Kara Franklyn was born in Southern California but grew up in Walnut Creek where I went to school there, fought and played with my brothers and sister there, had my first heart broken there and made lifelong friends that no matter where I live will always be there for me! I have lived in several cities in California. From Monterey to Tahoe, DisneyLand to the San Francisco Zoo, it just doesn't get much better! I am married to my best friend, Pete makes me laugh, think and care about what is happening in our world! I am blessed to have family and friends who care about me and laugh at my really dumb jokes!!
Since I totaled my car 3 weeks ago, I've had a rental car, except for this weekend. And of course, Pete was working out of town, so I was without a car. At first, I thought maybe I should rent one, but then I realized there was plenty of little projects I could do at home to keep me busy!! And basically I did just that, but every once in a while I would stop, take a break and check out what was on tv. I came across Toddlers and Tiara's. I had seen it once before when it first came out and found it disturbing, so I didn't watch it again, that is until this weekend. The last time I was amazed at them spray tanning these 2, 3 year olds and up. They would openly say they filled them with pixie sticks and other sugary substances to keep them awake and ready for "their moment." Every Mom that I saw speak said that it was their childs decision to enter pageants and the minute they no longer wanted to do it they would pull them out. Yet over half of these kids would be crying throwing tantrums through out the day, yep, sure looked like they were having fun. So that was the LAST time I watched it. I thought this time, maybe they would have changed things up a bit, if you can believe it, in my mind, it has gotten worse. These 2 year olds, 3 year olds and almost all of the little girls are now given coffee! Straight up coffee. I think the first time I even tried coffee was in high school and even then it just wasn't for me. Some of the Moms were a bit sheepish in explaining that they gave their 3 year old coffee but was quick to add that they had asked their doctor and he had said it was ok! Huh? Other Moms proudly admitted their daughters drank coffee but only during pageants for that pick me up to get them going. Every child I saw on this weekends show either had a super huge meltdown or talked back to their parents, were rude, didn't listen and were, yes, I'll say it, BRATS!! Being cute does not give you the right to behave the way these kids did. But you know what, there is no way you can blame them, least I can't. These parents whole world revolves around these kids and their trophys and titles. It was so disturbing to watch, and made me a bit sick to my stomach! What kind of adults will these kids turn into? What will they do when the world stops revolving around them. These parents can spin it any way they want, but they are turning their kids into monsters and they can't blame anyone but themselves. But then I think, shame on me for watching this mess. I guess the best way to support it going away is to not support it!