Posted on February 11, 2011, by Kim, under Family | Relationships, Food | Health | Beauty.
Why is this a common misconception for so many? I was reading over some Facebook posts earlier this evening and I kept reading the same thing over and over. “I have to get ready for our Valentine’s Day party for school tomorrow,” or, “I am stressed and trying to find a few more Valentine’s Day games for my first grader’s party tomorrow.” I am just a little beside myself why schools would push the idea of romance to school aged children.
Forget just the parties though. Tonight while at the mall with my daughter, I saw a young girl who looked to be maybe 17 years old. She had on a low cut shirt, with a much older looking boyfriend hanging all over her. Her shirt was so low that it was completely obvious that she had had cosmetic surgery on her breasts. I mean, they seriously looked fake. My first thought was, why would a parent think that was okay? An article from Focus on the Family highlights this very thing. Many parents don’t realize what they are doing to their daughters by allowing boob or nose jobs, immodest clothing or even recreational dating.
Recently I have felt the urgency to educate myself more on this topic, as I have a daughter who is quickly approaching the stages where many other parents check out. I don’t want to be one of those parents. My daughter is too important. I want to raise her to be a pure and holy daughter for the King. This is a very huge burden and undertaking for me, especially with the world in which we live. I have begun reading articles and having the much needed conversations with my daughter. I take great pride in knowing I do not have to do this alone. I have many family members, friends and resources around to help keep me encouraged and provide me with many great ideas. Our church, Stones Crossing Church has an annual Royal Sleepover where girls first through fourth grade learn the importance of living a pure and holy life for the King. What a blessing to belong to a church who is willing to partner with me in this responsibility.
I am willing to do what it takes and to be the outcast to dispel this misconception. It is not okay for girls to grow up too quickly. It’s time for all of us to put on the brakes.