How do mothers feel nowadays about the fashion industry, especially when it comes to childrena��s fashion?

When I was young, a little over a decade ago, my mother would be careful about how she dresses my sister and me. Girls would wear decent clothes. We wouldna��t see girls wearing tight t-shirts with explicit prints on them, we wouldna��t see girls wearing the shortest version of shorts or mini-skirts and we definitely wouldna��t see girls with make up on as a part of their daily routine. I remember when wea��d go to church wea��d cover up even more; girls wouldna��t wear sandals for example, and boys wouldna��t be in shorts and flannels. During beach season we had the simplest swimwear; simple shorts for boys and a one piece for girls or a two piece that wasna��t too revealing. Outings were about having fun, not being constricted in our outfit. We ran, we played, we swam and we didna��t worry about how we looked or what we wore. We didna��t argue about our clothes; we just wanted to wear our favorite color. Of course girls played with their mothersa�� make up kit, and boys dressed up in their dadsa�� suits and ties. But that was it. It was fun and that was the limit. We didna��t see girls go out in make-up or heels, we didna��t see them overdoing their hair on a daily basis, we didna��t see them doing their eyebrows and having lipstick on and plainly acting all grown up.

Today, when we go shopping at the mall, what do we really see? A little girl drags her mother to the stores that have, in my opinion, very unfitting clothes for kids. It seems to me that the fashion industry has taken everything that is made for adults and built mini sizes of it to be able to sell them to kids. Their childhood doesna��t exist anymore. They are jumping straight to adolescence, and it is worthy to mention that the age of puberty has gone back a couple of years. Girls are reaching puberty earlier nowadays, true, but do they have to look like mini Barbie models at that young of an age? With the curls in their hair, the eyeliner, the eye shadow, the lipstick and all the glossy things on their face, girls younger than 10 years old are trying so hard to look like women. Why the rush? It sounds to me that wea��re robbing them of the bit of innocence they should have at that age.

It really worries me how these girls are growing up, and whata��s going to become of them in the future. Will they put so much effort on looks and neglect the essence of things? And what will happen in the far future? What will happen when we have kids? Is it possible to change back all thata��s happened and not be driven by the age of technology and the trends of fashion while raising our kids? Cana��t we stimulate our daughters to consider Mulan as a role model instead of the Kardashians?

Rarely do I see girls with their mothers and they truly look like a family, not a plastic one to be specific though. And I have so much respect for those mothers, because in this society it is the mother that raises the child, and ita��s good to know that there are some families and some girls that have escaped the trend of looking like a Barbie doll and prettying themselves up for no reason or occasion. To you women, respect.

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  1. Thank you Hermes!
    Your article opens the debate about the “dolled-up girls’ phenomenon” in Lebanon (from fashion mania to spa and beauty salons for children and nail spa for girls). Taking care of one’s body is one thing but pushing young girls of 5-12 to be obsessed with make up and manicures and hair extensions, transforming them into ‘ideal hotties’ is just plain terrible.

  2. Great!
    At least someone is talking about it!
    What i see is just dangerous!
    for girls and later on, for women

  3. Thank you for this fine post!
    this is indeed a major problem, along with so many others.
    focusing on the appearances and educating our children to value physical perfection versus intellectual perfection/advancement… a shame!

  4. I am a mother of 2 girls and i agree with you!
    You should also analyze the birthdays’ phenomenon, especially when it involves girls. Spas, fashion shows, …. are encouraged and seen as trendy. There are girls of certain social classes, the higher ones obviously, who also wear expensive clothes, but i guess this is the reality of so many spoiled kids worldwide.

  5. I found this article. This is an excerpt:
    While most of us probably didn’t get our first manicure until we were out of college (some not until we got an engagement ring and noticed our hands for the first time), but the low cost and prevalence of walk-in nail salons make it a different story. My sister has been taking her daughters for professional mani/pedis since they were toddlers (now almost 5 and 8). “Alexa loves getting a manicure followed by a chair massage,” she says of her 8-year-old.
    My friend Kellie says that although she feels “a little guilty about it every time [she does] it,” she does take her 6-year old for pedicures on occasion. “While it’s totally unnecessary for her, it’s a really fun, relaxing and amusing thing to do with her,” she explains “We ‘read’ magazines together and choose the outfits we like best. It’s a great time for us to just focus on each other without any distractions.”
    While none of my friends have taken their daughters to get waxed or paid for a spa treatment, according to the International Spa Association, more than half of the nearly 14,000 spas in the United States offer packages for families, teens or kids. This practice appears to be a lot more controversial than mani/pedis. Diane E. Levin, a professor of education, says in MSNBC.com “It worries me because it just tells them that happiness comes from how you look and from buying instead of learning how to do things.”
    But others say if you focus on the health aspects of a spa treatment, and not the beauty part, it can be a positive experience. I guess that’s true of massages, but waxing your eyebrows, legs or other body parts – not so much.
    How do you feel about your child wearing makeup, heels, getting her ears pierced, using a cell phone or iPod or some other adult-like activity or device? What age is appropriate?
    http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/style/children-spa-treatments.htm

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