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As many of my loyal readers know, I am a proud father of a beautiful 3 year old daughter. She is growing up very quickly and is now outsmarting me more and more each day.
And with her new found wisdom comes new found danger. Specifically, boobs on a bus.
While out the other day walking with my daughter E, a bus went by and my jaw dropped. You see, buses in Hong Kong are major advertising tools. Pictures are plastered all over them and this particular bus was advertising breasts… I mean a movie about breasts.
Surprised, I sneakily turned E the other way, hurting my neck in the process.
In the past, when I commuted to work by MTR, our transport railway here in HK, I would always notice pictures of half naked girls on the subway walls. Usually promoting diet clinics and such to make ladies skinnier and more ‘acceptable’. I always found it odd watching younger ones walk by these adverts, for obvious reasons, but now that I have a daughter it has made me question it even more.
However, for me this is just another example of how hiding the truth from my daughter is not the best way to protect her.
Reality will hit and my daughter will see these pictures and see how society paints an image of what is ‘hot’ and what is ‘healthy’.
The key is to arm her with the tools to think for herself and react with intelligence. Teach her that the way to good health is not through a pill or an electric machine that gyrates your body back and forth. Teach her that there is more worth to a female than her appearance.
Parenting is a scary biz, but for me I’m going to use this same theory when it comes to dating and drug use chats with E. And that time will come. But, for now, my daughter is 3 and I’m going to enjoy the swings and piggy back rides.
Do you have similar concerns as a parent? I’d love to know your thoughts on this in the comments below! And of course sharing this would be greatly GREATLY appreciated!
Have a wonderful week!