Are you the parent of a young daughter and are dreading - or already are deeply entrenched in - arguments over questionable clothing choices? Today, PPLM Parent Education Program Manager Amy Cody addresses the question “What to do when your pre-teen daughter wants to wear makeup and skimpy clothing?” Amy offers general guidelines and links to additional resources for strategies and talking points on this tough topic:
“Pre-teens express themselves and announce that they are growing up by the way they dress. But what do you do if your pre-teen daughter wants to wear makeup and skimpy clothing? Start by talking to her about what messages she wants to send with her appearance. Explain that even if she's not trying to look sexy, some people may think she is and will have certain reactions. Buy her some clothes that will still make her feel more grown up. And remember, it's your job to set limits on her behavior. Be sure she knows your opinion about her clothes doesn't affect how you feel about her. And, don't forget to share your values and remind her that looks aren't as important in life as character, intelligence, love, and friendship.
The main points are:
Amy also suggests these three sites for strategies and talking points about the skimpy dressing topic:
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