At Least I'm Not Botox Mom!

I know I'm not perfect, but when I look at someone like that Botox mom, I have to admit I feel pretty good about myself.

When it comes to being a mom, I try my best not to gossip or to , because as I’ve written before, I’ve certainly had my fair share of parenting snafus.

Heck, as I write this, my daughter’s room is a total disaster, and instead of insisting that she clean it, I’m allowing her to watch some mind-numbingly stupid drivel on TV.

Yes, I know that TV is a privilege, and she shouldn’t even be watching TV before dinner on a school day (a rule of mine that seems to have gone by the wayside lately), but if you want the honest truth, I am too busy/lazy to deal with the drama that making her turn off the TV and start would entail.

So while, yes, letting her watch a borderline inappropriate tween drama on Teen Nick so I can get my work done, won’t exactly qualify me for Mother of the Year, there are certainly worse things I could be doing.

Like sticking her in beauty pageants and injecting her with Botox.

Or lying about sticking her in beauty pageants and injecting her with Botox, so I can make $200 from a junky British tabloid and earn my 15 minutes of fame.

And having her pose for fake photos and then lie about getting the injections to help her deal with her 8-year-old wrinkles on national television to make (reportedly) $10,000 for a Good Morning America interview.

Yeah, that Botox mom is one crazy lady!

And while Sheena Upton or Kerry Campbell or whatever-her-name-is certainly makes for some titillating  gossip and feelings of maternal superiority (I’m not the worst mom in the world because I let the “F” word slip out as I screamed at my fighting children last week), I think we can all agree that the whole situation is just sad.

Beyond sad.

What kind of mother is so desperate for attention or money that she would participate in a scam that ultimately led to her daughter being taken away from her by child protective services–even if it was only temporary?

I think the only person who benefits in this whole scenario will be the little girl’s future therapist who is surely going to make a lot of money off of this poor child's emotional trauma.

And let’s be honest, with a mom as kooky as that, more emotional trauma is sure to come this little girl’s way in the not-too-distant future.

(What I really hope comes out of all of this is that she stands back and takes a look at herself and learns to be a better mother.)

So while I don’t like to gossip (much), and I usually don’t feel as if I have a right to judge, I’m pretty confident in stating that while sometimes I’m lazy, and sometimes I say things I shouldn’t, I’m a way better mother than she is.

But that certainly doesn't mean I shouldn't strive to be better. And maybe I need to stop being so busy/lazy and get my daughter to get busy herself (on her room) and stop being so lazy (with that TV).

Scott Hand May 21, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Well said. I would add that I personally believe beauty pageants should be outlawed. It is borderline child abuse. Well that's what Mr. Hand thinks anyway.
Rick Petitfils May 22, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Your the best
Charlene Ross May 26, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Agreed Scott! Beauty pageants are disgusting - they totally set girls up for a lifetime of self-hatred. And Rick, thank you! (And thank you for your kind email too!)


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