Magazine article Working Mother

Growing Up Fast?

Magazine article Working Mother

Growing Up Fast?

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If you've got a tween who's way into Britney, chances are you've got a daughter who dresses on the skimpy side. So, as you go off to work in your businesslike attire, she may head for camp or go out to play in ... not nearly enough. Where do you draw the line, or rather, the hemline?

Kids look to their role models and heroes for fashion cues. But, unfortunately, some of these icons dress in -ways that are inappropriate for tweens, even teens. You know the look: tight, belly-baring togs for girls and boxer-baring, baggy pants for boys. "Tween-age is hard," says Anna Weselak, president of the National PTA and mom of a girl and two boys. "We want our kids to make choices that let them express themselves. But kids don't always have good judgment."

The skimpy-clothes trend has even trickled down to grade schoolers, who are influenced by older siblings as well as peers. "As parents, we're affected by the peer- and media-influenced desires of our children," says David Grubbs, brand director of Healthtex, a children's apparel company that has joined with the National PTA to promote its Grow Slow campaign, offering suitable kid clothing.

"We need to be involved in our kids' decisions-including those about clothing," says Weselak. "We need to take a stand and educate them about what's appropriate." This can start as early as when children begin to dress themselves. But it's never too late to share with an older child the message that clothing can be stylish without being sexy.

With school starting soon, take a fashion stand. Discuss age- and lifestyle-appropriate styles for your child. …

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