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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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