Hi Everyone ~ it's me Franky sharing another post on this lovely Friday! If you're a parent, how many times have you said to yourself or others, "They grow up way too fast"? I know I hear Maggie & Bob say that all the time, mostly about their own daughters but also when they see long-time campers leave WeHaKee for what may be the last time.
Time marches on and the young girls who it seemed, just arrived at camp at age 7 or 8 or 9, suddenly are departing at the end of their Leadership Academy sessions heading off to their senior year of high school or first year of college. The time for being just a kid seems to go by in a flash.
So why is it that there is so much out there pushing our girls to grow up faster and faster? It seems the media plays a major influence on encouraging girls to become adult-like, often times pushing girls to become more sexualized - i.e did you see all the 'sexy' Halloween costumes for teens and pre-teens this year?!? This race to adulthood robs many girls of one of the most important elements of youth development... being a child!