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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ OH Yeah...Well, Take THAT Martha Stewart http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/2047/c/186/a/25 February 16, 2011 Greetings... Wal-Mart has been taking some heat for announvcing that they will start carrying a line of Makeup for "Tweens", girls between the ages of 10 and 12. There was quite an outcry from parents admonishing Wal-Mart for marketing a "grown-up" product to impressionable girls... When I first heard about it, my first reaction was also to bash Wal-Mart, but luckily, the brain cells that are in charge of logic and reasoning took over... If there is any bashing that should be done, the ones that should be taking the heat are the parents that have forgotten that they are parents and not their child's best buddy... So Wal-Mart is going to sell make-up for kids that have no business doing everything they can to look like mini Barbie dolls...or worse. Isn't it a parent's responsibility to do whatever they can to educate and say a word that this generation never seems to hear... NO!!! Of course, "Because I said so," "As long as you are living under my roof", and anything else that used to drive a point through thick skulls can still work IF these parents would take the time to use them and not give in because it's much easier than hearing the kid whine. I'll give you this, whining is something these younguns have gotten down pat... Why on Earth would you want your little girl to either look years older than she is or look like a street walker? Isn't it our job as a parent to protect our kids and not "pimp" them out? Parents parading their 3 and 4 year-old girls in pageants that are a Pedophiles dream. Girls dressing in clothes beyond their years and fooling some unsuspecting teenage boy who gets charged with statutory rape because "little Missy" not only told him she was 17, but looked and dressed like she was... Uh...Where were her parents when she got ready and left the house??? If it sounds like I'm taking the side of males right now it's because I am. While boys and men may be pigs who, as OUR parents taught us, "only want one thing", The worm has turned and they are incapable of seeing or fending off the new generation of manipulative, sex crazed females... No offense guys, females ARE smarter when it comes to getting what they want... One only has to take a look at the pictures being plastered all over the Internet social sites and see the pictures being posted by young girls. Not too many guys doing this, it's usually the young teen girls taking their own pictures and posting them. For what reason, You tell me! Their reasons and the possible consequences could be different when and if the wrong people see them. There is no privacy on the Internet... Does this mean the parents of boys have been better parents and taught their sons the difference between appropriate and inappropriate? Probably not, but these girls that think everyone is looking at them half-dressed adoringly might be surprised to hear what is really being said... If done right, raising kids is THE single hardest job on the planet. How many times did our kids say, "I hate you" when we didn't let them get their way? If they say it, you're doing a good job and there's a good chance that the "I love you's" will far outweight the I hate you's when they get older and there are many more years of the I love you's than the handful of years it takes to get them to adulthood... That's when you get to be your kid's best friend, not before...

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