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This Is Not OK -- Halloween's Gone Trampy

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Forget pirates and pumpkins ... this year, the kids are going slutty.

We brought you this story weeks ago, but so many have been complaining about this very topic, that we had to bring it back. Can you believe the costumes out there? It's easier than ever to dress your six-year-old in a skanky costume: almost all of them are revealing and sexy. Newsweek reports halter tops, bare midriffs, miniskirts and knee socks are what moms are finding when shopping for a costume for their girls, and we agree: "It seems almost on the verge of child pornography, they ooze with so much attitude."

A girl isn't an Army cadet, she's a 'Major Flirt,' and who knew that female firefighters wore fishnet stockings?! One mom we know mentioned that her tall tween can't even fit into these teensy numbers and ended up having to shop in the adult aisle. There she couldn't find a single "covered-up" costume. What is going on here? Are retailers just following pop culture, or are our girls growing up way too fast? Whatever your answer -- don't be surprised if an six-year-old dominatrix shows up at your door!

Does your kid insist upon wearing something trampy on Halloween? Here are six tips from psychologist and momlogic friend Dr. Lisa Boesky on how to deal with those fashion fights.

1. If your daughter is under 16, do not purchase a costume you do not approve of. She won't be happy, but she'll get over it.

2. If she is over 16, negotiate on how sexy to dress. She may want a micro mini skirt and you want ankle length--compromise with right above the knee. Allow her one sexy item versus an entire costume.

3. Be aware of your own clothing choices -- your daughter is paying close attention. If you dress much younger than your age, don't be surprised if your teen dresses more provocatively than hers.

4. Ask your daughter how she feels when she dresses in a sexy costume. Why does she display so much skin? Really listen ... even if you don't like what you hear.

5. Ask your daugher to explain how her sexy costume corresponds to her actual behavior. Does it send the message that she is available sexually? Is she even aware this is what boys might assume?

6. Have her father -- or another man she trusts/respects -- talk with her about how boys view girls who dress overtly sexy (slutty, bimbo, airhead, material, etc) He should emphasize the 'sexiness' of subtlety and leaving something to the imagination.


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Anonymous May 8, 2011, 10:20 AM

Listen I want to agree with you about the halloween costumes but I just can’t.

We baby our children too much, and because of that at eighteen years old most “kids” are completely unable to handle the real world. much less a real relationship, if they start dressing for dating at 16 they won’t have enough time to properly develope the skills.

I want to quote something “4. Ask your daughter how she feels when she dresses in a sexy costume. Why does she display so much skin? Really listen … even if you don’t like what you hear.”
-Maybe you shouldn’t be questioning her choice of dress, it’s perfectly natural to want to be desired by the opposite sex. Maybe YOU need to ask yourself why you’re so uncomfortable letting your child grow up properly!

In my house at 13 my family expected me and all siblings to be responsible for they’re own actions, and that meant adult repercussions. Not only did I grow up better for it but at eighteen i was ready to enter the world of college, get a job, and a girlfriend. I thank my family for TRULY preparing me.

And never forget, our children are reflections of ourselves. DNA Percipitation people, it’s real. May 20, 2011, 4:20 AM

Kids_costumes_more_slutty_than.. Awful :) June 3, 2011, 3:57 AM

Kids_costumes_more_slutty_than.. OMG! :) June 5, 2011, 4:14 AM

Kids_costumes_more_slutty_than.. Corking :)

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