My beautiful, scarring-me-forever mommy?

MybeautifulmommyBy now, you’ve probably heard about the new children’s book, My Beautiful Mommy, written by a Florida plastic surgeon who wants to help patients struggling to explain to their kids, ages 4 to 7, why mommy is bruised, bandaged, and unable to parent them for a few days after surgery. As the author told Reuters, "This book was written with the best of intentions. It wasn’t trying to corrupt society. It is not glamorizing plastic surgery. It is not intended to be a best seller that children read with their parents before they go to sleep." Well, that’s good.

I’m torn over how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I can imagine how difficult it must be to explain a "transformation" to a child. If a woman’s going to elect surgery regardless, why not help her (and more importantly, the kids) through it? On the other hand, as some critics have already noted, mommy’s explanation that her nose job will make her look "not just different, my dear — prettier!" does appear to send the message that beauty is the goal, and that it’s worth any price.

What do you think: a practical solution for a well-defined demo, or pure evil?

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  • Snarf

    Ugh. Pure Evil. Why can’t they just use the old “fell down the stairs/walked into a door or wall” excuses that have been used many a time for far more sinister reasons?

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you, Snark. The fruits of the Devil, this is.

  • Amy

    Um, I think this is the saddest thing ever.

  • Melanie

    pure. evil.

  • Jelana

    This book is for the little girls who will get boob jobs for their 16th birthday presents, and for the little boys who will never consider dating a girl who didn’t get a boob job for her sixteenth birthday.

  • Erin

    pure evil.
    IF the author had tried to tackle surgery recovery in general, I could see it as a valid addition to a childs library.
    Some cosmetic surgery is for medical reasons, my coworker did have a hard time explaining her significant breast reduction to her 7 year old. But it was for medical reasons which obviously made it a little easier.

  • Suzanne

    Puleeze! Why not name the book “Mommy is so vain that she has to have plastic surgery” Come on people, no one gets out of this life alive. Besides who wants to 80 with “perky” ones? We as a society need to learn that the pretty package doesn’t always come with pretty things inside.

  • wildecat

    Jelana – you nailed it. So, so pathetic and sad.

  • Andi


  • Ben

    It is that “Swan” mentality where they wheel in the family so dad can drool over mom’s flattened tummy, uplifted butt and stripper boobs and the kids can drone on about how pretty mom is now. What happens when the mommy suddenly wonders what everybody must have thought about how she looked before the work? I think my self-esteem would plummet and I’d realize I was a walking joke with fat lips, rock-hard implants and a weird looking tummy…right before I head back to the ice cream to screw myself up again. Not so much evil as another sign of the end times.

  • Al Fredo

    So, let me get this straight. Women can apply some critical thinking and come to the conclusion to have plastic surgery, but they can’t figure out how to explain it to their kids? And of course the good doctor, altruistic as he is, has no issue cashing in on this book (vs. say putting together a little handout to give to his clients with whatever guidance is appropriate). I am not sure which is worse.

  • EP Sato

    Go figure that a plastic surgeon from Miami (the most shallow and materalistic city in America) would make a book to explain to kids why mommy has new boobs. It’s pure evil, but no more so than anything else from that vile hole of swampland run by the Cuban mafia.

  • Nix

    As I’ve said before, the Long Count ends in 2012. There was an earthquake in Illinois today. Food riots across the world. Meanwhile, some smart idiot running a hedge fund made six billion dollars for himself last year betting people’s mortgages would go bust. I think the ship has sailed on the Apocalypse. This is merely an artifact of the real-time collapse of civilization. I’m gonna go learn how to hunt and gather now. And move to a nice, temperate climate. Like Greenland.

  • mel

    For some reason, this doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  • hey

    I can’t think of everything. So kill me if I bought big boobs. It’s helpful to have a book to explain this to the little brutes. Not that they care. Did they care about the pain during my tummy tuck? No. Not everyone was born beautiful. Kids have to learn this too. Get off your high horses. Yeah, I mean you, the one with two chins. You know who you are.

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