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AIBU or is painting children's finger & toenails....

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buxomwenchonapony Fri 03-Jun-11 08:53:37

... just harmless fun?


Is it just the beginning of the lifelong quest for beauty, the first idea that she is 'better' when she is painted or plucked or tanned or in some way adorned.

Only I've just painted dd1's toenails (she's 4). She asked for blue toenails with pink spots and I obliged, that's ok, isn't it? Or will i be taking her for spray tans and eyelash extensions next?

I expect this topic has been done to death previously. I'm new though, humour me?!

MangoTango Fri 03-Jun-11 08:57:22

Harmless fun. For some reason i think it looks better once it is chipped on small kids though, as it looks like it is not being taken too seriously!

Bonsoir Fri 03-Jun-11 08:58:17

Stop overthinking this. Humans have enjoyed decorating their bodies in all societies across the world throughout history.

AuntieMonica Fri 03-Jun-11 09:00:33

I certainly won't be taking DD for spray tans and eyelash extensions, but she does have 'hip hop' orange toe nails atm

it's not about 'beauty' it's about fun to us, so YANBU

Shodan Fri 03-Jun-11 09:00:50

Harmless fun.

Except when ds2 decided to paint his own nails. With dark red polish. On our white bed linen.

He actually painted his hands and feet, too. Very decorative.

swash Fri 03-Jun-11 09:01:35

Hate it! And especially don't like the harsh chemicals on young nails. Dds did for first time - 6 and 4 - at a friend's house. I guess I have to let them from time to time but would far rather not.

CoffeeDodger Fri 03-Jun-11 09:02:52

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PhishFoodAddiction Fri 03-Jun-11 09:03:00

I think it's pretty harmless really.

My 4yo loves having a bit of nail varnish on so I let her every once in a while.

I don't like her to wear it when she has nursery though, so it's only in hols or at weekend.

CrapolaDeVille Fri 03-Jun-11 09:05:37


buxomwenchonapony Fri 03-Jun-11 09:06:00

Phew! Thank you, I'm reassured. Probably am over thinking it, and they do look nice.

Now, AIBU as a 32 year old mother of two, to paint my own nails blue with pink spots?!

HerHissyness Fri 03-Jun-11 09:06:25

Think it looks as bad as pierced ears tbh.

it's OK for dress up, but not out and about, and should definitely be taken off for school.

Imnotaslimjim Fri 03-Jun-11 09:08:05

Harmless fun. My DD is 3 and loves having her nails done

I think mum being one to be primped, preened and permanently bronzed is much more psychologically damaging to a young child as that DOES make them think that you are better when you're perfect

SeenButNotHeard Fri 03-Jun-11 09:08:52

I came home from work last night to find that holiday club has painted dd's nails for the first time - a fetching lime green and orange combo.

Was a little more surprised to see ds (4) with an even more fetching red and blue number - he loves it grin

catwhiskers10 Fri 03-Jun-11 09:09:26

I think it's harmless fun.
If it gets to the stage they're getting up an hour early to cake their face in make up before school and demanding spray tans and hair extensions, then you have a problem!

ScrotalPantomime Fri 03-Jun-11 09:12:04

Harmless fun, but I was very careful to wait until my DD was old enough to ask me to do it (she was about 3.6 and had seen her friends have it done, I hardly ever do mine), rather than suggest it to her IYSWIM?

I also only get bright colours, nothing like dark pink/purple or red as they just look too grown up IMO.

DaisyDaresYOU Fri 03-Jun-11 09:13:52

Yanbu ive painted dds toes nails she's 2nd a half but that because she wanted me to.She also likes me to put make up on her whilst I do mine.I think it's sweet.I wouldn't let her wear make up out though

CoffeeDodger Fri 03-Jun-11 09:16:24

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brownsauce Fri 03-Jun-11 09:20:04

My 10 year old has just gone for a 9 am appointment to get a manicure and a pedicure before we go on holiday to france tomorrow, which she has paid for herself, with saved up pocket money.
She does this maybe once every couple of months if she is going somewhere special, i never painted her nails when she was little, maybe this is the start of the slippery slope!

SomethingSuitablyWitty Fri 03-Jun-11 09:20:53

Definitely do your nails blue with pink spots OP. Sounds fabulous! <goes off searching for the right shade of pink>

AuntieMonica Fri 03-Jun-11 09:21:45

<stepping back from thread now>

Zanywany Fri 03-Jun-11 09:25:04

Nothing wrong with it. We even painted the dogs nails last time the nail varnisg was out!

bupcakesandcunting Fri 03-Jun-11 09:26:23

My DS loves having his finger/toenails painted and he has a knack for choosing a shade for each that clashes in such a fashionable way that Gok Wan would be jealous.

BsshBossh Fri 03-Jun-11 09:52:09

Does anyone here wonder or worry about the harsh chemicals on little ones' thin nails? I do but then I don't know if IBU??? My DD is nearly 3.

BlueFergie Fri 03-Jun-11 10:06:28

Harmless. My DD loves having them done but I only do them for Christmas/ summer holidays as I don't think it would be good for her nails to have them always covered with varnish. DS loves getting toenails done too although DH wasn't too impressed last time I did his!

katvond Fri 03-Jun-11 10:29:52

I wont allow DD to do it as she's a tendency to bite it off and I'm not sure if it dangerous or not, so no.

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