Sometimes my daughter wears hot pants and crop tops.
That’s bad isn’t it? An 11 year old girl flaunting her body. What sort of mother allows her daughter to go out like that? Think of all the people looking at her. Think of all the people judging her mother.
But, do you know what, there’s nothing bad about it.
She wears her hot pants and crop tops because she’s hot. No other reason. She wears them with a lovely big healthy dose of innocence and totally free of any self-consciousness.
She doesn’t think that people might be looking at her body. She doesn’t think that it’s wrong that her legs and stomach are showing.
And she doesn’t worry that she’s too fat, too thin, too muscular, too hairy or anything else.
She wears them to feel comfortable. Dance classes in summer make you hot. So does running.
Sometimes the weather is so warm that just existing makes you hot. So my daughter wears something to keep her cool.
And I love that she does.
She’s 11 now. The reality is, she’s getting to an age where she will start to worry about what others think of her and worry about her own body. (Although I really hope she doesn’t. I like to think she’s got a good role model in me, who never worries about my own body.) So, until then, I’m happy for her to wear her hot pants and crop tops. Whether she’s at dance classes, Parkrun, in the garden or out on the street. Because it’s healthy and she’s happy.
And, let’s be honest, when the weather is hot, don’t we all wish that sometimes we could wear hot pants and crop tops too?