Why Little Girls Grow Up Too Fast and How Parents Can Step In

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You may have gone into a mall or department store and wondered: how did her mother let her out of the house looking like that? By asking this question, you are referring to the tight pants, crop tops, and heavy makeup on a young lady who looks no older than 14. There is a bigger question that can be asked, and that is: are little girls growing up to fast? With help from, Familycircle.com, we have a list of reasons why it seems like little girls are growing up too quickly and how to deal with it.

There are television shows, although not advertised for girls under the age of 13 to watch, that still have an effect on them. Shows like ‘Pretty Little Liars’, which often depict teenagers who are dressed pretty extravagantly to go to class and have coffee as a separate food group, can send the message to young girls that they have to wear a lot of makeup or certain clothes in order to feel “popular.”

Via Facebook/Pretty Little Liar's
Via Facebook/Pretty Little Liar’s

How parents can step in: Familycircle.com recommends that you “cut back on the TV consumption,” which can just be a modification of what show ratings will be allowed in your house. Set the rules for programming rated G to PG-13. You should also “teach your daughter how to think like a critic.” By watching TV with her, you can teach her what values they should look for in television.

Social Media
With the technological advances that we have today, teenagers can get around parental blocks through social media. Social media is filled with selfies of contoured faces and skinny waists. Again, this can influence young girls to aspire to look like the celebrities and friends they see on the computer screen.

How parents can step in: You can “monitor web choices.” Be open with your daughter and let them know that you are aware of different social media site and websites that have an image of women that is not necessarily universal. By talking with your child about the differences between women in the real world vs. the virtual world, you can help them draw their own conclusions as to the woman they want to grow up to be.

Their Idols
Again, TV shows can prompt young girls to follow a particular character. They may begin to dress a certain way or act a certain way because it will make them feel like they are embodying their idol. No matter how old, sexy, obnoxious, or smart their idol is, it is more important that young girls want to be themselves and nobody else.

Via Niki Minaj
Via Niki Minaj

How parents can step in: Parents can “promote other kinds of idols.” By showing your daughter idols that are admired for their talents such as painting or sports, you will “show [her] women she can admire for what they do, not for how they look.”

There are commercials and fashion trends online as well as on the TV that young girls would want to wear immediately. Because of this, girls feel as if they need to dress to impress. Ultimately, if they dress a certain way, then they will get certain things.

How can parents step in: You should “hold the line on makeup and glittery clothes.” There is no need for young girls to dress flashy in order to stand out. Instead “help her explore her talents and interests.” By letting her express herself in a positive light, it shows her that she has more to offer the world than her looks—this adds to self-branding that can help her be successful in the future. It will let her become more confident in her own skin and value others for who they are.


About Stacy Narine

Originally from Paterson, NJ, I recently graduated from Seton Hall University with my B.A in English. I will be starting my M.A program in Literature at Seton Hall University in spring 2015. I love Pinterest, Photoshop, and writing fictional short stories about characters who are trying to establish a sense of individuality while in relationships. Ready to momentarily stray from fiction, I am motivated to write about topics that are important to women.

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