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Lessons children learn by visiting the salon & spa

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Kids are jumping out of the sandbox and into the spa at younger and younger ages than ever before, but parents need to realize its okay for kids to take pride in their appearance, as long as it doesn't take over their lives.


Spa themed parties are the hottest birthday trend going for the 12 and under set. Salons across the country have packages designed for little girls to indulge themselves and their friends with services that used to be reserved for moms only. 


Little Miss Manicures, Pollyanna Pedicures, and mini massages and facials are all the rage for kids. In Little Rock, the Ava Bella Day Spa offers a pajama party package where for four hours the birthday girl can partake in a laundry list of spa services complete with lunch. 


"The kids just feel like princesses for the day," said Ava Bella Day Spa's Dee Dee Helbig. "It's just a great way to celebrate a birthday or a graduation or a just because. That's why we've brought it in because kids need it too."


Kids do need to know how to take care of their bodies, but an experience like this is a luxury. 


"It really does help me feel relaxed."


6-year-old Novella and 8-year-old Kate don't go to the spa on a regular basis, but when they're here, they realize it's a treat.


"Right after, I felt my feet and it felt so smooth and I love the way my fingernails and my toenails are painted," said Kate.


Statistics show girls are starting grooming regimens at earlier ages than ever before.  Many parents see the spa experience as a way to teach their children life-long hygiene habits.


"Who doesn't want to be pampered and feel special," said mom Angela Denton. "And we do talk about the importance of taking care of yourself and taking pride in how you look and hygiene and taking care of your skin and keeping sunscreen on and she realizes that."


Across town at Studio A, Connie Lester, a hair stylist and colorist for more than 25 years, says she's also seeing an increase in kids coming in for more grown up services.  She sees girls as young as four and six getting highlights on a regular basis.


"I think it's a personal thing," said Lester. "If the mother and the child sit down and discuss this and that's something they've decided, I think it's a good idea."


"While we have occasionally done a pedicure that was a special treat, we don't go on a regular basis and they don't see me go on a regular basis," said Dr. Wendy Ward, a child psychologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital and mother of three girls.


She believes too much attention on appearance can actually eat away at a child's self confidence. Dr. Ward says parents need to make sure their girls do a wide variety of activities.


"What we enjoy doing as a family are physical activity options such as cooking together and going to the symphony together and other things that don't have anything related to physical appearance," said Dr. Ward.


She says parents should remind their daughters that true beauty comes from within.  It's the kind of person they are on the inside that matters most and not what they look like on the outside.