Friday, June 22, 2012

Growing Up Too Fast...

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A few weeks ago, I found myself in line at the grocery store.  Ahead of me was an attractive blond in a black strapless tube dress.  She had either been tanning or had a fresh spray tan.  Her nails were manicured and pedicured.  Her hair had highlights and had recently been professionally styled.  Her makeup was flawless.  You get the picture...

To my utter shock, I overheard her tell the bagger that she was on her way to her MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADUATION!  This young lady looked like she belonged in a bar in downtown Chicago, sipping an appletini or the latest cocktail.  It made my heart sad.  The "girl" was with her (also tan and attractive) mother who was sporting designer jeans, a low cut top and blond hair extensions.  Ironically, mom was trying to look much younger than her years.

This incident illustrates CRAZY parenting that is rampant in our society.  We simply are unable to set limits with our youngsters.  And the result is that kids don't get to be kids anymore.  Childhood is fleeting and if we as parents, don't consciously act to protect and guard it, our children truly suffer.  Face it, this girl was 13 or 14 years old.  She should be in her "awkward" stage.  Painful as it may be, it serves the purpose of having adulthood to look forward to.  What does this young woman have to look forward to?  Not to mention the stress of always trying to be perfect.  The whole incident left me shaking my slightly gray haired head...