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My Beautiful Mommy children's plastic surgery book

Love It or Hate It: My Beautiful Mommy

As plastic surgery becomes more common, so do the issues surrounding it. For instance, how does a woman tell her kids about her upcoming tummy tuck or boob job? To tackle this problem, a plastic surgeon has written My Beautiful Mommy, a book for four- to seven-year-olds.

As Newsweek reports:

[The book] features a plastic surgeon named Dr. Michael (a musclebound superhero type) and a girl whose mother gets a tummy tuck, a nose job and breast implants. Before her surgery the mom explains that she is getting a smaller tummy: "You see, as I got older, my body stretched and I couldn't fit into my clothes anymore. Dr. Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better." Mom comes home looking like a slightly bruised Barbie doll with demure bandages on her nose and around her waist. . . . The book doesn't explain exactly why the mother is redoing her nose post-pregnancy. Nonetheless, Mom reassures her little girl that the new nose won't just look "different, my dear—prettier!"

While I'm for anything that helps kids better understand changes in their world, this book makes me think of the 12-year-old girl who wants implants because her mom has them. Do you think this book is a smart idea, or does it send the wrong message?

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keiraz keiraz 9 years
this is ridiculous why doesn't she explain as well her "tightening" down there if she had one too :-S
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm undecided. It's good for someone who has already made up their mind but doesn't know how to tell their child. At the same time if you can make the decision to get plastic surgery can't you figure out how to tell your kids or what to tell them and what to keep secret. You shouldn't get surgery to completely alter yourself if you have a 4 year old who is going to notice. It sends the wrong message to the kid but I don't think the book itself needs to send that message.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I agree Bella, what is it going to do to a child's self-esteem when Mommy just had the family nose lopped off!
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't agree with this AT ALL.
rachi99 rachi99 9 years
My "Mommy" was beautiful. She was an oncology nurse and a devoted mom and a wise teacher - she taught me that I was fine just as I am. She was beautiful as a PERSON. She died of breast cancer at 52. This book makes me sick.
Jillian-Rueter Jillian-Rueter 9 years
What a stupid idea for a children's book. The author should have written a book to women, maybe giving adivce and different tips in explaining the surgery with their children. Instead, he took the easy way out and decided to write a brainless book that nobody wants to buy. Clothes stop fitting because we gain weight. For that matter, people usually buy clothes that do fit them when their old clothes stop fitting. Duh. I could talk about this for hours but it would get all of us absolutely nowere, and fast.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
This is insane. Hate it.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I'm with Lambsauce and Kimpossible on this one. They've said it perfectly. Where will this lunacy end?
avneetks avneetks 9 years
How absolutely ludicrous. What a way to tell little girls that they (and women in general) aren't beautiful as they are, and need modifications to fit an ideal. Good Lord.
k-squared k-squared 9 years
I'm literally appalled. The message this book sends, based on its cover (hah, judging a book on its cover), is that beauty is put at a premium, which it is, and can only be attained by plastic surgery. Beauty begins from within, people.
BeamerCG BeamerCG 9 years
could we get any more superficial?
milly76 milly76 9 years
nancita nancita 9 years
The saddest part is that the mothers getting plastic surgery wouldn't be able to talk to their kids about it and would instead need a book to do it for them.
lizadilly lizadilly 9 years
If they really wanted to write a book to explain plastic surgery to kids, I think it should go something like, "Well my dear, the patriarchal underpinnings of our youth- and sex- obsessed society pressure me to loathe rather than appreciate the miracle of my body, even and especially after bearing life! Plus, Dr. Michael really, really wants to make more money!" Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with explaining things to children. It has to do with intentionally conditioning girls to accept and want plastic surgery -- why do you think the main character is a DAUGHTER and not a SON?
omlove omlove 9 years
Its disturbing !!!!!! Ewww
refinnej refinnej 9 years
it completely sends the wrong message. double edged sword though. good information but if mommy doesn't have positive self-esteem where does the daughter learn it???
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 9 years
This really makes me sad. I would like to think that the age of plastic surgery and vain attempts to look like someone else died with the 90s... How sad that our children are learning that in order to be a secure and amazing human, you need to change yourself when they should really be learning how to love themselves for who they are inside! argh!
secrethoughts secrethoughts 9 years me, this implies that beauty comes from surgery, which is horrible. Plus, how will the kids who've inherited the "flaws" feel when mom has surgery to "fix" everything? All kids think their mom is beautiful, and that's exactly how it should be. Ick.
k_izzle k_izzle 9 years
That is the stupidest way to mess up a child.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
So basically this book is telling little girls "You need to "fix" yourself to be good enough and what you look like is all that matters anyway." Great message idiots! I'm not letting my future children, if I have any, be exposed to garbage like this. Even though things like this make me think I really do need to have kids.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
This just seems all kinds of inappropriate...starting with the plastic surgeon being made out to some type of "super hero"...somebody has got a false-sense of self.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 9 years
Our world today is an odd one... Never criticize your appearance in front of your children, they look at themselves and think theirs is wrong too...
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Yeah, I keep thinking of the kids who might have Mommy's nose/waist/whatever. Bet they're going to grow up feeling REALLY secure with themselves. Sigh.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think most kids think their moms are beautiful. How is a kid supposed to feel when they are told they aren't without surgery? How is that going to psychologically affect the child? xzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzXXXXXX And that's what my cat has to add to that.
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