It’s just a bit of makeup…
My daughter has been fascinated with my makeup since she was about three.
When her cousin used to come over during school holidays they’d take my old make up, slather it all over their faces, practice a dance and perform for us all. It was incredibly cute. I didn’t think much of it until my now five-year-old daughter put on a bit of makeup and dressed up one weekday afternoon. I’ve since bought her a very cute kid’s makeup kit and she carries it with her everywhere.
When my husband walked through the door that night, he was horrified.
“Caterina, are you wearing makeup?” he asked.
“Yes,” she answered carefully, picking up on his distress.
She ran over to me and my husband walked up to us and said, “Why is she wearing makeup?”
“Because she likes it,” I said. “I bought her a little kit. It’s not a big deal.”
In addition to wearing makeup, she also obsessively watches YouTube makeup tutorial videos, like this Queen Elsa one. Post continues after the video.
He started muttering and walked away. I whispered to Caterina to go and wipe it all off because dinner was ready but did that thing married people do where I filed the matter away for an argument/discussion after the kids were safely tucked into bed.
We got stuck into it minutes after the kids were asleep.
He just hated the fact she was wearing makeup, even though it was just a bit of kid’s makeup and quite light. I tried to figure out why he found it so upsetting but he didn’t even know why he was so freaked out by it. I put on my wife/counselor hat and suggested it might be because he doesn’t want her to grow up too fast. In his mind, it was probably going something like this…
Makeup…puberty…kissing boys…moving out…having sex…getting a job…growing up…not needing us…