At what age do children become self conscious of how they look?

Firstly, I must preface that this has nothing to do with the particular parent, child or their parenting skills.  It could have been any child even my own.

We were at a Christmas party on the weekend.  There was a pretty little 4-year old girl in a lovely party dress.  She accidentally spilled a glass of red wine all over her dress.  Her mother whisked her off to change, but she was very upset, not because she was worried about being told off, as it was a genuine accident, but because she ‘didn’t look pretty anymore’.  This comment freaked both her mother and I out a bit and we did chat about it.  The mother also mentioned that she overheard the girls use the word ‘skinny’ in the nursery playground but didn’t know in what context.

This isn’t the first time.  When my daughter was two I distinctly remember her pal leaning over to her and saying ‘I like your jeans’.  I was absolutely stunned. WTF?  How does a 2-year-old know what they like and what they don’t like when it comes to fashion.  I can appreciate that they may like chocolate, toast or mummy and daddy but clothes??  They couldn’t even dress themselves yet.

How does this happen at such a young age?  Is it parental role models? Media?  How can we stop it from happening?

I would love to hear your ideas.



My Journey from to

I’m still not 100% sure why I’ve moved my blog from to but apparently I’ll have more control, flexibility and if I decide to go down the route of monetising it it’s better to self host as doesn’t allow advertising.  Do bear in mind that I’m not a techie geek so if you are, look away now!

It’s been quite the learning curve so I thought I would write a few posts to summarise my experience, hoping it helps you in some way.

Other Posts in this Series

Registering a Domain Name and Renting Server Space

Exporting Your Blog

Choosing a Theme

Customising Your Header

Redirecting Traffic (TBA)

Plugins (TBA)

Technorati (TBA)