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Treasured Arrows

Updated on June 24, 2009

Children for Such a short time

Short Time as Children

Children are small for such a short time. Clothing should reflect the natural curiosity, whimsy and charm of the wee ones who wear them. On more than one occasion I have encountered a little boy or girl, more often a girl, who is dressed beyond his/her years. Recently, on a trip to the orthodontist, I was astonished to meet a pre-teen girl wearing a very low cut blouse. Being a pre-teen, there was really nothing more than a little flat chest showing. But, why is it necessary that this little girl dress provocatively? Is it because our society is more and more accepting of less and less clothing, even on little girls ?

There is nothing quite as distasteful as the sight of a young girl clad in low cut jeans, and a midriff blouse. The eight or nine year old is cute, no matter what she wears, but the lack of covering is a distraction from the innocence of the child. There is never a reason for a child to look 'sexy'. What is Mama thinking? Maybe, it is not completely Mama's fault. Perhaps it is becoming more difficult for parents to afford-ably dress their young ones from the retail sources available to us. Not only is it more difficult to do so afford-ably, but less and less chaste options are at hand. I understand, staying up with trends and fads, but come on, what about smocking, lace, rick-rack and bows ? Does this really go out of style for little girls ? What about pinstripe, and seersucker for little boys ?  Who sets the trends ? Lycra and, spandex are perfectly acceptable fabrics for exercise,and swimwear. But I would suggest another route for a play date, and school wear. I do not know who first said, " you are what you eat", but it stands to reason, if this is true, "you are what you wear", is also true. If I do not wish  my curvaceous seventeen year old wear an 'itsy bitsy, teeny weeny' bikini, then I should not place one, on her straight little body when she is seven. What are Mama's options ? Make your money talk. Demand retail stores stop carrying 'hoochie mama' choices for wee girls. Dress little girls, as little girls, not as grown women, or worse.


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      R Burow, Wonderful wisdom here! I think it is nothing cuter than a little girl dressed up like a little girl. You are right young or old teenagers should not wear revealing clothing and lets not forget the sagging pants. Wonderully stated: "Demand retail stores stop carrying 'hoochie mama' choices for wee girls. Dress little girls, as little girls, not as grown women, or worse." I enjoyed this... Blessings!

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      Janet21 8 years ago from New York

      Kids are definitely growing up much faster than they did years ago. The clothing is only the tip of the iceberg unfortunately. I enjoyed reading your hub. Nicely done.

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      R Burow 8 years ago from Florida, United States

      girly_ girl 09, Melody, Kari, G-ma,

      Thanks for the comments. I am glad there are those who agree with me. I was beginning to think I was the only one with the idea that 'children's clothing should reflect their innocence'. Maybe I am not so old fashioned after all.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      What a great hub. I do not have children of my own yet, but no matter where life takes me, I absolutely want to have a daughter someday. If I'm not married before then, I plan on adopting at age 35. Therefore, I know that I'll be a mom someday and enjoy reading pieces like this. I personally cringe when I see some of the latest "fashion trends" in the children's section. I believe that children can still have a sense of individuality without dressing like a 25 year old at the bar looking for a good time. I love classic children's clothing and can't wait to start purchasing it for my own children someday. & Hopefully, it will still be available for me to purchase 10 years down the road!

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      Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

      This is very true. I am not so keen on some children's clothes that mimic those of adults. Nice hub.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      I too am in total agreement. Children should be allowed to be children. Enjoy them while you can and allow them to be silly and young. They grow up as soon as you turn around!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      In total agreement here...and though there are company's that make some wonderful clothes they are so expensive and the children grow so fast they don't even wear them out...I am all for making our money talk and shame on the Mom's that want their precious little girls to be grown happens way faster then you even want to think...slow down and enjoy...G-Ma :O) Hugs