Spa Treatments for Kids Are Ridiculous, Unless ...

spa services for kidsYou'll excuse me for totally not realizing we were no longer in the middle of economic hard times in America, as I look around and see all of these high end spas trotting out a kids' menu for services. Yep, a kids' menu so your children can spend some time relaxing and beautifying themselves for hundreds of dollars. Children as young as 4 years old are included in some of these spa packages, because ... why? Pre-school is hard? Art time has gotten way too competitive?

What the heck is going on, America? Why are we treating our kids like they need to be pampered beyond "Here's your snack, go play"?

I think I have an idea as to the why. Mostly because I'm guilty of the charges, on three counts.

I think we can all agree that moms need a little "me" time. Pedicures, blow-outs, makeup, and massages can all be justified for the hard working mama. Of course, that same hard working mom never has time to get to the spa. Not alone, anyway. Which is why my daughter from ages birth until a few months ago has accompanied me on many a trip to a beautifying location.

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Sure I was worried how her infant brain might process mommy's bikini wax, but by the time she went with me to the makeup studio, she was already a pro at leaving mommy alone so I could chill out and enjoy the pampering. Even though that meant she got her own professional makeup application, or the "Sweet Pea" for the under 10 set for only $10. Pair that look with the "Shirley Temple" blow-out she's sporting above ($24), and that kid is ready for her close-up.

The fact is, I rarely get out by myself to do anything even remotely resembling pampering. So my daughter goes with me on occasion. I don't want her to think this is the norm, and hopefully she doesn't since it's rare that I even go, much less with my little fashionista at my side.

The downside to this is, of course, that she even knows these services exist. I didn't have a pedicure in a salon until I was in my 20s. She was 4. (Again, mama needed one too.) But since I don't plan on supplementing her beauty services, she'll have to get a job and pay for her own if she ever wants to make this a regular thing. Otherwise, it's home spa night for the girls in my house as we take turns painting each other's toes.

Would you take your kid to a spa?


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Rachel Schiller

Out of respect for others I do not take my kids with me.

Melis... Melissa042807

I've seen lots of moms take their little girls for pedicures or manicures as a mommy/daughter time thing, but these are kids that are old enough to sit still and behave. I think that's perfectly appropriate. 

D Alexx Miller

As a licensed massage therapist I do not work on anyone under the age of 16.  part of that is liability.  the rest is that unless the child is physically active in a sport, I just do not see the sense. We have had kids in the place I work while mom is in session the front desk is frequently used as a "babysittng service".   This is unfair to all the other guest if the children are not quiet and well behaved.

momto... momtolittleg

I would love to take my daughter to a kid-friendly spa for a mommy-daughter pedicure.  Any excuse for a pedi, right?  I don't know of any around here, but I think that a typical strip-mall nail salon would be fine.  I certainly wouldn't take her to a traditionally adults-only spa place, though.

jelly... jellyphish

Hmm. As a licensed massage therapist myself, there is PLENTY benefit in massaging children starting in infancy when it promotes things such as healthy development of the nervous systems. Children's body systems are constantly developing, massage is fantastic for encouraging and balancing them.



Anyway, I started getting my dd pedis when she was three, but only because I work in a spa and can trade services. She likes the "foot bath" and polish (which I find far more appropriate than ear piercing btw), the foot massage is good for her, and it does help her learn to keep still. She's very well behaved and benefits from the special treat.

Ari. Ari.

I don't have daughters, and I cannot imagine my boys doing anything but laughing at me if I even tried to ask.



To each their own, but I wouldn't take my kids to a place like that. I don't find it fitting, go out and play, read a book, make a new friend. I wouldn't want them to think it was the norm or to expect it or place a high importance on outer beauty.



Besides, I don't do any of that stuff anyway.

Ari. Ari.

I don't have daughters, and I cannot imagine my boys doing anything but laughing at me if I even tried to ask.



To each their own, but I wouldn't take my kids to a place like that. I don't find it fitting, go out and play, read a book, make a new friend. I wouldn't want them to think it was the norm or to expect it or place a high importance on outer beauty.



Besides, I don't do any of that stuff anyway.

Torra... TorranceMom

I can't even afford to take myself to a spa.

the4m... the4mutts

Nope. My time is my time. I rarely, I mean like twice a year, go to the spa. No way I would let my kids infringe on that time.

Selfish? Maybe. But justifiably so, IMO.

Ps, where's all the women complaining about chemicals, toxins, and cancer?

1smar... 1smartcookie

LOL my daughter just had her 10th birthday party at a kids' spa over the weekend. FWIW they didn't receive any treatments, just made their own soap, body lotion, etc., but treatments are available. We saw a couple tweens getting chocolate facials.

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