Ever since being blessed with little girls, I have often thought about how I will teach my daughter's about being modest. Not only in the way they dress, but how they speak, and act as well! I have already started making sure the girls wear clothes that cover their bodies up, no bellies showing, etc. However, I have noticed even the little girl clothing is just a miniature version of what some women wear. I just don't understand this. Why does society believe it is okay for girls as young a three years of age to dress like an adult woman. This is so not what I want to teach my children.
I have already begun instilling in my children that it is okay to dress modestly, and that they are beautiful inside and out. However, another problem that I have come across is toys. Especially dolls, such as Barbie and Bratz. They do not teach young girls modesty at all. This is very sad to me. I remember growing up with dolls such as Barbie and having a great time with them. Yet I am very hesistant to purchase such toys for my girls because I do not believe they teach girls a healthy body image or modesty.
That said I have been on the lookout for dolls and other toys that teach girls modesty, healthy self esteem and that they are valuable no matter what they do, how they are dressed or what they look like physically. I firmly believe the inside is what matters most, especially to God. I am raising my children in a home that is filled with God. Therefore I want their playthings to also represent our faith in some aspects. I recently came across two dolls that I cannot wait to purchase in the near future: Karito Dolls and Only Hearts Club Dolls
The Karito Kids Dolls are comprised of seven different dolls, each representing a different culture and country from around the world. They each come dressed in a fun, modest outfit. As well, each doll comes with a hard cover book about her adventures in her home country. Another great benefit of these dolls is they come with a special code to activate them on the Karito Kids website, and in the process you can choose to support charities around the world that help less fortunate kids, and learn about different cultures through playing online games too. These dolls are not cheap, costing $99. You can check them out here.
The Only Hearts Club dolls are a wonderful way to instill positive self esteem in young girls, while letting their imaginations soar. This is a direct quote from the website regarding the dolls:
The Only Hearts Club™, the perfect combination of beautiful dolls and hip accessories that are fun and cool and that girls love to play with, while at the same time providing a positive image and message that parents and grandparents want their girls to see and hear.
There are several Only Hearts Club dolls, all different cultures and styles. Each has a name and individual personality and interests. They are real dolls for real girls, as the website states. There are also Only Hearts Club books that detail the girls adventures! In each story, one of the girls has a dilema and throughout the book, discovers how to do the right thing. What a wonderful message for young girls to learn!
Young girls can even join the Only Hearts Club online and get some great goodies!
You can check out the Only Hearts Club Dolls here.
I would love to know what other ideas you have to instill modesty and right choices in the girls in your life! Leave a comment with your thoughts!