parenting

Choose Modesty and Dignity

modestySo I was just reading a blog; somebodylovesmeblog.  The writer said how our bodies are a temple to the Holy Spirit.  I hate to admit this but I am not sure I ever thought about it that way.  I have come to understand modesty better through the years.  Our bodies were created by God for ourselves, our spouse and God’s eyes only.  Growing up my mom tried to teach me in her way about modesty but I guess I did not listen or get it then.  I was a girl who loved going to clubs to dance.  I dressed provocatively not to get the attention of boys but because I would get really hot dancing.  I did not think anything about it.

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Now that I have my own children and one is a little girl I see things very differently.  I see so many little girls in bikinis during the summer months and think ‘oh no not my daughter’.  How about the new style of wearing skin-tight leggings and not have something on top that goes past our butts?  It is not just little girls doing this; it seems to be all ages.  I spoke to someone recently about it and she simply stated that it is just the style.  Why does that have to be the current style?  I have no problem with leggings.  I actually love them BUT my daughter and I wear them under dresses or with a long shirt on over them.  If our butts are showing then we find a different top to wear.

I want my daughter to know that just because everyone else might be dressing a certain way does not mean the rest of us have to.  I want her to love herself and to know that even with a beautiful body she does not need the whole world seeing it.  You can dress sexy but modestly at the same time.  I want her to be classy and to respect her body.  As the woman said in the other article “our bodies are a temple for the Holy Spirit”.

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Hopefully if I start now (my daughter is 5) by the time she is a teenager she will understand where I am coming from.  She will be the one setting the trend with modesty and not seductive dressing.

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