The other day I was driving behind a group of boys (we're talking about fourteen years old here) riding their bikes. As one bent down a little further over his handlebars, I was gifted with a truly clear view of his belt. While writing a post about inappropriate kids' clothing makes me feel very old, I still have incredibly young and clear vision, so there's no question in my mind that I read it perfectly. What did his belt say you may ask?
"I Love Boobies."
Yup. That's right. He was fourteen and wearing a belt that said "I Love Boobies."
For the record, I am aware of the "I Love Boobies" campaign through the Keep a Breast Foundation. And perhaps this kid is a huge proponent of breast cancer research. On the other hand, he may have no idea that this belt supports this organization and may just be psyched to state how much he "Loves Boobies."
My son is six months old. However, I feel confident in saying that if in fourteen years, I'm doing laundry, and I come across a belt that says "I Love Boobies" all over it, that belt will be hitting the trash.
When I was fourteen, I baby-sat and had an allowance and some money of my own, but the majority of clothes were still being bought for me by my parents. Did that boy's mother buy him a belt that said that?
I remember the big uproar years ago when Abercrombie & Fitch was selling thong underwear for little girls. Inappropriate? Absolutely. Should they have been selling them? No. Would you actually buy those for your eight year old daughter? I hope not.
I understand the desire to want to please your children. I know that there are parents out there who want their kids to think that they are cool. But my kids could have the biggest throw-down in the entire world in the dressing room, and we would still be walking out of that store empty-handed.
Maybe this boy went out with his hard-earned cash and bought this belt for himself. If he was my son, I would have told him that I hoped he saved the receipt and work on finding a different way to support breast cancer research.
What do you do if your child is determined to buy or have you buy some sort of questionable clothing? Do you give in or do you draw the line? How about when it supports a foundation for a good cause?