Painting Little Toes

Last Friday we indulged in our first “girly” parenting moment. My girls aren’t very girly if I’m honest. We inherited an Elsa dress which neither want to wear, favouring their big brothers Batman or Spiderman outfits. Pink isn’t a big thing in this house and we are all often found playing in the garden getting dirty and being a tad wild.

On my three hour child free morning where the girls go off to nursery, I popped into town and found a lovely bright coral nail varnish which I got for myself. When I headed home I redid my toes and loved how bright they were in flip flops.

As soon as I picked the girls up they noticed this change illuminating from my feet and were really intrigued. They kept pointing and then touching them in amazement.

After we picked Charlie up and were in the garden the fascination hadn’t waned so I asked them if they wanted theirs doing; P2 instantly said no whereas her sister was very keen. She sat lovely as I painted her dinky little toe nails. Her face once they were done! She walked around strutting like the proudest girl in the world and kept pointing at them. Her twin on seeing all the commotion she was making, decided she wanted hers doing too. So twenty little toes were adorned with coral nail polish and looking super cute.


It was only when my husband came home did I start to rethink it all. He was not impressed that I had painted their toes as he didn’t think it was appropriate as they’re too young. To me? It was a bit of harmless fun that we had in the garden as they wanted to be like Mommy. But it got me thinking.

I detest when small children go out wearing face filled with make up, or tiny get squeezed into high heels. When girls are conscious of what they wear, what they look like and heartbreakingly what they weigh.

At three years old, is a bit of toe nail polish paving the way for them to start becoming aware of their image?

Honestly? No. I hope not anyway. It will remain as a bit of fun that isn’t done often and isn’t done to enhance image. I remember painting Charlie’s nails when he was about three or four and again that was inquisitiveness and made into fun game we shared.

With children nowadays, it can be quite scary when you see little girls having spray tans and wearing make up as they feel they need it. I have to admit I did feel a little sad that what was fun between me and the girls may have been seen as me being a bad guy and making the girls image conscious and not letting them be kids. But I know they enjoyed it and as a one off treat, I’m glad we got to indulge in a bit of girly time that was totally their choice and we loved it.

What do you think – too much or just fun?

B xx

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14 Comments

  1. 20th June 2016 / 8:18 am

    SOOOO cute! I don’t think there is a problem with little girls (and boys for that matter!!) having a little polish on their toes xXx

  2. 20th June 2016 / 8:45 am

    Awh very cute! My boys love a bit of polish on their fingers and toes when they are playing at their girl cousins. I bet she felt so grown up! x

  3. 20th June 2016 / 9:42 am

    Aww! How cute. I think it’s just a bit of fun. My girls have loved having their toes painted from an early age.

  4. 20th June 2016 / 12:24 pm

    So cute definitely a bit of fun for every now and then. It is a shame that girls are becoming body conscious at such a young age though.

  5. 20th June 2016 / 1:40 pm

    I agree that we don’t want our kids to be thinking about make-up etc when they are small, but I think this was just a bit of fun, and a one-off, and it was their toes too, not their faces! it seems pretty harmless to me, but always good to think about these things just in case.

  6. 20th June 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Toe painting, nail painting it’s all fun and games. I’ve no issues with it whatsoever. If anything it looks adorable 💖

  7. 20th June 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Aw how cute are the little feet?! I think painting toenails is a bit of fun, they’re just being like mummy and it’s completely different to a full face of makeup! X

  8. 21st June 2016 / 5:28 pm

    I agree, I think when its done every so often its just a bit of harmless fun but hate seeing little girls with makeup on or thinking they have to paint themselves to look pretty.

  9. 21st June 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I think it’s a bit of fun. My daughter loves it. We do a lot of nail art on hers and she thinks it’s great. So ironic as I don’t wear any nail varnish lol x

  10. 22nd June 2016 / 10:35 am

    Aw I love this and it is the kind of thing I look forward to doing with my twin girls too. I agree that it is harmless fun xxxx

  11. Jess
    25th June 2016 / 9:49 am

    Oh gosh this is so cute! I always see parents doing this with their little ones, but i’m not quite sure Abbie would be happy enough to sit still and let me do it, she’s one of those kids who are always on the go, plus she’d probably just rub it all off straight away anyway haha. xx

  12. 27th June 2016 / 12:54 pm

    I think nail painting with little ones is harmless and just a little bit of fun. How cute are her little toes! My daughter always asks me to do hers when she is on half term and I always let her sometimes we even go to the salon together for a little pamper and it is a great bonding time for her and I. x

  13. 28th June 2016 / 5:54 am

    That’s so cute. I have three daughters and they really love mini pamper sessions. Even my 20 month old begs for her nails to be painted.

  14. 1st July 2016 / 8:27 am

    Awww I love that you have matching nail polish, cute!