A few years ago, I wrote about sexy Halloween costumes and how the commercialization, and sexualization of this annual event is reaching young people’s lives at an earlier age each year.
Sexy Remote Control?!
This morning, I joined Celeste Headlee and John Hockenberry on The Takeaway for a quick discussion on the trend and what it is about these sexy costumes that appeal to teens. Is it that they’re the only costumes available to them at the stores or is there an issue of self-image and self-esteem that need to be addressed if these are the types of outfits that young girls are selecting?
I don’t have a daughter but many of my friends will have to deal with this issue in the coming years. How do you handle the situation and what discussions come up when asking your daughter why it is she wants to select (if she does) a costume that you might feel is inappropriate?
Personally, I think creating your own costume and coming up with a unique idea is what Halloween should be about for kids that age. For the little ones, it’s about playing pretend and getting dressed up – and the candy! Adult versions of Halloween have unfortunately taken over so where do our teens and tweens fit in?
Happy Healthy Hip Parenting
Peace Begins in the Home
I remember adults asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up and having no idea how to answer that question. I’ve only recently discovered what I truly want to do that would be fulfilling, provide me with a stable income and allow me to have the flexibility that I desire.
Young women have limitless options when it comes to the type of career they want but it certainly isn’t easy to figure out as a teen or young adult what job would suit them best.
In Their Shoes is a wonderful resource put together by Deborah Reber that just might help young women narrow down their career choices. Interviewing women in different professions, from a forensic scientist to librarian, firefighter to architect and over a dozen more, Reber highlights successful women and what it took for them to get to where they are today.
Senator Barbara Boxer and actress Maura Tierney are two recognizable names – and faces – included in this collection of careers that young women will understand more clearly after reading through this book.
In the back of the book is a Career Chooser checklist to help readers determine which jobs fall into categories that they might find appealing, such as jobs involving travel to interesting places, careers that provide opportunities to attend hip parties or that allow you to work from home.
I wish I had this book when I was in high school, trying to figure it all out. With this book and the information provided, young women can select a career path that they will be confident and eager to dive into when the time comes.