“Our worldly culture is exposing our girls to situations they are not equipped to handle. They are being forced to grow up too fast.” Vicki Courtney
I’ve been shocked more and more over the years with the amount of adult attitudes that little girls express, the physical attributes they copy, and the material items they possess. Why does an eight-year-old need a Facebook page (especially when the rule is age 13)? Why does a third-grader need an iPhone? Why does a sixth-grader need thong underwear?
Because everyone else is doing it.
Because they want to emulate women they love.
Because it makes them feel grown-up.
But then what do they have to look forward to when they get older?
I often felt a little lost as a parent, which is why I asked God to show me books that would provide good, Biblical advice. One author I absolutely love is Vicki Courtney. She has many books and Bible studies to help moms understand how to navigate raising children.
In her book Your Girl, Raising A Godly Daughter in an Ungodly World, Vicki states “As mothers, we must accept the reality of current times and live in today’s world, all the while doing all we can to influence tomorrow.”
When do moms allow the transition from a toy phone to an iPhone, from play make-up to real makeup, from ponytails to layered haircuts with dyed stripes?
While each mom must make the choice based on her own daughter’s personality and the family’s values, we must each consider the motive behind our child’s interest in the item before handing it over.
Vicki helps moms to encourage their daughters to enjoy childhood, to be content with where they are now, to be willing to wait for the adventures of womanhood. There is plenty of time for that grown-up stuff later!
I highly recommend this title to all moms! It was a great help to me in discerning what to say to my daughter in the various seasons of childhood. I was better able to know how to protect her and when to give her a little freedom.
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