Culture and homeschool can create the same problem: pre-mature kids
What is the one thing a Christian parent can’t stand about the effect media and advertising is having on their young girls?
Christians make the claim that daughters are growing up too fast as a result of advertisers pushing young girls to display their sexuality either in talk, dress and or experiences. I agree.
Just take a look at some of the tween/teen magazines. You will get an eye full of the over sexualization of young girls. The subject matter in these magazines is not age appropriate and definitely stirs up emotions in young girls, challenging them to have experiences they are not yet mature enough to handle.
The clothing considered “in style” for young girls does not display modesty and the girls in the ads are getting younger and younger. It’s alarming.
As a Christian woman, a wife, and a mother, I too am very disturbed by the sexualization of young girls. But recently, I have come across another trend equally disturbing to me.
Christians producing pre-mature girls
As the media and advertisers push sexualization on our daughters, some Christians can make the same mistake by pushing pre-maturity just as hard on their daughters and doing it in the name of godliness. What am I referring to?
Simply this, too many young girls in the Christian world are also losing out on their childhood innocence as their parents push and prod them to mature faster than they are ready.
While this trend can be found in any Christian home, I am seeing a bigger push within the home school movement. Some home school movements over-emphasize pre-maturity, seemingly as an effort to prove their children are smarter or more mature than children who attend public or private schools.
The shift has taken a new turn as these home school parents push their children to mature before they are ready, especially with daughters. Within my own local home school group I have noticed young girls who are definitely in that awkward, in between stage of no longer being a child, but not yet a woman.
Some of the girls are still allowed to be young and mature at a slower rate while some of the girls are being pushed into womanhood before being ready.
As a former young girl myself, I understand the awkwardness all girls feel when they are maturing into a young woman, but notice I said young woman.