Preschoolers can be stubborn little creatures, but can you imagine getting the attitude of a teen before they’ve even celebrated their sixth birthday?
One mum is dealing with a cosmetics obsessed five-year-old who refuses to leave the house without makeup, and it’s putting a strain on her marriage.
The mum explains that when her daughter was just four-years-old, she started watching YouTube videos of young girls doing their makeup. These two young YouTubers, who were aged around seven, would say they felt ‘ugly and sad’ without makeup.
“Then their parents would gift them makeup and they would become extremely happy,” the mum explained on reddit. “I found the show inappropriate but my husband let our daughter continue watching, calling it harmless fun.
“Soon our daughter got hooked and started asking for makeup. I myself live makeup-free and don’t own any products. Reluctantly, I bought her a couple of things and she would spend hours putting makeup on her dolls. After a few months, she started demanding to wear lipstick for outings. I felt we were enabling a bad habit but my husband went ahead and let her do it without discussing it with me. Admittedly, she looked super cute in botched up lipstick so I let it slide.”
‘I threw out the makeup – and I’m in trouble’
While it all seemed like harmless fun at the time, the mum says now her five-year-old daughter refuses to leave home without her face made up. “I once again told my husband that this is not a good habit to encourage as she is starting to show body image issues. There was still time to nip it in the bud. But husband refuses to listen and called me old-fashioned.”
But the mum couldn’t let the situation slide, and decided to throw out every piece of her daughter’s makeup.
“Both husband and daughter threw a fit. I feel she is still young and will let go of this habit easily. There are several other productive hobbies that she can pursue. If she wants to wear makeup as an adult she can make that choice for herself. Husband on the other hand picked up a huge fight with me and is asking me to replace all the makeup.”
The mum says she’s refusing to give in, but is wondering if she’s done the right thing.
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