Friday, April 15, 2011

Yes, I understand they are called shorts...

Maybe a few of you mothers out there can relate to this post.  I had to go to 3 stores today to find shorts for my daughter before I finally found some that were decent. Yes, she's only 7 years old, but, even young children want to keep their behinds covered. I have a big, big problem with the children's clothing these days. They are either too tight or too short and almost always uncomfortable (according to my daughter). Skirts of a decent length are particularly tough to find. I'm not hard to please mind you...I'd just like to see a couple more inches of material over their back ends! The children's styles seem to be just smaller versions of the current teenage trends. It's almost to the point where I don't dare put a shirt into the dryer anymore because I am afraid my daughter's arms won't squeeze into the sleeves.

I can only hope that these styles change before my daughter becomes a teenager. I can already imagine the battles which will take place in this house if they don't.


  1. ugh. I completely sympathize with this.Last week I bought fabric to make long (er) skirts for my seven year old for the summer. And we are going to have to stick to capris otherwise, no matter how much she complains that they are too hot.

    This battle is made tough by the fact that my always modest, always compliant 15 year old has, over the last four months, begun to push the envelope. And when you can find nearly nothing as an alternative n the stores, you have no weapons in the arsenal!

  2. I totally agree, Mary. I sometimes end up buying a bigger size, especially in tops. There is no need for my 5-year-old to be showing her belly!

  3. Full Spectrum Mom,
    Unfortunately, I don't know how to sew very well! It would certainly solve the skirt problem! Thankfully, I've been able to find some pretty dresses that are decent for my daughter. Capris, too.

    Are we unreasonable to expect decency and modesty in girls clothing? I don't think so! I think kids need to have comfortable and appropriate clothing at any age.

    Thanks for commenting :)

  4. Diana,
    I do that too! I have no choice because jeans are so low-waisted now that if the shirts are not long enough their underwear shows when they bend over (or even if they don't bend over). My daughter hates that :) I constantly see her pulling down on her shirts and tugging up her pants - poor kid. Designers should make play friendly styles for kids.

  5. I have had to start sewing because there are so few decent clothes for my daughter as she gets older.

  6. With teen boys in the house we've got plenty of girls calling and stopping by. This week a fourteen year old girl came over wearing a shirt that just covered her bottom and fish net stockings. She looked like a prostitute! I told her I couldn't believe her mom let her out of the house like that and she said that she couldn't believe it either. I asked her if she had anything on to cover her bottom and when she lifted up her shirt she revealed shorts that barely covered her underwear.

    When my husband caught sight of her he yelled at her and told her to never come to our house dressed like that again!

    Well, she's got to hear it from someone if her parents aren't going to tell her. It's a scary world!

  7. You have your daughters best interest in mind. Understandable.

    You know Mary, I got an impression on my heart after reading your most recent comment to me. When we meet face to face in heaven it will be like meeting a long lost friend. I can see us both jumping up and down holding onto one another's arms our long hair flying from side to side and gleefully saying, "I know you!"

  8. Elena,
    I should really learn too. Sewing can't be half as hard as trying to find decent clothes for my daughter these days!

  9. Anne,
    It's crazy, isn't it? The teenagers here don't dress much better. Good for the two of you for speaking up!
    I know you are in the same boat as me with a young daughter - I hope you have an easier time finding appropriate clothes than I do!

  10. JBR,
    I got chills when I read your comment! Earlier today I was thinking the VERY SAME THING! Yesterday too! I kid you not! It was so strong that I almost sent you an e-mail about it but then I remembered that your e-mail address wouldn't go through when I tried to send one a while back and it was returned to me. I thought about leaving it in your comment section but changed my mind at the last second :) When I read your comment about meeting in heaven my jaw dropped! What are the chances! For two people to have the same thought like that at approximately the same time it's definitely placed there by the Holy Spirit! If I "go" first I will be waiting for you, my friend :) I look forward to it!

  11. Oh Mary wait until she is 14, I just had my niece out shopping and it was a real battle. What they see on TV doesn't help our cause either. If I were in charge I don't think I would allow most of the shows she watches yet her friends seem to dress the same way. She goes to a Catholic school and their rules have really changed since I attended.
    Have a great weekend....-)Hugs

  12. Hi Bernie! It's good to hear from you and I hope you are doing well!
    Yes, things are very different these days. If I could I would dump most of the shows on TV! Not many of them teach good values unfortunately.

    I hope you have a great weekend too :)

  13. Hi Mary: I purchased a copy of Dressing With Dignity by Colleen Hammond. It's inexpensive and published by Tan. I don't have a daughter but the issue being discussed interests me. I wrote a post, It's The Parents I don't Understand (pt 1 & 2) that covers some of the points mentioned in this post. And good for Anne and her husband for speaking up. We are fighting against some very strong forces out there. Hugs. N

  14. I take my daughters jeans and cut them to make her shorts for the summer. I will cut them different lengths. Some become capris, osme clamdiggers, some bicycle shorts, and some walking shorts.

  15. Puff,
    That's a very good idea! For some reason I didn't think of that. I'm a bit absentminded. The absentminded behavior started as soon as I had a child ;) I'm pretty sure that I was at least fairly intelligent before that!

  16. We too, have switched to mostly capris...but one other thought...I am SOMETIMES able to find decent-length shorts at consignment might want to browse there if you haven't already:) Protecting the innocence and purity of our children and teens is something I feel very strongly called to speak out and write about. These are the very fashions that Our Lady mentioned at Fatima when she said that many would go to hell. I shudder to think of what the designers of such clothing and parents who allow it are going to face when they must answer to God...those who are aware of the Truth, that is.
    God bless your daughter for having a natural sense of decorum and modesty (in pulling down her shirts) and God bless YOU for protecting her and encouraging wholesome, decent attire.

  17. Judy,
    Thanks for commenting on this. I ended up finding some capris and longer shorts for her, thankfully. Please pray for me - I am utterly disgusted by the condition of this world and am having a very rough time of late. It's not just the clothes - people do not understand what they have done here. God is stepping in in an unprecedented way and I fear for those who remain hard-hearted. When I tell people this they think that God is unmerciful but He is not. Yes, these are the times that Our Lady spoke about in Fatima and many other apparition sites but few people heed her words.