It was a nice rainy Fall day today here in Michigan. They only trouble is it’s Mid-July, aka SUMMER. My little ones were getting restless, so we went on an adventure. Typically, I say ‘lets go on an adventure’ to get them ready and in the car. Once we are all buckled in I form a plan. Today’s adventure brought us indoors to our local mall. We ate mall food for lunch, read books at the local book store, goofed around with puppets, and then yes, we ended up in the kiddy coral. You know what I’m talking about, right? The padded area with squishy things to jump on. The little ones were full of giggles and I was happy to watch them.
Here are some pictures:
Big smiles— our trip was a hit! Fair warning here, this is not a blog post about Mom’s not paying attention to their kids, or looking at their cell phones or wearing yoga pants or whatever. I get it, we are all here to let our kids run around in the padded room. I’ve got nothing but love to my sister’s out there on this Motherhood journey.
Why is this poster here? Right here– Right in front of the play area? Why? But wait there is more, check out my daughter here:
So what exactly is the message that we are sending our children? If you are a girl go ahead and take your clothes off to impress people. If you are lucky enough to be a guy, ‘Lighten Up’ wear a suit to impress people. This is the kind of stuff that drives me crazy. I would NOT let my children at home watch a V.C. fashion show….why is it appropriate at the mall?
The problem HERE is that these store surround the children’s area. I know that when I bring my kids to the mall they are bound to see something inappropriate and I’m ready for that. Usually I can distract and walk right by the skeezy images. But these, THESE are surrounding the KID’S play area. And it’s not ok. As a society we have GOT to step up our game. And this Mall should work on it’s planning a bit more.
I don’t want my daughter growing up seeing images of unattainable and air brushed bodies. I want my sons to have more respect for women and love them for their mind…not their underwear. What are people thinking putting this stuff up so close to children? CHILDREN!
But guess what folks, I’m not done. And in this corner we have:
C-bear- she’s flying her rocket to the moon. (yeah I was on my phone AND paying attention to my girl). But here’s a close up of what’s behind her at that make-up store:
Make-up…so easy anyone can do it. Anyone can put this make-up on….even little kids.
Let me paint this crystal clear: kids padded area in center, we have an almost naked Victoria Secret picture, not be out done by then men dress in 3 piece suits, all while little girls are shining down on us putting their make up on. This is spot COULD be so awesome for children, for Moms, for our community. However, because of poor planning it’s a spot I feel is not safe place for children in our community.
I don’t really know how to wrap this post up. I am disgusted and sadden by the lack of thought that went into this ‘children’s area’. I will say that luckily, in my community we have things like Play. and Impressions 5, something catered towards children, that is truly a safe place for them. And for that I am thankful.