Toddlers in Tiaras

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Through the multiple seasons of Toddlers and Tiaras, viewers have been able to view the growth and changes of some of America’s beloved Toddlers. One toddler in particular, Mackenzie Myer’s has grown on viewers and become a household name. Whether you love her or not, if you watch Toddlers and Tiaras you know the name Mackenzie. She is well known for her temper tantrums and her rude comments to her mother. As the seasons have progressed, it is said that Mackenzie’s fame has grown, but so have her attitude. Over two episodes in particular, you can clearly see how Mackenzie’s behavior has gotten worse over time.

Mackenzie first appears in season three episode one entitled “Le Maison de Paris.” In this episode, Mackenzie gets her first taste of fame. While she has been in pageants before, this is the first one that is being televised. During this episode it is clear that she does not like her mother and that she refuses to listen to her. She says things such as “I’m not doing what you tell me” and “I can do whatever I want too.” From the first time she opens her mouth in this episode, viewers can see that she is a diva. She does whatever she wants, whenever she wants. When interviewed on one, she tells the camera crew that “she is getting out of here.” Seeing her one on one without her mother shows that it is not just her mother that makes her act out. She acts out the most when she is with being interviewed with the camera. This can be attributed to her constantly being watched and under the pressures of the camera.

Mackenzie returns to Toddlers and Tiaras for a second time in Toddlers and Tiaras Gold Coast, Arizona. This time, Mackenzie comes back with more attitude than ever before. One scene in particular shows Mackenzie being her dramatic self, but this time she is really acting out. With hair and makeup already done, Mackenzie’s mom, Juana, is trying to get her dress on her so that she can finally go on stage for her beauty walk. Being surrounded by cameras and having people talking to her from every angle, Mackenzie finally breaks down. She cannot handle the pressure and throws a temper tantrum asking for her pacifier which she calls her “ni-ni.” This poor little girl does not stop screaming and crying until everyone leaves the room and she gets her “ni-ni.”

In her third episode entitled Toddlers and Tiaras Universal Royalty, Mackenzie is up against her biggest competition Eden Woods. With the added pressures of going against a major front runner in her age division, Mackenzie acts out more than ever. Throwing temper tantrums left and right, mom Juana was not sure that Mackenzie would even make it on stage for all of her events. After this episode, Mackenzie and her mother decide to take a break from the pageant scene for a while so that Mackenzie can calm down and get out of the spotlight for a little while.

After a few months out of the pageant world, Mackenzie returns to Toddlers and Tiaras in season five episode two called “Lollipops and Gumdrops Pageant.” This time, her behavior is even worse than before. Mackenzie has been in the limelight ever since her first episode in Toddlers and Tiaras. She says in this episode that people recognize her and ask her for autographs wherever she goes. The fame and constantly being watched seems to have pressured Mackenzie in to acting out even worse than before. She is more disrespectful to her mother than before and is now even more disrespectful to the pageant crew and other contestants. She is more concerned about winning, and will not let anything get in her way.

From the episodes that Mackenzie appears in, it is clear that she is put under tremendous pressure to perform well. Her constantly being on camera or in the tabloid does not make the pressure any better, but in fact makes it worse leading to her acting out more. Over the progression of the episodes, Mackenzie acts worse and acts out more frequently due to the increase in fame. With fame comes with paparazzi that are constantly watching her. On multiple occasions throughout the episodes Mackenzie even comments about how she has become more famous as she has entered more pageants and has been one more and more episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras.

So What?


This issue is prevalent to the moms of the girls on Toddlers and Tiaras, all pageant moms in general, moms raising children, or even people thinking about having children. This is a growing issue as more child stars are being produced daily.

To the moms of the girls on the show Toddlers and Tiaras, this is a warning to you as to what may happen to your daughter. Constantly being watched is proven to cause stress on anyone, especially young ones. Putting your little girl in pageants has already caused them stress to perform well. Now multiply that by the amount of stress that comes from the pageant being televised to the entire nation as the preparation process of the pageant being broadcast as well. This adds even more pressure to your daughter making her act out because she is young and does not know how to handle it. This can cause you, as a mom, problems in parenting and day to day life.

To pageant moms in general, they need to be aware that this can happen to your child. The more the child enters into the pageant world, the more her name will be known. She will be monitored by the pageant circuit throughout her career and if she competes enough and is good enough, she can start to be seen in the public eye which will put the little girl under tremendous pressure. The more pressure that the girl is under, the more likely she is to act out and misbehave because of the tremendous amount of stress that is caused by constantly being watched.

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To moms raising children or even thinking about having children, you need to think about how this can apply to your children or future children. You have seen how the constant pressure of putting them in pageants can affect them, but what about other things that can cause your child to be in the limelight? For example, putting your son in sports. It may seem harmless at first, but what about when he makes it big? Even if he just makes it big on the local High School team, he will be under tremendous stress because he is expected to perform at such high levels. The whole high school will be looking at him and constantly watching him to make sure that he doesn’t mess up. This can cause him to act out at home, or at school because he doesn’t know how to handle the pressure. Think about what your child is doing and why he/she may be acting out.

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