I’ve really enjoyed reading all the comments up to now! It’s made me think, for sure! My whole family is pretty obsessed with pageants. All of my cousins and their girls grew up doing them and mostly winning due to great training. I must acknowledge, I made the mindful decision to not do beauty pageants with Madison when she was born.
From the time she was an infant everyone pressured me to enter her into ‘something’ and I just refused. I need others to validate that with a sash? In my opinion, some kids will be able to do pageants likely, never win, and never care. But, as Shelley stated, there are a lot of others that will internalize losing deeply. That is why, easily had to choose a side, I would select the “harm” side. It may hurt, but you are capable of doing it next time better.
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How do you manage to understand that no matter how hard you attempted to be the most beautiful, you merely enough were still not good? I think some kids are certain to get their feelings hurt over losing ANY game or contest or not being the best at their craft. I do think that the focus being on how beautiful one it could turn bad and harmful completely. Of course, things in moderation are very unlikely to cause harm. …