Is North West Being Forced to Grow Up Too Soon?

February 18, 2015  |  

By now you’ve probably seen the photos of 16-month-old North West throwing a tantrum while sitting front row, between Beyoncé and Vogue’s Anna Wintour, at her father’s Adidas fashion show last week. Kanye argued Nori’s meltdown could have been because she “just wanted people to stop being mean to her daddy,” but over the weekend, it happened again. This time it seems little North wanted a photographer’s stuffed toy and cried until she got it.

Typical toddler, right? Well, unfortunately tantrums seem to be the only time we see Nori being, well, normal.

Many have criticized Kim and Kanye for taking their daughter to New York Fashion Week instead of leaving her at home to do kid things like watch cartoons or enjoy a play date with her pals. And after her last outburst some fashion houses have apparently instituted an unofficial “North West Rule,” barring young kids from future shows.

Between her age-appropriate tantrums at Fashion Week to her very grown up outfits (uh, tiny bulletproof vests anyone?), I can’t help but wonder if little North West is being forced to grow up too soon.

Parenting expert and best selling author Denene Millner wondered the exact same thing on her popular, MyBrownBaby blog.

“So, what: nobody’s going to say anything about all those morose North West black outfits showing up on the front rows of New York Fashion Week?” Millner, the mother of two daughters, wondered. “We’re just going to pretend that it’s now perfectly acceptable to dress a 16-month-old girl head-to-toe in black leather, black feathers, black see-through tops, black, spaghetti-strapped, bodycon dresses and, well all-black-everything?”

Though some have called Millner’s opinion outdated, dressing North like a grieving adult and dragging her to grown up functions feels wrong to me.

And I get it; celebrities are different. North isn’t even two and she’s being exposed to things, really awesome things, only a few get to experience in a lifetime. So that’s great, and I’m happy for her, but what about childhood? What about running around with no shoes, making mud pies, and exploring her little world with reckless abandon until all of her little clothes are streaking with paint, or grass, or fruit juice?

Commenting on other people’s parenting styles is tricky, particularly because we’re not privy to the West clan’s private moments. But from the outside looking in, it appears little Nori isn’t given enough room to be a normal toddler and is instead a mini-extension of her parents.

Is it right? That’s not for me to say. But I hope being thrust into adult situations under the hot glare of the spotlight as a child works out best for little Nori in the end.

What do you think Mommas, are Kim and Kanye pushing North West into the spotlight too fast?

 

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