I hate how much I love this show. I wish I could turn it off, but it's rare when I do! Most of these parents are living through their children, but I think if the little girl genuinely wants to do it, then let her. She'll grow up and she'll be shown by others how being conceited is not respected. If you want to raise your kid to be a brat, I can't stop you. I think there's a metaphorical "age limit" for pageants. I don't think little kids should be in fake hair, fake teeth, tans, fake, fake, fake. Once they hit the age where they qualify for Miss Teen (insert state here), then I think it's appropriate. My cousin when was in one when she was about 16 or 17, and I honestly couldn't tell the difference from her stage makeup and her regular makeup. Her hair was done up really fancy, but that's all that was different. She wore conservative clothes throughout. Natural beauty IS respected. I think if these little girls were just in plain little sundresses with a bow in her hair, nothing fake, no makeup, then it would be a lot less despicable. I still don't think itty-bitty girls should be in it though.