Sometimes when we stand up for what is right, everyone will not always agree, but it doesn’t mean you should keep quiet.
Last week on Good Morning America, a family was interviewed because their 6-year-old daughter was kicked off a cheerleading team when the mother protested a “booty” cheer.
Why in the world would you ignore/condone this? The word “booty” is suggestive, and you don’t agree, observe a man observe a female (of any age) in booty shorts. I sympathize with this mother for sticking to what she believes is right even though her daughter got punished for it. It’s even worse because another parent rallied to have this child dismissed from the team. Some people just don’t see the big picture. Those who shrug off “the booty cheer” (or the YouTube video of 5 little girls’ rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ video) for these little ones now should keep quiet when the same girls come home with issues in middle/high school. I don’t mean them any harm, I’m just sayin’. Can’t kids just be kids?
My daughter is 7 and I’ve just enrolled her in Girl Scouts at her request. We’ve also found and joined a church with a great youth ministry program. I firmly believe that, as Proverbs 22:6 says, if you train up a child in the way s/he should go, they will not depart from it. Sure they will make mistakes and perhaps even stray for a while, but they will always come back to whatever you teach them and instill their minds.
A lot of things in our society now are becoming more and more lenient and tolerant, and sometimes, that’s not a good thing. It’s up to us as parents and mentors to teach our kids to love themselves, especially girls who are already prone to body image and self-esteem issues. For my daughter and others who admire me (of all ages), it starts with me. What can you do to set the right example for the youth today?