Looks like Kim Zolciak's teenager got mommed over her lips

May 9, 2016 at 2:37 p.m. ET
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It isn't the first time she's come under fire for her parenting choices, but Kim Zolciak has people talking again after revealing to Us Weekly that she gave her now 19-year-old daughter Brielle Biermann the OK to get lip injections.

Late last year, Biermann revealed that she sees Kylie Jenner's doc, Dr. Simon Ourian, to get her lips plumped up. When asked about her daughter's decision to alter what Mother Nature gave her, Zolciak said she gave her daughter her blessing. But! There was a catch — Biermann had to wait. From the sound of things, when Biermann first started asking her mother about lip fillers, Zolciak wasn't so receptive, but after a few years — and a lot of persistence from Biermann — Zolciak caved.

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"She bothered me for five years about her lips," Zolciak revealed. "She was like, 'I hate my lips, I hate my lips.' So I’m like, 'Then go fix them!' You only go around this planet once. If it makes her happy, so be it." Of course, people are criticizing both Zolciak and Biermann for undergoing the needle, but did you hear what Zolciak said? Her daughter had been bothering her for five years.

When Biermann got the injections, she was 18, and she certainly didn't need permission from her mother to do so. In fact, from the sound of things, it was all but guaranteed that she was going to go ahead and do it on her own. But the process was likely less nerve- and guilt-wracking with her mother's approval — for both girls.

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If asked, most women would tell you that they don't want their daughters to have plastic surgery (or lip fillers or Botox or...) when they get older, as every mom wants their child to love themselves for who they are and have a healthy self-esteem. But at the end of the day, our kids aren't going to be kids forever, and when they grow up, they're going to do what they want — even if it's the exact opposite of what we want them to do. Zolciak took as responsible an approach to the situation as possible. She had her daughter wait — again, five years — and when she turned 18, she gave her the OK. She essentially told her daughter to put it off until she was technically an adult to see if she still wanted it then. It's the same approach so many parents take when it comes to things like tattoos, piercings and other permanent or semipermanent body alterations.

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Parenting certainly isn't an easy game, and our kids challenge us on a daily basis. They're not always going to do what we wish for them, so the only thing we really can do when it comes to things like plastic surgery is to tell them that they're beautiful, that we love them just as they are and to wait as long as possible. And when they're old enough to make the decision on their own, we should support them as much as we can (even if we still don't like their choices). Because at the end of the day, they're our children, and we're always on their team.

What do you think of Zolciak's approach to this?

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