Today in proof that parents need to get over themselves and actually parent, word has it that slutty costumes on little girls are out of control. According to one survey by LivingSocial, as many as 42 percent of parents believe that young girls are dressing too sexy for Halloween. Um, parents, I'm going to break this one down for you in three very simple steps.
1. See young daughter walking toward you in the costume store with stripper/showgirl/Snooki costume.
2. Start shaking your head.
3. Open your mouth and say no.
Now, was that really all that hard? My daughter does something similar just about every time I tell her to take the mountain of books that used to be her bedroom floor and place them on the shelves of the IKEA bookshelf. First the head shakes violently. Followed by a rather high-pitched refusal. There are even days when I, the parent, consider backing down because she's so good at it (for the record, considering it doesn't mean I actually DO).
If 42 percent of parents (a statistic that comes from 4,000 parents with kids under 15) really lack the ability to do something my 6-year-old mastered before we even bid bye bye to diapers, some pre-pubescent tushie hanging out of a Halloween costume is the least of our problems. We need to send nearly half of America's parents back to toddlerhood to learn how to assert themselves!
The shelves are full of inappropriate costumes for our little girls. They're sleazy. They're skanky. They send our girls bad messages. They make us all uncomfortable. And considering there's a nor'easter expected to drop snow on a whole big chunk of the country this weekend, they're not very practical either! But just because they show up on the shelves of the store doesn't mean we have to buy them!
As my father would tell me when I came running out in something that wasn't appropriate, "Go put some clothes on Ethel!" Fell free to borrow it for your daughter.
Do you think little girls are dressing too sexy on Halloween?
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