I usually don’t pay much attention to the teen moms from MTV’s Teen Mom. But then two of my favorite blogger buddies, Emily from YourMomGoesToCollege and Gloria from TeenMomNYC, posted about Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham, who recently wrote about trying to wax her three-year-old’s unibrow.
In a blog post, Farrah wrote:
So here I am faced with a standout historical moment in motherhood when I can confirm to myself that my little, adorable,most cuddle-able cutie, baby girl has a Unibrow , I felt bad for her, and I started asking friends…. is this hair just going to fall out… is it just hormones at this age?, well the hair didn’t go away and others started saying it was here to stay.
So she decides to wax it and that doesn’t go so well—the wax ends up in the towel and Farrah decides to try another tactic:
Sophia feel a sleep, I got my tweezers and Pluck-pluck-pluck……soph was now saying ouch or anything and still was asleep, I got most of it off and then finally she woke up..I went to sleep.
She ends her blog post with:
Ah I feel like a good mom:) other moms tell me your ideas!
Okay, I’ve got questions.
- Just how bad IS this unibrow? As someone whose eyebrows will grow out of control overnight, I can sympathize. But what was the tipping point that made Farrah say, “This is going to be a problem for my three-year-old and I must do something about it”?
- Did she run this by anyone else first? I know she asked around about the unibrow but did anyone else say, “Hey, maybe you shouldn’t do that, it could hurt your daughter”?
Personally, I don’t think I would have done anything to the eyebrows but that’s because I know it can hurt and really, I think kids look cute when they’re full of their little “imperfections.” A mouth with a couple missing teeth, a band-aid covering a boo-boo, hair sticking straight up—all of those things make kids look “real” to me.
Of course, like a few commenters who defended Farrah pointed out, the pageant moms do all of that plus worse. I’ve seen them giving their kids spray tans, fake nails and more. In the larger scheme of things, plucking your toddlers stray hairs might not seem that bad. (Is that where society is now? Scary.)
But what REALLY grabbed my attention about all this is the fact that ABC News covered it. Like it’s an actual story. I wrote about it ’cause Teen Mom kind of falls under things “The Young Mommy Life” could possibly comment on. But ABC News? Really?
I feel bad for Farrah, really. Of course, like me, she chose to put her life out there for public consumption (and gets paid a hefty sum to do it) but when I make parenting mistakes, it’s not plastered over the news channels and I don’t have millions calling me a bad parent.