Why Hannah Montana Doesn’t Belong in My House

by Melanie Edwards on August 21, 2009 · 17 comments

in Parenting, preschoolers

My daughter is 3. THREE!!! She does not need to know about Hannah Montana.

So, why does everyone and their mom think that it’s prime time my daughter be introduced to her?

Is this not a TV show for tween/teenage girls? I’ve seen it a couple of times and it’s definitely geared for girls 10 and up in my opinion. Lots of boy talk and jokes that are obviously meant for teenagers (and parents in some cases). And is there kissing? Not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

So why oh why does my three year old need to even know that name?

She doesn’t.

Stop trying to give my three year old a Hannah Montana sticker. Or underwear. Or toy.

And stop asking me if she watches the show! You’ll get a quick, short, and loud NO! In fact, I might even turn it around on you and ask YOU why YOUR preschooler watches the show.


I can’t imagine why little girls are introduced to make-up, nail polish, or such TV shows at such a young age, and then folks wonder why they want to act, dress, and look the same way when they are just a few years older. Then it becomes a problem?

I know I cannot keep my daughter away from Hannah Montana forever, or whomever it might be in a few years. It’s all over the place and it will be impossible to shield her. Nor do I want to “shield” her necessarily. I’d rather teach her than hide it from her.

But, for now…when she’s only three and I CAN control what she watches, what she wears, and who she listens to…believe me, I’m shielding her.

Hannah Montana will not be in our house
. Or any of her similarly-acting sisters. Not for the next few years.

And, I’m about to throw away that stupid sticker she got from the urgent clinic.

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1 Amy@UWM August 21, 2009 at 7:05 am

Having watched almost every Hannah Montana episode and being able to sing almost any Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus song (I have two girls), I can say with full authority that Miley often gets a bad rap. Her show is as innocent as the Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family and her songs are actually full of positive messages for girls (Listen to “Nobody’s Perfect” and “Who Said?” sometime). True, the show isn’t for your daughter yet, but she might like the music. So far, I’m a big Miley fan and think she’s been a great role model for my girls. That said, I’m watching closely to see if she stays on the straight and narrow as she gets older…

2 Melanie (Modern Mami) August 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm

@Amy@UWM, I actually have no problem with the character or the actress herself. I just can’t allow it at this age. We’ll talk in a few years when it becomes age appropriate.

3 Karla Ferreira August 21, 2009 at 7:32 am

Calm down, Melanie! I agree, and the girl is annoying too!

I feel the same way about video games for toddlers, they need to learn to communicate before they get uncommunicative while playing video games like they do.

4 Melanie (Modern Mami) August 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

@Karla Ferreira, hahaha – I’m calm. 😉 I just don’t want to rush my baby girl. That’s all.

5 philippa August 21, 2009 at 7:58 am

Well said … i completely agree. Not in my house either.

6 Melanie (Modern Mami) August 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

@philippa, I’m sure eventually *something* of that effect will be in our house. Just not now.

7 Knwill August 21, 2009 at 8:41 am

Totally agree! Too many people want children to grow up so fast and then they wonder why there are so many teens doing things that they shouldn’t be doing. Also, don’t get me started on how anyone thought it was a good idea that Miley Cyrus use a stripper pole in her act on the KIDS Choice Awards. And then her father defends the move! Outrageous!

8 Melanie (Modern Mami) August 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

@Knwill, I also don’t paint her nails. But, I’ve seen girls her age at her day-care and such with them painted. I don’t get it.

9 oh amanda August 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I’m the same way! My 3yo does NOT know who HM is and I plan on keeping it that way!

10 Melanie (Modern Mami) August 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm

@oh amanda, I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

11 Anna August 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Totally agree!

12 Knwill August 24, 2009 at 8:51 am

I think the problem is that the media gives girls such a false image of what femaleness and femininity is and they start defining it as these superficial and artificial things. Like having on nail polish or makeup or these type of clothes or chasing after boys, etc. And unfortunately some parents buy into that as well. For instance, my husband and I always remark on some of the clothing choices that adults will put on their children, why can’t children dress like children anymore? The problem is when the parents buy into these artificial concepts, then the children do, and then everyone’s wondering at 16 what all went wrong.

I also think it was a very bad move for Miley Cyrus to be in a relationship sanctioned by her parents with an adult and to be in that kind of spotlight.

13 Melanie (Modern Mami) August 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm

@Knwill, I was watching an episode of Wife Swap the other day and the new mom was having a pampering party with the girls. The dad walked in the room and told the girls “that’s the stuff that ugly people use to make themselves pretty” (about the make up). I just started laughing cause I thought it was a great way for him to let them know they didn’t need it at such a young age. LOL

14 mommy to 2 October 29, 2009 at 1:39 am

I totally agree and have hoped to find others who feel this way about preschoolers watching Hannah Montana and other Disney big kid shows (including High School musical). I have a 6 yr. old and 3yr. old and I do not allow them to watch those shows yet. People wonder why their kids are super sassy and don’t want to play little girl things anymore…hello! it’s the tweenage shows they watch. I am amazed at how many of my friends allow their preschoolers to indulge and be influenced by these shows. I hope oneday they say, hey she was smart not to let her kids get into all that so young.

15 Melanie (Modern Mami) October 29, 2009 at 7:03 am

@mommy to 2, I know many moms whose 3 or 4 yo girls watch those shows. I don’t get it. I’m glad there’s a group of us out there that can at least recognize we need to wait a few more years before they watch them. And good for you that your 6 yo doesn’t watch it yet! 🙂

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