Children and wearing make-up and nail polish ...

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  1. richtwf profile image62
    richtwfposted 13 years ago

    Ay what age would you permit your daughters to wear make-up and paint their nails?

    1. amberjones21 profile image61
      amberjones21posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I am a mother of four boys but if I had a daughter, I wouldn't let her wear nail polish until 7 years of age and no makeup until at least 10 years old.

    2. Cagsil profile image69
      Cagsilposted 13 years ago

      I'm not a parent so I cannot answer your question. However, I am going to address the issue that you placed this topic in the wrong forum thread.

      DO NOT delete your post. I have reported it to HubPages Staff to move it to the correct category. Please do try and label the category properly.

      1. luvpassion profile image62
        luvpassionposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Starting young is ok at home, according to my mother, but she wouldn't allow it in school til I was in Jr High. She always said boys are so hormonal they think a girl wearing makeup is on the prowl. smile

        1. Cagsil profile image69
          Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Like I said. I reported. DUH! It was originally put in the Extreme Hub Makeover Forum.

          You would have known that if you were here sooner. tongue

          (((Hugs))) tongue smile

          1. luvpassion profile image62
            luvpassionposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            (((Hugs back at cha))) tongue

      2. richtwf profile image62
        richtwfposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the correction Cagsii - appreciate that. Something new I've learnt as a newbie hubber. Cheers!

    3. Lily Rose profile image84
      Lily Roseposted 13 years ago

      I just painted little flowers on my daughter's nails yesterday - they are 4- and 5-years old.  I wouldn't do full on solid colors at this age at all - just cute tiny flowers or a light sparkly color is harmless and they get super excited about it. 

      Makeup?  Not until they are 30!  lol

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        Home Girlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Any age,really. From all evil things they might want to try nowadays ( and they will),  I think this one is the most innocent.

    4. kirstenblog profile image77
      kirstenblogposted 13 years ago

      I wonder if something like makeup would be a good rebellion thing for kids, if the parent kind of pretends they disapprove (or really do)? In my family make up, purple hair and anything else similar were great ways to explore my identity and the only restrictions were money and what the school would allow. This being the case when I felt the need to rebel I tended toward more extreme and unhealthy activities like smoking. Perhaps it is good to give kids a way to rebel? I mean if you have liberal parents how do you rebel as a kid?

    5. profile image0
      Home Girlposted 13 years ago

      Kids should know your position, your opinion. How things stand with you. If I, myself, wear makeup for whatever reasons, how can I say no to my kid? You have to talk before you say "no". You always have to explain your "no". You should not restrict stupid things, but should guard from dangerous or irreversible (like tatoo, for example) things and explain why. If you cannot restrict completely, make like an age limit (you are not doing it until 16 or 18 years old or smth.), hoping that they will be mature enough at that age not to do it anyway.

    6. Disturbia profile image59
      Disturbiaposted 13 years ago

      I've never understood why some parents get so upset over kids wearing makeup or nail polish. I was delighted when my girls started to play with makeup and finally stopped finger-painting each other.

      The only concern I have is the chemicals used in some cosmetics and the potential harmful effects.  But then, I'm not exactly so sure about what's in finger-paint either. .. LOL!

      1. profile image0
        Home Girlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Lol, ideed! Yes, so often we, as parents, so diligently are chasing rabbits, but do not see snakes, staring right into our face!

      2. breathe2travel profile image74
        breathe2travelposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I, too, am concerned about the toxins/chemicals in most lines of make-up.  When my daughter is old enough to wear make-up (we haven't set an age, but will determine by her maturity level) - I will definitely shop for the "natural" ingredients... and read the labels!!

        I started painting my daughters toenails probably when she was 2... looks so cute with sandals.  smile

    7. prettydarkhorse profile image61
      prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

      when they can buy and work for it, but I will advise them that it is not good for their young skin. My baby, I will tell her to wear only on occasions after she can work for it.

    8. IdiditAlready profile image61
      IdiditAlreadyposted 13 years ago

      What a question.  I have two boys and never even pondered that question.  I was about to reply and then realize I have no clue.  But I know I would raise her the best I could which in the end is ALL we can do.   


    9. Lisa HW profile image61
      Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

      When my daughter was little I'd let her wear the nail polish intended for little girls if she wanted to.  Little girls often like a flavored lip gloss, so between the children's nail polish and her always having a lip gloss; I think that was enough to make her feel kind of nice about having "a child's version" of "make-up".   She got to wear real make-up for her dance recitals and Halloween.  Once when she was four and accepting a ballet award at dance school, I actually dusted on just a hint of blush for the event.  She had a nice, white, dress and she's really fair; so I thought it may make her feel a little special to just have that little dusting of blush.

