"You know, when your kids are 5 or 6 they already start playing with makeup," Abraham alleged, adding, "And I was the only mother in freakin' elementary school getting called in to deal with makeup on her daughter."
She went on to recount, "So I said to them — and I proved my point because then the principal switched schools — I go, 'Well then you should take off your makeup. If you don't want little girls coming to school with makeup then don't wear makeup.'"
Hold on. Wait. So based on her argument, children should live by all the same rules as adults. If kids can't drink alcohol, adults shouldn't either. If kids can't drive cars, adults should stop doing that, too. Come on!
I get the idea of setting a good example for kids. But it's also important for children to understand that certain things are okay for grown-ups, but not for them. I certainly don't go to bed at 8:00 just because my kids do. And I watch R-rated movies, and don't plan to stop just because the content isn't appropriate for children.
I do agree with one of Abraham's points on this matter. She also said, "There's bigger things to worry about than makeup." Indeed.
So if Sophia is adamant about wearing makeup, and this is seriously the biggest problem Abraham is facing raising her daughter, then by all means, let the child wear some age-appropriate sparkly lip gloss. But this star mama has to be the one to set limits. Or else she's in big trouble when it comes time to deal with the big issues.
As for my three daughters, who are 8, 5, and 3, there is no makeup allowed yet. Because they grow up way too fast anyway. And I know they will get to the mascara, and the blush, and the high heels, etc. No need to rush it!
What is your take?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.