You have got to be kidding

I thought this was a joke at first… sadly, it is not*

From US magazine:

A Florida plastic surgeon has written a children’s book called My Beautiful Mommy – out on Mother’s Day – to teach kids why their mother is going under the knife for cosmetic enhancements.

“The kids have questions,” author Dr. Michael Salzhauer told Newsweek.

My Beautiful Mommy is about a mother who gets a tummy tuck, breast implants and a nose job.

“You see, as I got older, my body stretched and I couldn’t fit into my clothes anymore,” the character explains. “Dr. Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better.”

Salzhauer said while “parents generally tend to go into this denial thing” and “try to ignore the kids’ questions completely,” children are legitimately confused and worried.

For instance, he said, “With the tummy tucks, [mothers] can’t lift anything, they’re in bed.”

One mother interviewed by Newsweek was grateful.

“I didn’t want [my son] to think [the surgery] was because I was hurting,” she said. “It was to make me feel good.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 348,000 breast augmentations and 148,000 tummy tucks were performed in 2007.

*I have no problems with plastic surgery, but a children’s book??!! COME ON! The picture, if it weren’t so pathetically sad, is comical – mom with her belly showing and tight pants; her young son soaking in his mom’s new found beauty and forming ideas of what his future bride should look like.
(updated – ’cause oops, I think that may be a little girl…)

Next up, we’ll have the doctor who came up with Botox writing Why Mommy is Always Smiling Like That.

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  1. Cindy Swanson says:

    “Oh my goodness” is right! Just when I thought I’d heard everything…

  2. Anne Jackson says:

    your hair is fab! agreed!

  3. Ellinghouse says:

    that is crazy???? and to think, mom’s are going to buy this for their kids! What is this world coming too! I do not agree with this book.

  4. The Flip Flop Mamma! says:

    Your idea with the Botox book? Brilliant! LOL. This is pretty bizarre, but I guess although it’s scary to us, it’s helpful for those mommies who are going “under the knife” to “feel better.” I’m just grateful that I was blessed with awesome looks and rock hard abs! (KIDDING!)

  5. Botox book – ha! Or… “Why Mommy Can’t Move Her Eyebrows or Upper Lip”

    I’m not keen on cosmetic surgery, unless it is really warranted. To each their own though. That said, if someone’s going to do it I think it’s a good idea to have a book to help explain it to children. It’s up to the parents then to explain to their children why they feel what God gave them is not good enough. ;) (and again, I’m talking about a perfectly good B going to a DD or something, not the folks who really benefit from warranted cosmetic surgery help.)

    But see, I’m a very over-analytical person (and probably was as a child) and that’s why I like books that explain anything and everything. :)

    Good post! :)

  6. There have definitely been times when a book helped facilitate a discussion. I just find it a sad commentary that this is the topic…

    And that title… Like mom was butt-ugly before or something, and now she is all buff and trim from her magical potion.

    Just grates me…

  7. Sister Honey Bunch says:

    Completely ridiculous. It is a PR tool for the doctor who wrote it trying to appeal to women and get more business.

  8. i think the dr. is trying to appeal to that poor little girl. get em’ thinking about it young enough and you know they’ll be asking for breast implants for their 16th birthdays! i keep thinking that this whole plastic surgery nightmare will end up being a fad, but i pray this dang fad ends before my kids are old enough to become swayed by it!

  9. Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) says:

    You know, what any particular woman decided to do to her body is her choice, and I could probably write my own post about this, (like, while it’s our choice, isn’t it sad that we feel ugly b/c of how nature and life changes us?), but in the end, that book is hideous. And I don’t think it’s the IDEA of the book so much as the execution. B/c if mothers really are going under the knife, I’m sure their children really are worried and afraid. And the mothers (here’s another sad part) are probably too ashamed to really talk about what’s happening (honey, my self image is really damaged by the changes in my body caused by having you and getting older), so they don’t talk at all. The book was probably meant as a tool, but it’s sign of a greater problem.

    I’m going to shut up now. Heh.

  10. This is the norm now.

  11. Abbreviated says:

    Is this book the booby prize ?

    I’m just glad I’m not a worm & my butt looks similar to my head.

  12. Lotus: Exactly ~ That sums it up for me too… Not the premise, but the execution of it. The whole Disney look of the cover is just freaky.

  13. This is just too funny, in a sad sort of way. I like and agree with Lotus’ comments up there, in particular. (Not that I don’t like or agree with the others; that one just popped out at me – about like “Mommy’s” new size DDs! ha)
    I did also mean to say in my earlier comment: what does this speak to our children? (as someone alluded to up above)
    It is a sad day.

  14. I just heard about this book on Fox today and the first words out of my mouth were “You’re kidding!”
    NOT a fan of this book.

  15. I had to have my abdominal muscles tied back together after my youngest was born. With 3 vbacs and the original c-section, I had a shelf of extra skin; removing the “shelf” was a bonus to the surgery. HOWEVER. It did not make me beautiful. It did not make me flat enough, without consistent exercise, to tuck in my shirts (still trying to make that a reality). Plastic surgery without discipline is a short-lived fix. Eventually, gravity wins.

    I hadn’t heard about this book….how sad.

  16. Errr…
    What is this teaching our young ones?! I have struggled with eating disorders and I see similar struggles in my 16-year-old daughter. It’s scary to think adults are re-enforcing low self esteem at such a young age.
    I cant honestly say I wouldn’t have work done…I secretly dream of a flat tummy again…but…I’m rambling-you go Karla!

  17. Oh good. I was hoping something would come out before my surgery….just kidding. This is the craziest thing ever. I am loving the cover art and the little child’s adoring stare.

  18. Jennifer says:

    I am disgusted by it! How are our girls ever supposed to have a healthy sense of worth when everything is constantly focused on the outward instead of the inward? If a mother under-going surgery is too embarrassed to explain why she is doing it to her own children as suggested by the doctor then she shouldn’t be having the surgery in the first place, she has bigger issues to deal with.

  19. Kristen Schiffman says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I am speechless over this book! It is insanity, what this world is coming to!

  20. This really is sickening. At what point will we draw the line and when will our children’s generation know what is normal?

  21. Elizabeth...mommy...etc says:

    wow…that is a bit strange…but these days publishers go for those extraordinarily unique and “trendy” ideas. i love your idea about the botox though…you should sell the idea to Dr. Michael. ;-) *elizabeth

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