Watch Out Toddlers – Moms On The Loose With Wax and Tweezers

Twenty-year-old reality T.V. star Farrah Abraham, “concerned” that her 3-year-old daughter Sofia was getting bullied, decided to wax her eyebrows in order to enhance her appearance. When that didn’t work, she waited until the toddler was asleep and then plucked the offending hairs out.

Mom has reportedly had several appearance boosters herself (nose job, breast augmentation and chin implant) and is said to be obsessed with her physical appearance.

When challenged about the appropriateness of her actions, she didn’t get it. At all. She felt she had done something positive to help her daughter and said that they are both “proud” of the result.

Can you believe this? Perhaps Child Protective Services should make a house call to Ms. Abraham. Maybe they can put that on T.V. too and let the viewing audience see what the authorities have to say about this mother’s idea of “help.”

At a minimum, we see it as completely misguided and potentially dangerous. To the child it is a painful, frightening and utterly confusing experience. Who would want their mother coming after them with a bowl of wax aimed at their eyes? And just when they thought they had escaped and were safely snoozing away in Dreamland with their favorite binkie, she attacked them with a pair of tweezers?

Maybe Farrah could get a clearer sense of what 3-year-olds need from a good parenting class.  In the meantime, we wonder where and when this borderline abusive behavior towards our littlest girls will stop? How about you?

* By the way, we saw pictures of baby Sofia before her procedure and she was beautiful. No unsightly unibrow was observed. And who bullies 3-year-olds anyway?

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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2 responses to “Watch Out Toddlers – Moms On The Loose With Wax and Tweezers”

  1. Hazel M. Wheeler

    I have to wonder if Mrs Abraham’s unhealthy fixation on her child’s looks is an extension of her own embarrassment about her previous looks? I know grown women who wax their arms and hands because children or others make comments about them being hairy, and instead of just being comfortable with their own appearance and explaining “some people grow more hair on their bodies than others”, they choose instead to modify their appearance. So when I hear of a child being groomed to ward off comments, I believe it may bring up old hurt for the parent who suffered the same teasing. Perhaps their own parents tried to modify their looks or chastised them for not appearing “something” enough to please others. I know of mothers who are waxing or shaving their children way before puberty because of some teasing. But instead of teaching their child to be happy with themselves, they buy into the idea that the kid should adjust to the bully’s perspective and conform– the sad thing is that it puts the responsibility of not being bullied over one’s appearance onto the bullied child, not the bully themselves. That parent is actually *validating* the bully’s position. ick. and sending the message that the child really doesn’t look ‘good enough’ on their own.

    Unless, of course, it could be that the parent is a vapid mess and believes that only looks matter– but then again, they must have had some pretty tragic models in that regard too.

  2. Rachel Zahn

    Bingo, Hazel!

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