My eight-year-old wants a two-piece bathing suit for this summer.
I have a problem with this. I’m trying not to, but I do.
There is a big part of me that thinks it’s a little pervy for a young girl to wear a two-piece. Especially the triangle top ones. Those triangles are meant for breasts. Breasts are not part of an eight-year-old. It’s just a little too – I don’t know – sexual for me.
And I know that’s not the point of why she wants a two-piece, but good lord she’s got the REST OF HER LIFE to wear one. Why do we need to start now?
These little girls are BOMBARDED with sexual images day in and day out. I’ve been pretty lucky in that her school is not full of “hooker chic” dressed peers – but she’s clearly seen it somewhere. (And, yes, I do wear a bikini but I haven’t busted mine out yet this year.)
I’m thinking of a little compromise and letting her do a tankini this year. I’m trying not to make this a big thing that turns into a larger discussion that turns into a body image mess. Maybe that’s the middle ground?
Am I nuts?