My daughter held up this swimsuit and was like, "Can I have this?"
I said no.
Her father and I do not feel comfortable with her in a bikini. It's a personal preference of ours. I stated this on Facebook and I got some comments saying, "She should wear what she wants! A pedophile is going to look no matter what."
Maybe. But her father and I prefer her in one pieces. Or tankinis. She's had a few tankinis.
Someone sent me a private message stating that we should NEVER tell our daughter not to wear something because we aren't comfortable. Girls should be allowed to wear whatever they want. Boys should know not to look. She said something about rape culture and blah, blah, blah.
Look, that's HER opinion.
I politely told her that Tom and I do not want Natalie in a bikini. Yes, it makes us uncomfortable but also, we don't want her getting melanoma. There are some bikinis out there that seem a little much for kids. But that's MY opinion. Let YOUR kid wear what they want.
For us, we're glad Natalie will still sport her My Little Pony swimsuits. When I explained I did not want her in bikinis she simply shrugged, went "okay", and put it back. When she's older I imagine she might argue.
However, I never argued. I was never comfortable in bikinis even when I had the body for it. I felt like I was walking out in a bra and panties. No thank you. FOR ME. Again. FOR ME. I had many friends who DID wear bikinis and they rocked it.
So basically? Do what feels right for YOUR family. Don't make others feel guilty if they have another opinion.
I promise. My daughter is fine even though she's not in a bikini.