Monday, February 6, 2012
How to Talk to Little Girls
I ran across this post recently, and it really spoke to me and made me think about things that I want to teach my future children. As we are getting closer and closer to starting a family, I find myself considering these things more often. What values do we want our children to have? What are the most important things I want them to learn from me? How can I be the best role model for my own children? A quick look on my Facebook News Feed, and it's easy to see what this article is talking about. It really does sadden me to see these (very few, yet well-intentioned) mothers posting Glamour-shot-wannabe-photos of their little girls, and the influx of "oh, she's so beautiful" comments. And I'm not talking about your every-once-in-a-while-it's-totally-normal-to-show-off-your-kid-being-super-cute photos. I mean the daily postings of moms who truly appear to be fishing for the "cute comments" as if her own self-worth is also based on how many people think her daughter is the most adorable thing ever. While I think a certain amount of dress-up, fairy-tale, princess play is healthy, I want daughters who are intelligent, independent thinkers who value themselves for who they are and not how they look (although, who are we kidding, my kids are gonna be adorable). Food for thought...what do you think?