My real pet peeve is what they put on their children. If a grown woman wants to look like a skanky harlot, that is her business, but a 4 year old has no reason to dress that way. Children should not be dressed in skimpy skirts and sleeveless tops. They don't need to expose their tummies or squeeze into "skinny jeans".
One of the neighbor girls came over in a bikini top the other day, proudly showing it off. My kids were stunned. My oldest son was mortified (Thank goodness!!) When I made a comment about her being nearly naked she frowned and said "but everything's covered." I realized she had no concept of what it means to be modest.
I am sure that many of you agree that little girls should not be dressed in a "sexy" way. So why is it that so many girls show up at church in beautiful, frilly, sleeveless dresses in the summer?
Those of you who are not LDS may have a different standard of what is and isn't modest. Just to clarify, in addition to wearing long shorts and skirts (at least to the knees) LDS teenagers and adults don't wear sleeveless or low-cut tops, or tight-fitting clothes. Youth activities always have dress standards that encourage modest dress.
I have been almost militant about making sure my girls dress modestly at all times. They must wear a shirt under sleeveless dresses or wear a sweater over it. I try to make sure they have dresses that have sleeves whenever possible. Sometimes they try and get away with wearing a tank top without a shirt over it. Even though they may be just playing at home, I make them dress appropriately. (My boys don't really feel the need to wear tank tops and they get sunburn easily so they prefer to wear a shirt outside.)
You may think little girls are so cute and sweet in their little sundresses. They are. I am not arguing with that. But they will not suffer from covering their bodies. The argument that they will get too hot or be uncomfortable is a pretty flimsy excuse to me.
|Me at 18 in my homemade cow shorts. I wore them all the time!|