Monday, August 3, 2009

Little Girl Birthday Parties...

We were invited to a birthday party for a neighbor/friend's granddaughter this weekend. Our boys are friends with the birthday girl's uncle - he is only 8. So Saturday, after buying ALL of the boys school supplies, I headed out to buy the little one a present. I made a few calls to get a couple of ideas for her (I think boys are WAY easier to shop and buy for). The consensus was Hannah Montana - like I really needed to post that link. My point is the little girl just turned 4.

We arrived to the party and she was dressed just like Hannah - we are talking black leggings that zipped up the sides, a small tank top with a vest over it, she was covered in spray on glitter (that she insisted be reapplied every hour or so), and definitely had more make-up than I did seeing as I had forgotten that step in my mad dash out the door to beat any other early-bird shoppers!! I do not have a picture, and I'm not entirely sure that I would post it if I did.

This little girl changed outfits three times during her party, and the last outfit was a strapless, to the floor, slinky dress she wore as she performed a mini Hannah concert. There was an anatomically correct pinata - if you know what I mean. I know that times are changing and that there is a huge difference in how children are being raised and what they are exposed to, but this was unreal!!! I can not imagine letting Jenna walk around with make-up and decked out as if she were going to a tiny-tot club at the age of 4.

I am all for girly-girl parties, and dressing Jenna up, don't get me wrong. I just think there is a way to do all that and be age appropriate. It is not that I even think Hannah is bad - I have watched the show with the boys, it is cute, and some of my good friends with older daughters (8-12) have been to the concerts and deal with all the Hannah paraphernalia. I just don't understand why society as a whole is pushing for little girls to grow up so fast.

I am sure I could go on for ever about this topic, but for now, in the words of Billy Dean "Let Them Be Little"


amy said...

WOW. I'm with you, Megan. Make up and strapless dresses are a bit over the top-- I'm thinking more like onsies and tutus for the girls first birthday party- a small party with the fam. It is a different world today... and that is why I fervently pray over my daughters daily! :)