry from morgueFile


But it makes me think about pageants, and what drives mothers to let their kids participate? We see ‘train wreck’ shows like ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ and think we could never, ever be that mother. I know have watched, smug in my second hand clothing and post-hippie minimalist house and thought “How vile, materialistic or what?” That is, until I realised that somewhere in my second daughter’s gene pool lurked a pair of teeny weeny tap shoes and some Fosse moves to go with them.

I have not seriously looked into pageants for my daughter, I don’t want her being exposed to competition based on looks, or everybody getting a prize just for showing up, or sticking things to her with tape, but I sometimes feel her there, lurking around the corners of my mind, the sequined, movement coaching, vaselined lips of the Pageant Mother whispering in my ear “She could win it all……”

With so much public scorn directed to 'stage mothers', would you ever consider putting your child in the spotlight? I'm still not convinced.....

#stagemother
#parent
#parenting
#toddlersandtiaras
#toddler
#dancing
#gifted
#talent.
I like this Article - 3
[ print friendly ]
Share: email  facebook  twitter
More Articles by Christy Heather Roberts
I have a delightful little four year old
240 views
I love Little Golden Books
169 views
When I was young(er) and secure in the belief that I was the epitome of funk and style, I spent a lo...
256 views
When I had my first baby I had all the cots and rockers and bassinettes and things that one could pr...
219 views
I had a name list as long as the universe when I was pregnant with my first daughter
134 views
I am a breast feeder
115 views
view all articles by Christy Heather Roberts
ID: 19885
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
When the clocks change, or in summer months, it can be difficult if your baby wakes extra early ...
3892 views
If you're looking for cheap baby goods for your baby, here are some excellent stores you can go to t...
9727 views
One way of cutting the cost of having a baby is to get some of your baby items second hand
8062 views
Most preschoolers love telling jokes but don't always 'get' the punch line or might instead tell...
by Jane
1934 views
Let’s be honest; everything you could ever need to know can be found on the internet
2071 views
I love crystals and have a few in my collection, so when junior got a Crystal Growing Kit for Christ...
1648 views
A wonder week is a parenting term that no one really talks about prior to babies coming along, and s...
382 views
My 10 year old daughter has a friend who I’m pretty sure is headed down the road of self-destructi...
147 views
As the school holidays in Australia reach over the halfway point and the new school year beckons, pa...
152 views
IPads are a great way to keep kids busy on long journeys or while waiting for appointments
by Jane
1468 views
Categories
Parenting (156)
Play (88)
Tips (47)
Eating (32)
Travel (27)
Safety (23)
Sleep (11)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version