Many people enjoy watching child beauty pageants because young children are just a joy to watch, especially when they are all dressed up and enjoy what they’re doing. While many of the little contestants competing in child beauty pageants genuinely enjoy the competition, there can be some negatives associated with these events. However, keep in mind that most of the cons of child beauty pageants flare up when the child is being forced to participate, or the child’s parents take it too seriously and eliminate the fun that is supposed to be had at these events. Below are a few of the cons that can come from child beauty pageants:
- Bad Attitude – Some children do not enjoy getting up in front of people and performing. When they are made to do this repetitively, they can develop a bad attitude towards themselves and others, which is unhealthy.
- Low Self-Esteem – Child beauty pageants should help a child develop self-confidence, but sometimes the opposite happens. Some children have a strong desire to win and when they fail they can develop low self-esteem if their parents aren’t supportive and encourage them to work harder for the next pageant.
- Time Commitment – Child beauty pageants take a lot of time to prepare for as contestants need to practice their talents, smile, walk and posture regularly in order to get ready for a competition. While this doesn’t have to take up hours every day, it will take up some time, when done properly.
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Surprisingly, most of the unsportsmanlike conduct that is exhibited at child beauty pageants is done by other parents when their children don’t win. While it may be beneficial for your child to be exposed to this, as a parent, you have to be careful to refrain from becoming one of the above mentioned parents if you want your child to learn how to lose (and win) with grace. You also need to be around to protect your child from parents who behave like this too!