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My teen thinks she is going to die if I don't let her where thongs to school. She is 13 and apparently they make fun of anyone who doesn't wear thongs in gym class. They call normal underwear "Granny's Panties"? This has caused a major problem in our relationship. Does anyone have any advice or experiences to share?


Diane from Palm Beach, FL

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December 19, 20101 found this helpful

I'm a father of a 10 year old and my daughter wears thongs. I personally don't care if she buys them because they're underwear and if she likes them, she likes them and I can't prevent her from being what she wants people to think about her. And yes, I did ask her once why she wears thongs and she said because her friends wear them and she doesn't want to be left out. So my suggestion is to buy some for her at Victoria's Secret pink or something like that (because it's what she has the most of) or just give her something like 100 bucks and let her go buy what she wants (that's what I do to my daughter). I don't think any parent should prevent their child from being what they want others to think about them. In the sense that it's the current trend and she doesn't want people to think she's old fashioned. Actually, if she wears normal underwear and others call it grannies panties, you are making her get teased more because you are not allowing her to wear them. So you might just as well save your daughter from being teased by buying her some thongs. As simple as that. Hope you got what I said.

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May 2, 20170 found this helpful

So your saying that we should allow our children to fit in with their friends so they are not being made fun. Not trying to be rude, but I think that is absolutely ridiculous. I would rather teach my children to love themselves for who they are and not have people to turn them into something they don't want or is not who they are. Besides if they were truly her friends, they wouldn't be making fun of her in the first place. Basically your saying that if your daughters friends offer her some alcohol or drugs and make fun of her if she doesn't, then she should do what they are doing to avoid getting picked on. We need to be teaching out children that it's ok to be different as long as they are happy with themselves not do and follow what your friends are doing. Sorry but I refuse to agree with peer pressure.

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August 16, 20170 found this helpful

You are totally wrong you should teach your child to wear the right kind of clothes and how to do the right kind of things no matter what others may think. It can begin by taking them to church and teaching them about God and what He says is important.

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