Beauty Pageants- Helpful or Harmful?

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A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. - Rachel Carson The issue whether beauty pageants help or hurt a child has yet to be established. Some pageants are better than others, but most of the problems that occur are often the fault of the parents themselves. There are many pros and cons to beauty pageants, but are they actually superficial? Beauty pageants and self-image go hand-in-hand. They can be great experiences for children. Being in front of large audiences as a child will help them be comfortable in front of crowds. Just this can carry over into a multitude of other activities, such as dance, dramas, music recitals, and future public speaking classes they’ll probably have to take in high school or college. A pageant girl usually learns to be comfortable in front of strangers. The majority of child pageants and parents work toward creating a sense of camaraderie among the kids. The kids play together backstage and the parents often help each other out. Some contestants have actually made lifelong friends from competing in pageants. When the parents have the right attitude, the children will too. Under these circumstances, pageants can teach kids to be gracious winners and good losers. They'll learn the aspects of rules and fair play. Sounds great, right? Gaining poise and confidence is cited most often by parents as the reason for putting their child into these contests, however, they are undoubtedly one of the worst activities a parent could choose for children to take part in. Although I completely understand that there are many different beauty pageants and not all of them are as severe, but at the core they are all flawed and not something your children should be encouraged to take part in. Some parents don't adequately prepare their kids...
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