It seems that I am becoming more aware of the pressures that we face raising kids today. There’s always been stress involved and different kinds of things to worry about. Just recently, I was introduced to an article about the bombardment of the “princess mentality.” You’ve seen it: Disney princesses on shirts, back packs, and even forks. Pink tutus and tiaras around every corner. I knew Barbie had issues but I never even thought about princesses teaching Lilly and Willow the wrong kind of messages about being a woman. As a youngin, I watched the Little Mermaid and Aladdin so my first thoughts were, “Well, I turned out just fine!” but on second thought, did I? I consider myself independent with decent self-esteem but it isn’t perfect.
I am also reading the book “Girls on the Edge” which might be giving me grey hairs. On top of all that, NPR had a segment about antibiotics in meat and dairy which is something I already knew but had decided to ignore. I just can’t ignore it anymore because I want Lilly and Willow to stay little as long as possible. I would love to have the money to spend at Green Life but Bi – Lo offers some solutions and we will do the best we can for as long as we can. As for the pink princess problem, I will just do my best at teaching them to be strong girls through my own actions and thoughts. I want Lilly and Willow to see Cinderella and Snow White but I also want them to know Amelia Earhart and Tina Fey.
I needed to get all that off my mind for a while in order to show how my independent girl dressed herself to go outside! She insisted on playing with sand on Saturday but it was only about 30 degrees outside so I told here to get a sweater and some shoes:
Sure, the shoes are on backwards and stars and stripes is played out but she was warm for the most part. Willow is becoming even stronger, able to really grab toys and even pull them so they make their noise or the vibration. This makes her very happy.
On Friday, we went to Knoxville with Wil since he had a meeting at the Diocese. The girls had a fun time at the mall eating ice cream, throwing coins into fountains and checking out the Disney Store. When we headed out, I worried about spending so much time in the mall, wondering if both girls would last and be happy. They both did which was a nice surprise. I never should have doubted them. 🙂
Willow has started getting a bit of rice cereal at night to help her sleep a little better. It is totally working and she seems to like the new flavor. Lilly keeps waiting for it to snow but it seems the weather is confused these days. Maybe one day we can build a snowman and go sledding……