All Articles Tagged "black mothers and daughters"
If you have a close, communicative, tell-each-other-everything relationship with your mom, that’s great (and rare). But, like it or not, your mom does come from a different generation. She may have been a teenager when the condom was just being popularized. She may have come from a generation in which women never asked the man out. She may have been a virgin until she was married. Even if she was none of these extremes, there are certain things that always worry a mom when she hears them about her daughter. So don’t tell her about any of these:
Women are waiting longer to have children these days and one would think that means more mature, responsible parenting. Unfortunately, it has been quite the opposite. With forty being the new thirty, thirty must be the new twenty and twenty, well, the new teen mom. As mothers prolong growing up, it seems that more are concerned with being best friends than mothers; thus, the concept of “a little me” has truly become so.
Much of the oversexualization of young girls is coming from their mothers treating them like pint-sized women instead of little girls. In life there are writs of passage. Daughters admire their mothers and want to be like them, but that does not mean you buy your six year-old a matching lace-front. It is a mother’s responsibility to preserve innocence while fostering self-esteem and worth in her child. Though it may seem “cute” at the time, too much too soon can be more damaging that you think.
Retail companies know the value in female consumers and they are marketing many age-inappropriate items to young girls through advertisements and celebrities.
Here are a few things they are selling that you shouldn’t be buying: