Friday, May 3, 2013

A Mother's Perspective :: Modesty

Mod-es-ty: propriety in dress, speech or conduct.

On Monday, the boys and I joined our fellow homeschoolers at our local Splash Pad for an afternoon of delight. Our group ranged from about 4 years old to 14. We had a mix of boys and girls throughout the age range and all were dressed modestly and appropriately for the outing. Boys wore swim trunks and rash guards while the girls wore something equally modest. None of our children were in bathing suits without proper coverage or cover-ups. Call me old fashioned…

However, I cannot say the same for the plethora of young mothers with toddlers and preschoolers. Most were in rather tight swimwear with sheer cover-ups and we even spied one pregnant young mom in what appeared to be an itsy bitsy teeny tiny hot pink bikini prancing around the water spouts with her toddler.

While I have no problem with women or mothers wearing swimsuits, please do so in an appropriate fashion, especially at a children’s play area. I know I’m not the fashion police, and I apologize if I offend anyone in this post, but please look at this issue from a mother with rapidly approaching teenage boys. I don’t want my sons to gawk at grown women’s cleavage. In fact, they don’t now, but why tempt them? Why be that women who feels the need to show-off everything she has. If you are the mother of daughters, how do you think the way you portray yourself will impact them as they get older?

I’m not conveying we should all don swimming suits from the 1920’s, although some of them are quite adorable;but rather, that as women, we take a step back and look at how we portray ourselves to children around us. Do we want a society of girls who feels it is necessary to dress inappropriately or boys who feel their eyes can linger over a girl's un-modest appearance?

Personally, I would rather side with modesty.

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