From Kerry Byrnes, TODAY producer The question hit me like a ton of bricks: "Mom, If the Hannah Montana costume is inappropriate, why do they make it in my size?" Touché my little six-year old. For the past month, we've gone back and forth about what my daughter would wear for Halloween. As the mother, I had visions of my sweet little girl dressing as a tiger, a bunny, maybe even an angel. She had visions of teenage pop stars and sexy superheroes. It seems like everything out there today is "sexy." Somehow, costume manufacturers have even found a way to make a nun costume sexy. And so began the discussion of what is appropriate and inappropriate for a child to wear. Everyone has a different opinion and a different measuring stick for what is inappropriate. I felt that if she dressed as Hannah Montana today, she would be a sexy pirate tomorrow. Where should the line be drawn? I have talked to friends and co-workers, even my own mother. I know that Halloween is the one day that a child can dress up and be something completely different from who they really are, to make believe. To quote a line from the movie "Mean Girls," "Halloween is the one night a year you can dress like a slut and no other girls can say anything about it!" Why? And when is it ok for your daughter to dress like a hoochy-ho? I am proud of my daughter for making a federal case about why she wanted to be Hannah Montana, "Mom, I don't HAVE to wear high-heeled shoes, I can wear my sneakers." I am glad that she spoke her mind, and stood up for something she really wanted. Would it have been a big deal for my daughter to be Hannah Montana this Halloween? Maybe not. But in the end, after consulting Daddy, the final answer was, "no." She accepted her fate, quivering lip, tears in her eyes, and all, but took "No" as the answer. It broke my heart to disappoint her, but in the end, I am comfortable with the decision.
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