I placed an order for school pictures for my daughter, who is in 6th grade. You know how you fill out the form that comes home from school and you just select the package you want and write the check? I didn’t read the paper, word for word because it’s been the same thing year after year. I just selected the package I wanted, wrote my check and put it in the envelope.
Well, she brought the pictures home and, I kid you not, they look like Glamour shots! I mean, they AIRBRUSHED her face! Not a single pimple and barely a freckle shows! At first, I told my daughter how absolutely beautiful the pictures were but my husband thought differently. He told her that they were very pretty but he would have really liked them to not have been so heavily-edited because he wanted to see her naturally, beautiful face! Now I’m wishing I would have thought to say that to her because I don’t want her thinking that she has to be just perfect.
I’m now finding myself rather annoyed with the picture company for doing this with such young kids. It’s like they’re trying to give these young ladies a complex at this early age about their appearance! What would you do, Rene?
Signed: Fuming in Florida
Like you, I’m troubled by what appears to be society/Madison Avenue pushing our kids (primarily girls) to grow up so quickly. And I have to agree with you; this eternal quest for perfection, or at least the appearance of it, is just no good. So, how to handle your situation? Here’s what I would do it I were you.