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Does New Book Help Children Understand Plastic Surgery or Undermine Self Esteem?

By April 18, 2008 - 11:32am
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A Florida plastic surgeon has written a book called "My Beautiful Mommy" the first known picture book aimed at 4-7 year-olds that tries to reassure kiddies about Mom going under the knife.

Needless to say it has stirred up some controversy. Supporters say it adds to understanding about plastic surgery while opponents complain it undermines self esteem. Where do you stand?

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What do little kids know about self esteem, they are just believing what they see. You are right Todd, they asses the situations by looking at the peoples reactions so they are highly influences by those reactions. What could possibly be wrong about kids being aware of plastic surgery??

October 31, 2008 - 6:23am
EmpowHER Guest

teaching your children you are unhappy with yourself. I'm not sure that's a lesson I want to teach my kids.

Some absurdly high percentage of American girls has tried to diet by 4th grade. We hardly need to encourage dissatisfaction with looks to our children; they get fed plenty of that by the media. For my family, I'd rather send them into the world with as much love and confidence as they can get, because the media messages are hard even for the strongest women to resist.

I also agree with previous posters that women ought to be free to get whatever surgical procedures they want. I am not talking about outlawing plastic surgery! But there are some things that simply aren't child-appropriate. I wouldn't give my children details about a number of necessary medical procedures, either, though of course I would tell them I was going into the hospital and that the dr.s were going to help and that I would be fine.

April 23, 2008 - 8:56am

Tina T,

I remember when I was a kid my mom got work done on her eye.

Yes, it was a little strange seeing my mom with bandages but it seemed kind of normal because nobody was freaking out.

Maybe that's what happens to kids.

They look around, evaluate situations by judging the reactions from people around and they make conclusions based on that.

If my family members were freaking out, I would have thought it was horrific, but it wasn't.


April 18, 2008 - 12:20pm
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