Goodbye Scarlet Fever, Hello Scarlet Face

After concluding a phone conversation, you discover your unattended 4-year-old daughter is no longer working on a puzzle in the next room. She has instead delved into your wife’s make-up stash and used her face as a palette.

Your first reaction is to:
A) Scream and clean her face.
B) Scream and give her a time out.
C) Keep a straight face and grab a camera.

Photo of my daughter with poorly applied make-up. Thick magenta lines are above her eyebrows and a thin blue line is sort of in the proximity of her eyebrows. Lipstick has been generously applied to her lips and the surrounding area.

That’s lipstick on her lips, plus magenta lip liner and blue eye shadow on her eyebrows. She opened a mascara tube, but not knowing what to do with it, she put it away.

And yes, her brief sickness that was dubiously associated with Scarlet Fever a few days ago is just about gone.

My wife wears make-up only on rare occasions and we’ve done nothing to encourage our daughter to become a miniature Barbie or Bratz. It’s so rare I don’t think our daughter has ever seen her mom in make-up.

Oh, but wait, my daughter distinctly remembers one incident a month ago when my wife was giving her a bath. My Little Miss was playing in the tub while her mom organized the bathroom drawers. The make-up kit got taken out, my daughter watched, and a month later here we are.


D) Clean her face and have her apologize, when Mom gets home, for using Mom’s grown-up stuff without permission. Then have a discussion about other grown-up things around the house that she is not to touch.

Ahh, time to use the cordless phone a bit more.

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4 Responses to “Goodbye Scarlet Fever, Hello Scarlet Face”

  1. Mark says:

    Hilarious. I probably need to remember to have reaction “C” more often when I discover my son exploring something new — like last night when he decided to climb up on the counter and empty a full bottle of dishwasher soap in the new wine glasses mommy ordered. Between stuff like that and his fascination with her bras…I tell ya, never a dull moment.

    June 12th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

  2. AJ says:

    I’m surprised none of the make-up wearing moms (I presume most of you wear at least some make-up) cried foul at the comparison of make-up use to Barbie and Bratz. I didn’t mean such a direct comparison, but come on, where’s the outrage?

    Incidentally, that phone conversation was with the finger puppet uncle.

    June 12th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

  3. Darby says:

    I wear makeup every day but not enough for anyone to really notice, so the comparison to Barbie and Bratz doesn’t bother me. My 2 1/2 year old is quite fascinated by my makeup. I try to keep it out of her reach, because she has tried some eye shadow already … on her lips.

    June 12th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

  4. brettdl says:

    I don’t mind the makeup so much, but when my daughter applies a Sharpie to her face and legs ….

    BTW, rubbing alcohol removes Sharpies but NOT Marks-A-Lot.

    June 18th, 2008 at 5:12 am

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