Mommyish’s Lindsay Cross Talks Toddler Makeup On ‘Good Morning America’

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toddler makeupLittle girls wearing make-up never fails to elevate some eyebrows, as evidenced by Lindsay Cross‘s piece on letting her 4-year-old wear make-up for fancy events. Good Morning America‘s Paula Faris visited the mother of one and asked her to elaborate more on this controversial parenting decision.

Lindsay clarified the practice, echoing the sentiments in her piece, about make-up not necessarily equating beauty or even self-confidence for her daughter:

“I think that with make-up, for her, it’s a way for her to be like her mom. I don’t think that she puts two and two together, where you have to wear make-up so that you can present yourself to the world.”

She recognized the critical reactions from some readers as falling in line with many other parenting debates that fail to recognize the individual circumstances of each child:

“I think that [in] parenting, we all want everybody to be like us, because I think then that means that we did it right.”

She plans to have more, “different” conversations with her daughter surrounding makeup and confidence as she gets older, making sure that her self-esteem and self-perception don’t hinge on a compact.


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  3. Philly52

    April 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I saw the article online and I was shocked. I’m a Mom and Grandma who is a professional childcare provider and have been doing it many years.
    I would never take a female child out with make-up. That’s o.k. at home but not outside. People are forgetting we live in a very superfacial world and also world with pedophiles. And we have to do at all cost to protect our children, not make them a target. It’s also not about how good you think you look, a child should be raised with high self esteem and confident in themselves. This is not to spark anything. Just my opinion.

    • Another Steph

      April 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      You can’t make sweeping statements about women painting their girls faces and leaving them out for the pedophiles, and then say, “This is not to spark anything.”

      The fact is, children have never been safer from pedophiles. The only thing that’s different about present day, compared to say, 50 years ago, is that the global nature of the media means that we hear about every single abduction, so it seems like it’s a bigger problem than it really is.

    • Laura

      April 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      And besides….typically the pedophiles you need to worry about aren’t lurking around the corner, but living in your home and among your loved ones.

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  6. Jacki

    May 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Just give the pediophiles your phone number and address

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