Okay, so Emrie wanted to play Barbies tonight and because I'm secure in my masculinity I said yes. But for whatever reason my daughter seems to have more Barbies then she has clothes for those Barbies. I'm not quite sure why that is but we made the best of it anyway.
So after Emrie informed me that I had put the dress on upside down, I decided to jump on a teachable moment. Barbie's cleavage and exposed midriff forced the issue. The topic for the night: modesty. It wasn't easy to give a definition suitable for a four year old but I did my best. We had fun with it but more then anything I hope I made my point.
I think we assume that little girls automatically know what is acceptable and what is not and I'm not sure they do. If we leave it to society our children will certainly walk away with a distorted view on modesty. Because whether it's what they see on the television, the toy aisle, or the clothes rack, our young women are being taught that tight and revealing are in and acceptable. That's frightening!
I'll never forget a quote I heard from James MacDonald years ago. He said, "Dress that enhances your sexuality is sin!" It's not a message that goes over real well today but it's the truth. Modesty is a biblical concept that I hope my daughter readily embraces. But for now, I'm more then happy to choose her outfits:)