Crib notes: Is it okay for little girls to wear make-up?

May 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM ET

When it comes to make-up, how young is too young? Recently, a mom at Mommyish admitted to letting her preschool-aged daughter wear make-up. Not every day, but on special occasions. For this mother-daughter duo, it isn't so much about the make-up as it is about the ritual. This mom says the application and color choices are always light, pale pink lip gloss rather as opposed to bright lipstick, for instance. In fact, sometimes she doesn't even put blush on the brushes, but simply runs a brush across her daughter's cheeks. After watching mommy get done up for events like holidays and performances, her wee tot asked to participate. Mom agreed, even though she was worried that it would send a message to her daughter that girls need make-up to be pretty. For them, it's turned into fun mommy-daughter time, something exciting to do in anticipation of a big event. However, since her confession, this mom has come under a lot of criticism for letting her little girl wear make-up. Do you think make-up on the rare occasion is a bad idea for little girls or is it just harmless fun?

Toddler bike's lack of GPS system prevents two year old from finding the hospital
A little boy in Germany was so worried about his sick grandma that he rode his bike for three miles to go visit her in the hospital. Aah, so sweet. The only problem? That little boy's really little --  try two years old and, his mom had no idea he'd left the house. While Noah's mom thought he was happily playing in his room, he'd actually filled his backpack with candy, grabbed his toy bike and taken off across town. As the Express reports, he was stopped by police who'd received reports of a little boy criscrossing the same road several times, wearing only socks. Turns out, the little scamp was having some trouble finding the hospital, a problem he blamed on his bike's lack of a GPS-system. Noah was returned to his mom, who had already called police after noticing he and his bike were both missing. Oh boy, does that poor woman have her hands full...

Everything I need to know, I learned by watching my son play sports
One mom, whose teenage stepson started playing Lacrosse several years ago, went from knowing nothing about the sport to knowing, well, more than nothing. And, while the intricacies of the game may still elude her, she's learned some valuable lessons for parenting off the field as well. Sharing some of  her insights over at the Huffington Post, she reminds us that, as parents, we're essentially benchwarmers. We're here to cheer our kids on and to help out, but we can't play their positions for them. We also need to check the rulebook, while kids today are essentially the same as they were when we were young, they're playing in a different arena -- an arena that includes Facebook, cell phones and texting. Essentially, they're playing by a whole new set of rules. Trust the referees. Sometimes you may disagree with their calls, but ultimately, the doctors, teachers and coaches out there are there to help you.

Teen Girl asks Seventeen magazine to get real
When we look at the cover of a magazine, logically we know that picture's been airbrushed and touched up, and that's after the professional hair and make-up team finish with their work. But, so often, we still compare ourselves to the model on the cover. And we're adults. For teens, it's even harder. One ambitious 14-year-old girl is doing her part to change it, even just a little bit. As MSN reports, Julia Bluhm, is petitioning Seventeen magazine to run just one unaltered photo every month. That's right, just one picture that hasn't been airbrushed or Photoshopped and instead offers a small dose of reality, complete with blemishes and back fat. So far she's collected more than 22,000 signatures supporting her request.

Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at