Growing Up Too Fast

Someday, you’re going to be a mom and hold your first little one in your arms. I hope you’ll be one of the rare Christian parents who understands the risk of letting little girls grow up too girls playing dress-upfast. Consider the findings of two years of study by an American Psychological Association  (APA) task force on the sexualization of little girls. Their report states that music lyrics, Internet content, video games, and clothing are now being marketed to younger and younger girls. The smutty content of the marketing is linked to eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression.

If you’re like me, and upset about the world’s pressure to make little girls grow up too fast, I wonder if you’d put your name on a petition that I’m driving. Be sure to ask your mom about this first. Discuss it. Make sure she’d want you to do this.

I think I told you about it a few months ago, but we’ve made a lot of progress since then. I was the first to sign the 50,000-signature Mom Bod Squad Petition on October 1, 2008. Since then, a total of 8,593 have joined me at the grassroots level. Most of them are moms. I’m delighted that many of them are future moms—teens like you—who want the fashion industry to know that the concern of moms won’t go away as they grow, get married and have babies!

Our request will be for the Council of Fashion Designers of America to read the findings of the APA report, and to tell the fashion industry that mothers want to purchase age-appropriate clothing for their girls and would like the fashion industry to evaluate the clothing they design and the messages they send to our daughters through advertising.

But what about you, future mom? What kind of commitments can you make today that will make you a wise and protective mom tomorrow?

About Author

Dannah Gresh is completely in love with her chocolate labradoodle, Stormie. (But just for the record, she doesn't like dog kisses.) She's been married to Bob for over twenty years and loves that he brings her "freshly sharpened bouquets of pencils." She's the mom to Lexi, Autumn, and Rob. Oh, and she co-wrote Lies Young Women Believe with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth!

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