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Five-year-old's eyebrow wax sparks online uproar

So, for the past week we've been debating the merits of strict immigrant/Chinese parenting styles thanks to now-infamous "Tiger Mother" Amy Chua. But Chua has nothing on some American moms.

Case in point: The cringe-worthy reality TV show which chronicles the kiddie pageant circuit, Toddlers and Tiaras.

Sure, it's easy to point out that dolling your child up in full make-up and big hair for pint-sized catwalk strutting is creepy on so many levels.

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But a recent episode has been making the rounds for crossing the line into true evil. In this clip, a mom is happily presiding over her terrified daughter getting her eyebrows waxed.

The prospect of candy alleviates the child's terror for a moment. But watch as her mother drowns out her pleas for a reprieve by telling an interviewer all about how it was just a bad previous experience with too-hot wax ripping off her daughter's skin that's causing some trepidation. No biggie.

Makes hours of piano lessons seem like a walk down easy street, doesn't it?

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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