Do the clothing choices your mom pal makes for her girls get in the way of your friendship?
I know that may sound ridiculous, but I keep thinking about Abercrombie’s new push up bikini top for girls as young as seven, and as vile and disgusting as I think it is, I wonder how many of my mom friends would agree?
Obviously friends have different opinions. Just like we teach our daughters, we are all supposed to be different, and those differences should be celebrated. But if one of my good friends came home from the mall all excited about the new push up “Ashley” bikini she just bought for her seven-year-old, I would not be able to hold my tongue. And more importantly, I would have to think twice about continuing our friendship. Yes, really.
To me, this goes way beyond two moms simply having a difference of opinion over, for example, when ear piercing is appropriate. If you are ok purchasing a bikini with built-in boobs for your second grader, you’re probably also fine with her collecting Bratz and watching Glee. Those particular choices (while I find them to be outrageously revolting) are not necessarily friendship deal-breakers for me. But the “Ashley” is. Playing “pretend” with a supercurvaceous skanky doll is bad enough, but encouraging your daughter to live out that kind of image and to yearn for her body to develop long before it’s ready, is a whole ‘nother story. That’s not pretend play. That’s real life.
What do you think? Have you ended a friendship with another mom for similar reasons?