Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday Thirteen #25 "Pageant Moms"

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This post is in no way to put down "Pageant Moms," it is just after a brief taste of what it might be like, I realized I could never be one.

That being said let me explain a little. My daughter takes dance lessons. Last Saturday was "picture day." So it was quite the ordeal getting ready. We will have to do it all again next month for the actual "recital."

So here is 13 reasons I found out why I could not or do not want to be a "Pageant Mom."

1. I found out I'm no good at putting makeup on other people.

2. I don't even own that much makeup! I had to go out and buy at least $25.00 worth of makeup for her to use.

3. I don't really want my 9 yr. old wearing all that makeup.

4. I'm no good at fixing hair into hairdos. Other years she had to wear more elaborate hairdos - this yr. it's just two pigtails - and I can barely manage that.

5. Too time consuming. Just to get ready and actually get the picture taken took almost 4 hours.

6. Too stressful. It is nerve racking trying to get ready on time & get everything just right.

7. Dealing with delays. They told us to be there 10-15 min. before our scheduled time, and that they wouldn't wait for anyone, and everything would run on time. - Not true - Everything was delayed by at least a half an hour or more!

8. Dealing with the other parents. From mother's yelling at their kids not to do this and do that, to Dad's getting very huffy because we had to wait around so long.

9. Too much commotion. Kids, parents and people who work there running around trying to get ready, etc.

10. To much confusion. Not knowing if you have their hair, make-up and costume on the right way.

11. Too much money. I won't tell you how much I spent on this class. But between the money for the class, the costume (which is an outrageous amount for these costumes - that they only wear like 2 times!), makeup, hair stuff, and these pictures - it's expensive. I can't imagine how much money real pageants must cost.

12. No information. Although the dance place she's going to is nice, and she likes it, they are lacking on info. Any info you get from them regarding the class, pictures or even the recital coming up, is like pulling teeth!

13. And the number one reason I wouldn't ever want to be a Pageant Mom, is I had a splitting headache by the time it was all done!

With all that being said, my daughter looked so cute in this outfit and I think these pictures are going to come out great! I'll be posting them as soon as I can!

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**Update** After reading the comments, just wanted to say. Please take this somewhat in jest. Regularly we just go to the class and she dances there is no problem. This is just an occurrence that happens at picture time and the recital.


  1. It's so sad that it seems like there was so much hub bub about everything but the dancing.

    I couldn't do that either. I wouldn't have the patience, and I can't stand the look of little girls in makeup. They're so pretty without it!

  2. I am with you there, Sue. I don't think I would be able to handle it either. I've looked into dance classes out here too because my 3 year old daughter wants to take dance. They are expensive! I might sign her up for a summer course through the rec department. It is a little cheaper than those fancy dance studios.

  3. Can't you change classes and go elsewhere where it is less stressing ?

  4. Why makeup on the little kids...Ain't they look so divine sans any?

    Anyways you took a good decision.

    Happy TT!

    Thanks for dropping by!

  5. What a lot of stress to put on little girls -- and their parents! I hope the recital goes well!

  6. Watching my nephew grow up as a budding performer ... I relate to many of these things ... but in the end, a High School for the Performing Arts is what kept him in school and gave him the confidence to pursue a career in musical theater.
    Hugs and blessings,

  7. I wouldn't be able to do it either! Too much stress & craziness. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

  8. Lovely and amusing post - I don't think i'd want to do it either. Good luck with the recital! Happy Thursday!

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  9. I'm curious: Do the little girls want the makeup? Or is it their moms' idea?

  10. Neither - actually. We were given a sheet telling us how to do their hair and makeup.

  11. You take me back to my days as a stage mom. By the time we moved I was regularly the stage manager for my dd's dance recitals. I always managed to assign someone else to the make up.

  12. one of our dear friends has a daughter in dance, and we frequently watch her dance this dance. But her little girl loves it, so its worth it...
    great 13, thanks for coming by

  13. I couldn't do it either! I hope it isn't anything my daughter will be interested in when she's old enough ;)

  14. Hi Sue,
    Just reading your input at picture time and the recital has stressed me out. I know you do all this for your daughter, because you want her to be happy. I would not want a bunch of makeup on my young daughter either. I look forward to seeing her pictures. Have a great weekend! :-)

  15. Wow. It does sound like a hassle. I hope that the pictures turned out well. :)