I’m going to start this post by saying that I am not a mother. But I do work with children and lately I’ve been seeing some things that have been bothering me.
Little girls aren’t acting little girls anymore. They are acting like women, like adults. And I don’t mean showing mature rational behavior either. They talk like grownups. They know more about sex, drugs and violence than I ever did as a child. They are more tech savvy than more thirty-year-olds I know. But it’s not just that their appearances are changing too.
This week I came across a seven year old with bleached blond highlights and and pin straight hair. She had a hair mishap and asked for my help and as I was braiding her hair I could see that it was dry, damaged from excessive heat and dyeing. I know the little girl had pretty ringlets but I so rarely saw them I realized that she must be flat ironing her hair almost on a daily basis.
I’m all for doing what makes you feel your best, but my question is why?
Why highlight a seven year olds hair? Why change it from it’s natural state? Why give her a haircut that’s more appropriate for a twenty-five year old than a little girl?
I’ve also seen girls with high heels and short skirts and fake nails and it just doesn’t sit right. Kids are growing up so fast these days. Childhood is a time of innocence. Don’t we want our kids to stay innocent for as long as possible?
What do you think? Am I being sensitive or are kids changing these days?