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Not again!

I swear I always swore I would NEVER be one of “those” moms. You know the ones I’m talking about. That crazy mom lady that enters her child(ren) into every single contest in hopes she will score 15 minutes of fame, a prize, or at best, some money. Don’t get me wrong… I am a little proud that my daughter is gorgeous, but doesn’t every mom think her kids are the most beautiful beings to walk this earth? I don’t think I’m any different. People always tell me how pretty Adaleigh is, but recently the compliments have been almost obnoxiously repetitive. I know, I’m a terrible mom for getting annoyed by polite people that find beauty in Adaleigh’s presence. Or maybe it just seems like there are a lot more of compliments these days because I’m actually going OUT in public instead of sitting around my house in LaGrange all by my lonesome. HaHa! Yeah, that must be it.

So, we just wrapped up a magazine contest in the Tampa Bay area where my best friend Brooke (http://brookelouisephotography.blogspot.com/) entered a photo she took of Adaleigh a few weeks ago. We must of spent several hours voting for her, created a Facebook event to tell everyone to vote, and RT it a billion times on Twitter. The finalists haven’t even been announced and people are already screaming for me to enter her into other contests. (BTW, we find out Friday if she will be a finalist.)

And still, I gave in. I entered Adaleigh into another photo contest. Oh lawd! What am I thinking?! This is not going to be a regular occurance, or at least I keep telling myself that. I mean, don’t get me wrong… I would definitely be so happy if she won, but I just have this guilt that I shouldn’t push her to do something she doesn’t want to do. Yeah, she’s only 1 (almost 2)… at this point, she can’t tell me if she wants to or not. BUT I have always been against those pushy mothers, aka “pageant moms”. They make me sick. I’m not sure why I am comparing a photo contest with moms that try to make a career out of their children and end up sucking the childhood out of the child, but I am so strongly against it that something similar makes a little uneasy about the whole situation.

I think it’s great that people think my kid has potential, but seriously… this is it. After this contest… we are retiring Adaleigh from her contest days for a while, and possibly forever. I would much rather wait until she is old enough to make a decision and say, “Mom, can I enter this contest, pageant, show, club, etc.” then to push her until she is old enough to say, “Mom, I don’t want to do this anymore. Can we stop now?”

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