Children First: How young is too young? - KOTA Territory News

Children First: How young is too young?


Many kids today, particularly girls, feel the need to grow up quick, and they oftentimes do.
Wearing make-up, having a cell phone or facebook page and shaving their legs are all a right of passage, but at what age is it appropriate?
Growing up, Raven and Madi Kennebec didn't have to sneak out of the house with make-up on, change out of their conservative clothes on the way to school or hide their clean shaven legs from their mother.  When one of the Kennebec girls wanted to do something more grown up, they asked. While they didn't always like the answer, good communication went along way.

The girls' mother, Tina Kennebec, says talking to her girls about little things when they were younger made it easier to talk about the big things as they grew up.

When the inevitable questions come, like: Can I shave my legs, wear make-up, have a cell phone or a facebook page ... she had a better idea of what her girls could handle.
"It's important to make sure they feel good about who they are because then they will make better choices," Tina said.
Tina says her daughters were ready for shaving, cell phones, and make-up by middle school.
She says she walked them through every step.

According to a Web MD article, most girls are ready to shave their legs by 5th or 6th grade, and start experimenting with make-up a little later on in middle school.

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