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The A in Gen Alpha stands for Anti-Aging

We are witnessing the first chunk of kids that grew up without being properly socialized. 9-13-year-olds are spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars at Sephora for skincare that is unnecessary to them.

Tween skin deserves gentle care, not a pricey, extensive skincare routine. Harsh chemicals aren’t meant for those in-between years. Skincare lines at Sephora are packed with potent ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid that are meant for adults.

On top of that, they are leaving sections of the store a mess! At the end of the day, it is the parent’s choice whether to let their elementary and middle school children spend and utilize those products. But at least teach them to respect the store and workers. Sephora is not their playground.

There are countless story times across social media platforms expressing how tyrannical these millennial parents are for raising their children in a way that not only allows but amplifies this behavior at such a young age.

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“I’m imagining if the children act this way, the parents of these children are probably acting this way as well,” said one user, @fashionnoodle, in a recent video.

Leading by example is a way to combat such a thing. Instead of spoiling children with material things, disciplining and teaching them crucial values will only set them up for success. Who knows what financial irresponsibility they will face in the future?

It is almost as if younger children are yearning to be old while older generations are yearning to be young. These mature skincare routines are on one side, while girls are attempting to relive their childhood through wearing bows and more youthful trends.

As one of those girls myself, I would go back to my childhood in a heartbeat to simply relive the free feeling. It makes me sad that these young girls want to grow up all too fast, because once they come of age, regret may come for how they chose to spend their childhood as well.

This situation has become some sort of a laughing matter among Generation Z, nicknaming these children “IPad Kids” and increasing amounts of mockery.

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Hannah Miranda, Staff Writer
Hannah Miranda is a senior at Hart High School. She is a first year member of The Smoke Signal. Outside of school she enjoys dancing, reading, listening to music, going to concerts and going out with her family and friends. An avid Swiftie, she recently experienced the best night of her life at The Eras Tour on August 5th in Los Angeles.
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