Tween is fixated with her looks, and won't leave the house without makeup.
The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet featured a 9-year-old fixated with her body image and appearance. Could this tween's disturbing behavior be tied to her participation in child beauty pageants?
Family counselor Rosanne Tobey says absolutely yes. "This mother is concerned about her daughter's body image issues, but she helped create them!" she says. "By being put in pageants at such a young age, this child has been trained to think you have to be completely made up, with hair fully done, to get attention and positive reinforcement. She doesn't want to walk out of the house without a full face of makeup because she thinks everyone's looking at her and perhaps judging her, because that was her experience in the pageants."
Rosanne says kids don't really understand that pageants are different from the real world. "Instead, the pageant becomes the lens through which they interpret everday life," she says. "She probably doesn't understand that she is beautiful even without the makeup on, because she'd never enter a pageant without wearing tons of makeup. She doesn't get to be a normal kid, because she doesn't even know what normal is anymore."
What is your advice for this looks-obsessed tween?