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Monday, July 18, 2016

Preschoolers in high heels









These heels are adorable, but are they made to be worn in preschool? The answer to that question is no. They are great for special occasions like picture day, but once they get their pictures taken, the shoes should come off.  Unfortunately, I see parents sending their little girls to school with these shoes on all the time.




Are we pushing our little girls too fast to grow up? I'm not sure if that's the case, I think that parents see the shoes as cute and their little girl seems to walk well in them. They don't think of the consequences of them tripping and twisting or breaking their ankles. 



The little girls at my school seem so uncomfortable in these shoes, but they won't take them off.

 I'm not sure if it's because they are modeling what they see their mom's doing, or if they feel prettier with them on. 

What I do know is that we need to teach them that like everything, there is a time and place for       them, and preschool isn't it. 


Antonio an Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon said that little girls should be gradually introduced to heels between the ages of 14-16. She said this is the time that all their muscles are developed enough for shoes like these. 

Antonio also  said, that when we wear heels we are putting extra fatigue on our muscles, so imagine a 6 year old wearing heels when their muscles haven't fully developed. Based on the article, if heels are worn for long periods of time the little girls might experience back, calf and leg pain. So, if you must get those heels, they shouldn't be any higher than 1" and worn for short periods of time.

Give your thoughts on this, do we have the right as educators to ban what children wear to school if it’s unsafe?


http://www.lifestyle.inquirer.net/143021/how-safe-are-heels-for-growing-girls








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