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Family 411: Dressing teen girls
CINCINNATI (Sheila Gray) -- Does a trip to the mall with your teenager usually mean a fight?
Some of the clothes stores market to kids can put parents and daughters at odds. Two national programs could help you fashion a truce with your teen. What to wear - or what not to wear - causes a lot of friction in families.
College student Reagan Willertz describes what it was like with her mother, "My mom would say, 'You've got to come out. Let's see how short it is. Put your arms up.'"
Seventeen year old Monica Irby adds, "They want flowery dresses and skirts, and I'm more shorts or jeans."
Moms feel differently. Ruth Irby says, "I want them to be beautiful and stylish, but in a dignified, princess like way."
While Kim Heyob laments, "There's just nothing that seems to appropriate for them."
Parents and girls clashing over clothes is really an age old problem, but some moms say a positive message may be more likely to get through if it comes from someone else. Reagan and Hannah heard that positive message in a program called Pure Fashion.
Pure Fashion arms girls to fight the onslaught of messages in stores and the media that they have to dress in skimpy clothes to fit it.
Reagan says, "It shows you your real value isn't what you wear. Your real value is your inner beauty and how you treat people."
And Hannah Heyob adds, "You can be very modest but very fashionable at the same time."
Lynnae Bussell trained to be an educator for Reveal Your Dignity, another national program which teaches girls fashion basics like color and body type. Online classes promote good character, "to give them skills to be able to mentor other girls," says Bussell.
Teacher and Reagan's mom, Krista Willertz says positive peer pressure is key. "If you have a couple of friends who think the same way you do, it's comfortable, it's fun, it IS popular."
Reagan adds, "I get the attention I want. Dressing immodestly gets you attention, not but the attention you want."
Now Reagan and Hannah plan to volunteer and share that fashion philosophy. Moms of the girls they meet will like that just fine.
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