Short shorts and midriffs: dressing our daughters

I am reblogging this as a mom of two tall tweens. I’d never thought of the mall (a place we avoid in favor of thrift stores) would hold lessons in self-respect. Thanks, 8kids!

8 Kids And A Business

Posted at Catholic Insight

Brigit 2According to webmed.com, girls begin a growth spurt around the age of 9 or 10, with the fastest growth at around 11 or 12 years of age. Typically, girls grow about three inches per year during this period. That’s what happened to my youngest child this past year.

At the beginning of summer, it became obvious that my daughter needed new clothing. At the age of eleven, she is at the tail end of a long line of six brothers and a sister who is thirteen years older. She isn’t familiar with the time-honoured tradition of hand-me-downs. For her, a trip to the mall is a necessary, sometimes expensive occasion.

Have you shopped for an eleven year old girl lately? Have you, like I, wondered why it has become acceptable to dress our daughters in clothing that is too short, too tight, too revealing, too adult?…

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