We don’t have many magazines at home, but I did purchase one where my friend and her home got featured, and the one where my name was “published.” Danae was looking through the latter last week, but I took it back to check first if there were any articles or pictures not meant for children. Being a parenting magazine, it was pretty safe.
A while later, Danae commented on a picture of a woman in her underwear….
Danae: Eeeew, why is she like that?
Me: (looking at the ad) Oh because they’re advertising lotion. They’re showing that it makes your skin nice and smooth.
Danae: Even then. She shouldn’t be naked.
Me: Yeah, I agree with you Nae. You’re so right.
Last Sunday, Noelle was wearing a dress and thigh-high striped socks. When we got off the car, she was fussing over her dress. She felt that her dress was too short, despite my assurances that it wasn’t.
Noelle: People can see my butt.
Me: No, love. Okay, lemme fix it. (I think she was just feeling weird about the inner skirt, which I tied up so it wouldn’t show)
Noelle: (screams while giggling, holds her skirt down) There are boys! I don’t want anyone to see.
After I fixed it, she was still self-conscious, protecting herself from being compromised.
I thank God our girls are learning modesty as early as now. They’re learning what is acceptable and unacceptable, what is wise and what is not, what is pleasing to the Lord and what is not, not only with regards to what they themselves wear and do, but also what they allow themselves to see. We know that we cannot protect our children from all that is in the world, but we can build strong Christian foundations so they can make wise, God-honoring decisions on their own.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6