Friday, May 20, 2016

What A Tween Girl Looks For In A Swimsuit, And It Has Nothing To Do With Body Type

Did you guys hear about the magazine that talked about what swimsuits you should buy for your body type?

If you're a TWEEN?




Now, I understand that this magazine thought it was trying to be helpful. But when their target age is 8-12? What? My daughter is nine and here's what she wants in a swimsuit: bright colors. If it doesn't ride up her butt. She doesn't know about curves and fat because she's NINE.

For example?



She wanted this one because of the colors.




She liked this one because of the flower. And that it was "different" from other swimsuits.



She..okay, I made her wear this one. But she doesn't care. So long as she gets to play in water, she'll wear whatever.


The matching swim cap is adorable. It's probably the last year I can get her to wear it though.

And then my sweet daughter asked if she could wear a bikini because some of her friends wear them. I wrote about why I'm not comfortable with this. But then I told her she could wear something called a "tankini" and she agreed.



"I love this!" she gasped, twirling around in front of a mirror. She didn't suck in her belly. She didn't check out how her butt looked. She just twirled and twirled and twirled. Because she doesn't focus on fat. She focuses on fun.



Basically the moral of this post is to let kids be KIDS. I'm proud my daughter isn't panicking over her body shape. She'll have time for that later. But for now?





She'll play.

19 comments:

  1. Oh I agree with this post 100%. My daughter is EIGHT and honestly, she doesn't mind what she wears as long as she gets to play in water. She also likes swimsuits with bright colours! I love Natalie's first swim suit, the colours are amazing :D And the one with the matching cap and flamingos... Adorable!

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  2. i take care of a 6 yr old, and shoot, remembering myself at 8, i didn't care about that stuff. i wanted something cute and that was it.

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  3. I completely Agree!!!! I'm pregnant with our a girl and guess all of these topics are suddenly becoming more real to us. At 8-12 I just wanted a swimsuit that looked pretty and was comfortable. I couldn't imagine my own daughter reading something like that and telling me it didn't match her body type. I wish the media would stop making girls want to grow up so fast.

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  4. Oooh boy. I don't want to deal with body type at this age at all! I love the flamingo suit!

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  5. Omgosh it's scary little girls worry about fat and how they look in a swimsuit. What is wrong with this world.
    Natalie is adorable!

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  6. I hate that people make body type so important at such a young age. It blows my mind!

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  7. I can't even remember when I worried how I looked in a swimsuit! Probably at age 13, but that was teen, not tween. Natalie is just lovely. Let her stay this fun and whimsical for a very long time.

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  8. So true. Pop culture would have kids grow up faster. BTW, how do you even HAVE a body type before you hit puberty??

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  9. I'm jealous of your daughters swimsuits. Haha. So cute! Love all of them!

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  10. You have the best attitude about raising a girl. I love your posts like this! I have only boys but I would be the same as you I think if I had a daughter. It makes me sick the media tries to get such young girls concerned with body type and fat. I love all her fun suits!

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  11. Right on.

    And I love how in the last one Ruby is looking out like "...what are you doing young female human?"

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  12. I love this. As a tween/teen, I struggled GREATLY to find a swimsuit that reflected the standard of modesty that I wanted and also was bright and fun. It seems that all of the modest swimsuits are in the most plain colors. Great encouragement and standards for your daughter. It's nice to see that our family wasn't the only one that struggled to find great and fun swimwear.

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  13. Loved the post :)

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  14. The media pushes this on all ages of women. From the very young like your daughter to the older ladies that they look too old or this or that. We need to speak out more and loud so maybe once in a while they will listen.

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  15. I COMPLETELY agree with all of this!! Also, she's adorable!! :)

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  16. I love Natalie's smile, she seems like one of the happiest kids in the whole wide world, why do magazines want to taint that!?! Why?1? Let kids be kids, they don't need all the worries, we've got that, thanks.
    XOXO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  17. What a dumb dumb thing for a magazine to write about given their audience. I can't even believe any type of intelligent person would ok that for publication. Unless, they want to grab negative attention (thank you Kardashians) for publicity. I agree with your views completely.

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  18. I think I actually hate bathing suit shopping for my daughter more than for myself which I would have never imagined because of the reasons you stated. She's 7 but she has a curvy backside. She would make a perfect jeans model because she's got that perfect curve but now that are cutting clothing and bathing suits inappropriately for this age group, keeping her tail end covered is a nightmare. Why do they need low rise panties for first and second graders?! I'm scared to think about what may come next. They are definitely forcing childhood to be even shorter than it already is by marketing inappropriate designs for these little girls. Let them be little!

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  19. Right? It's the media who ruins it for them and us! Kids are just out to have fun, I never felt self conscious in a bathing suit until I was 15 or so, when magazines made me feel like I should.

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