Sometimes pageant moms can be udderly ridiculous…
Only on Toddlers and Tiaras will you meet a mother who says this:
and about twenty minutes later shoots a deadly look at her husband from behind the judges before saying this:
Wait a minute…isn’t that why you entered Natali in pageants to begin with?
I don’t think Natali is shy. Natali is submissive around her mother. There’s a difference. Part of her mother’s identity is the closeness she’s cultivated with Natali, including the decision to continue breastfeeding a three-and-a-half year old child (which deserves a whole other post entirely).
It’s very clear that every time Natali tries something new her mother is the first to question it. If this continues, Natali will become a nervous child who second guesses herself. Natali’s mother is afraid of her daughter not needing her.
Thank goodness this girl has a father to protect her:
It’s funny too because when Natali is done with her routine you could see the father racing to get to the stage before the mother so he could be the first one to talk to Natali after her solo performance.
He wanted to be sure the first reaction Natali got after doing something brave like going on stage alone for the first time was a positive one and not a psychologically destructive negative one from her mother.
“Michael will be going on stage with her for her next routine, and I guess I’ll have to make my instructions a little more clear”
Thank goodness that didn’t happen.
Natali is inhibited by a fear of her mother’s reaction. It’s clear Natali knows that no matter how well she does something, if she doesn’t do it mom’s way she’ll always be reprimanded as if she failed.
She knew her beauty routine but you could see her hesitate on stage as she tried to follow her mother’s coaching. I bet if Natalie went to pageants alone with her father she’d perform flawlessly.
I wouldn’t be surprized one bit if Natali weaned herself but continues to nurse because she’s afraid of how her mother might react if she said she didn’t want to anymore.