Thursday, November 13, 2008
Do your kids fit the stereotypes?
Max likes cars, fire trucks, planes, trains, buses and basically anything that goes.
Sabrina likes princesses, pink, princesses, princesses, princesses, princesses (did I mention princesses)?
How exactly did this happen? I didn't encourage them. Yes, Max has toy cars and stuff, but since he was a baby he'd screech in delight when a truck passed us on the road or a plane flew overhead. And I tried so hard to avoid Cinderella-itis. But suddenly, at 3&1/2 or so, Sabrina started talking about princess this and that and insisting on wearing pink every day ("BLUE is for boys," she informed me the other week.) My husband and I jokingly call her Sabrinarella behind her back.
I'll admit to being psyched that in some ways, Max is a typical little boy. But the princess stuff bugs me, especially because there are no cool princesses. It all seems so retro and narrow-minded, though I am not worried Sabrina will one day head off to college dressed in a dippy pink taffeta gown and carrying a wand.
Are your kids the same way? And how do you feel about that?
Posted by Ellen Seidman at 5:26 AM