Wear as I say, not as I do…

I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic since I posted the bikini pics of the girls last week. And then I heard a clip where Madonna doesn’t like the jeans her daughter, Lourdes, has been wearing – they are so tight that she can’t bend her knees!

My first reaction upon hearing this was, “Um, ok. But look at her mother! You can pick any of Madonna’s fashion phases and pretty much be guaranteed to not find a good fashion role model.”

And J. just said, “Wait until little Lourdes gets a peek at the “book” her mommy put out.”

But seriously, when I think of the daunting task of raising two girls, I am frightened! (Make that FRIGHTENED! All caps!) I mean when I dress the girls in their cute, little bikinis – am I in fact starting them down that road? I am the one making all of their dress decisions right now and buying their clothes. And I think they just look cute – they are just little girls! But they grow up to be big girls. Big girls who will inevitably take “different” clothes to change into when they get to school, away from my critiquing eyes.

Last weekend when J. and I were out on our “date night” the Paseo was inundated with at least three different cheerleading squads who had apparently just had some sort of “cheer” competition. I couldn’t help but stare a little, and study their actions and dress, and realize…that will be Emma in 6 or 7 years. God help us. I am far from a prude, but this all has me wondering…

How do you draw the line and also teach your girls the difference between being proud of your body and happy with it (a whole other topic, for another day) and being just…well, for lack of a better word…slutty?

Any ideas? Anyone??


1 Response to “Wear as I say, not as I do…”

  1. 1 msscatter March 2, 2007 at 6:08 am

    I’m just pray that if/when I ever have a daughter that the “grunge” look is back in. Since I work on campus I spend half my days looking at the cracks of girl’s butts and much of their belly. To quote Jeff Foxworthy “only people without a belly should wear a belly shirt.” I have no advice to offer but I know you will make the right choices. You are doing a great job with those girls and they listen to you (sometimes). They might protest but they will know you are helping them make the right decisions.

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