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Erin Spatz: Dressing ‘age appropriate’

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:11 am

Summer time brings all kinds of fun things. Beach days and cook outs. Long, lovely, lazy days.

And it all brings a shortage of clothes. I don’t mean we don’t have enough. I mean some of the summer clothes are really, really short. As in, crazy short. I am by no means a prude about clothing and despite my shape I do wear a bikini to the beach. But, some of the summer clothing is teeny tiny.

Shorts are not shorts if the pockets are longer than the shorts. I mean call me crazy, but I think your shirt is supposed to cover your top half. And if you are unable to sit in a skirt because it’s too short, than it’s too short.

I now say to myself,  “Would my children be embarrassed to see me at school dressed in this?” If the answer is “yes” then I am not buying.

My new problem is (isn’t there always a new problem with kids?) our oldest daughter is nine and has reached the glorious stage of in-between. Not a little girl, and not a teenage girl. Yet all of the clothing marketed to her age is vastly inappropriate. She doesn’t want to dress like her younger sister, but I won’t let her dress like a teenager.

I never want my kids to get older and grow up, but I especially don’t want them to grow up before their time. Dressing “age appropriate” is key to keeping them from getting too big too soon. Clothing that is marketed to young girls that should really only be in a catalog for women is not okay with me, nor will it ever grace my daughter’s body.

With my boys, this is so not an issue. Their main concern is if their shorts are long enough and can they wear flip-flops. That’s it.

I know this battle is in its early stages, and for now she is really easy-going about it. But some day she will try to test the limits and see what she can get away with. And when she tries to wear shorts that look like underwear I’ll remind her that our family practices modesty.  Is your back covered? Is your belly covered?
If the answer is yes to all those questions you may leave the house. Otherwise, you may go back upstairs and try again.

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