      Other than that, if she'd been a kid who wanted to wear make-up at eleven to thirteen (she wasn't) I would have done what my mother did -  be OK with her having a light (but only light) lipstick and maybe a hint of blush.  No more than that. (Nailpolish - fine as far as I was concerned).

      If she'd been a kid who wanted to load on all kinds of make-up at 15, I probably would have wished she'd go lighter on it; but I wouldn't have seen it as a horrible thing.  At 16, I think it's time parents let their daughters experiment with/wear whatever make-up they want.  I, personally, think it's good if a kid knows that there's a place for "day-time"/school/business make-up and a place for "party make-up" - but there are worse things a high-school aged daughter can do than wear too much eyeliner.   smile

      I think my daughter learned where and when one make-up/nail-polish is appropriate, but also got to feel nice about having something like a pink tint on her fingernails once in awhile.  I pretty much think she learned that make-up isn't a big deal, but it's something that girls and women just kind of like as a way of feeling a little bit nicer.  There's a big difference between "a hint of color" and "grease paint on a seventh-grader".

    10. alternate poet profile image68
      alternate poetposted 13 years ago

      In my opinion most responses here miss the basic point - makeup is first about physical attraction, second about commodity.  Anything that makes a child a more physically attractive object is less good.  It is easier to see the point I am trying to make in kids beauty pageants - made up to look adult and striking sexual poses can only be less than a good idea.

      Although kids make up is not directly about sex, it is indirectly.  The over-emphasis of everything sexual in everyday life increases peer pressure on kids to do the same, ultimately the cultural obsession with sex is one facet of problems in relationships.

      Maybe no direct correlation, maybe not such a big issue but it is an issue I think.

      1. Disturbia profile image59
        Disturbiaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I understand your point and I agree that our society places too much emphasis on physical attraction and sexuality.  Personally, I don't agree with beauty pageants in general, especially those that exploite children.   

        I don't know about anyone else's views on makeup, I just know my own. I don't attach too much importance to shades of lipstick and I don't take eyeshadow very seriously either.  To me, it's all decoration and people love to decorate themselves.  At the end of the day, doesn't it all still wash off with soap and water?

    11. profile image0
      Anouserposted 13 years ago

      18 for make up

    12. Greek One profile image64
      Greek Oneposted 13 years ago

      40 years old

      1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
        SomewayOuttaHereposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        ..hey droppin' by to say hi! must be pretty proud...

        1. Greek One profile image64
          Greek Oneposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Hi there

          Yeah, proud.. and sleepy

          1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
            SomewayOuttaHereposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            .....that's nice.....

    13. SharonTheWriter profile image60
      SharonTheWriterposted 13 years ago

      Hey All

      I am a mother of three; two boys and a girl.  I am the sibling of six others; two sisters and four brothers.  I've been an educator since 1995.  I've taught ages 11 and up.  I am also an avid learner and have a huge passion for media impact on society.  I have some pretty strong opinons on the topic but all based on what I've seen and learned through psychology, marketing and holding mini research projects for the development of a program I feel is very needed for all ages.  There is a ton of professional research and a lot known about what is relative to this topic which is sexualization.  The problem is, the research isn't getting talked about, statistics given etc. for various reasons but largely because the interruption it would cause in money flow for major businesses.  It doesn't take alot of looking to find information about it.  Sexualization of a Nation is a good book. 

      Everytime I see a "little girl" with makeup on it makes me a little sad.  And this is because of what is going on in their heads to prompt them to wear make up.  Now, there are exceptions.  It is natural to a certain degree for girls to want to experiment with make up and such.  But for a large majority it is because they are trying to look like something that has been portrayed as real that is not and as what other's want. 

      What making little girls look older actually creates in the minds of others is frightening.  A lot is known about the increasing rate of molestation etc of children and it largely is associated with girls being portrayed as older and people getting mixed up on what is grown, what is not and the boundaries become blurred. 

      As for my daughter, we do our nails and such together and have "girl fun".  She and her little friends do makeovers and experiment with different looks including their hair.  She is ten.  But she knows she is not allowed to wear makeup in public at all.  In middle school, she will be allowed to wear lip gloss and a bit of mascara.  She will not be allowed to wear larger amounts until she is 16 or so.  Right now, we talk alot about being beautiful on the inside.  But it is hard to convince anyone of that when society says it is everything else that matters. 

      Just my two cents! ;P


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