I thought I would share something different today 🙂 something that I have been experiencing over the last few months.

When I was growing up, I spent most of my time with my brother and my male cousins. I was most definitely a ‘Tom Boy’.
Growing up in the 1980s, neither my brother or my cousins ever seemed to be too fussed about their appearance.

In 2015, times have most definitely changed! As a mother of a teenage boy, I am truly shocked by how much pressure boys today have to look good. Each morning, my son chooses to get up extra early to allow himself time to ‘do his hair’ and to continually check himself in the mirror.

All of this is like a parallel universe. When I was growing up my brother would never even brush his hair (let alone style it!). It is sad that boys can no longer just be boys. They have just as much, if not more, pressure to ‘look good’ as girls.

This makes me wonder, why? Why must boys or girls look so perfect even at the age of 13? Who is to blame? Celebrities? Magazines? The internet? Or is it that there isn’t just one place to blame? Maybe it’s just a sign of changing times, as men and women become more equal the pressure to be ‘perfect’ is equal also.

What do you think? Has anyone else noticed this with their own children?

Thanks for reading, please feel free to share your thoughts and feelings.

Charlotte x x x

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