Modesty? In this day and age? Is it even possible? Why is it so hard for me to find clothing for my 10 year old daughter that makes her look 10....and not 10 going on 18? Does nearly every piece of clothing out there in the stores need to scream out to the hormonal boys "Here I am! Look at my body!!"
This society that we live in is growing up kids at an alarming rate and it seems like the harder we try to keep our kids...well...kids, the harder the world forces them to become little adults. I can't turn away fast enough when I see some of the prints on the t-shirts, the sayings that encourage less than right behavior....printed on clothes size 6.
When Hannah grew into the size 8-16 I dreaded it. Clothes that MIGHT be more appropriate for a girl wearing a size 16, most certainly isn't appropriate for a girl wearing a size 8 (but they are all the same pattern in the varying sizes). Shopping for my daughter is a nightmare....and I don't expect it to get easier as she gets older...and what is hard, is that I don't want her to look like an Amish girl or a girl from the early 1900's...but I want her to fit in with her friends too. And although I don't struggle with the modesty issue with my boys, there is certainly the appropriate issue with their clothes. It is getting harder and harder to avoid skulls, sayings and phrases that are not good and symbols that are "cool" but not Christian.
Is it just where I choose to shop, or is this an issue others struggle with too. I suppose if I could afford more expensive clothes, I might have more options...but as we all know...Pastor's families don't roll in the dough (unless you are the pastor at a Mega-church...which none of us are)....sigh....and then there are swimming suits....which I won't even touch...