As I sat today, watching the Kinder's play outside, the leaves falling from the trees, and a warm breeze blowing I realized that I kept seeing the one little girl who was playing tag hoist her pants up, trying to hide the little butter cracked that kept showing. This was not an issue for the boys.
And the more I thought about it, and thought about any wardrobe malfunction I have ever had to deal with, the more I realized, "Holy fuck... I am constantly pulling up the girls pants, or asking then too because their ass is hanging out!" This was an internal monologue.
I remembered a Blog post I read not that long ago (It's here if you're interested) by a mother talking about the difference in length between girls shorts, and boys shorts sold in Target. The average inseam (a.k.a. the seam from crotch to the bottom of the pant leg) on the toddler girl shorts was one inch, where as the boys was four inches.
But then I got thinking about the rise of little girls jeans - so from crotch to waistband. And while I do not have the measurements to show proof, I would say that the rise on a pair of preschool girls jeans is not as high as on a boys.
Add to that their underpants are made differently - weak elastic, not as much coverage, etc - than boys, this shouldn't surprise me.
Shouldn't children simply be able to play without worrying that their buns are hanging out? Or be able to sit in a pair of shorts without their panties (or more) showing? When did we start forcing on these little girls the idea that they must dress like miniature adults? Instead of simply finding them comfortable clothes, that cover their bodies, that stay up, and that they can play in.
The next time I have to hike a pair of jeans up over a little girls bum, and have them barely cover, I may scream.
PS: I just started a book called "The Explosive Child" by Ross W. Greene Ph.D. I think it'll be an interesting read.