Okay, I just figured out the whole comments thing and now will respond when people leave them. Apologies for previous silence. Wasn’t for lack of love!
Archive for February 2011
Girls these days all want to do ballet in preschool. And that can be fine. But most of them won’t want to continue once it gets “real”–and given the body image concerns about ballet, most of us really don’t want our daughters to get serious about it anyway (I don’t mean to put the knock on ballet–or certainly any other form of dance–which I respect. I’m just saying the rates of eating disorders, body distortion etc. in ballet are significant. And besides, have you SEEN “Black Swan?”). Anyway, in addition to–or instead of–ballet how about getting your daugher and her friends into kids’ yoga? It’s graceful, you can wear a leotard if you want, and it’s something that can become a building block for a lifelong healthy practice promoting POSITIVE body image, confidence, competence and inner strength. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Check at your local studios for kids’ classes. There [...]
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, before the pall of pink was cast over our land, Disney made the Mulan Movies. And they were good. Especially Mulan II which contains the song that Andy Mooney, head of Disney’s Consumer licensing division would prefer you to forget: Like Other Girls
Okay, here’s my evolving, idiosyncratic list of fun playthings, movies, books so that after reading CAMD, when you say, “NOW what?” You have an answer! Feel free to send ideas!
I am working really hard to try to get a new page going of ideas to counter the pink-and-pretty princess tsunami for little girls. A little hope and light to go with the rest. My plan is to have it up in the next few days, so please check back. I hope it can become a resource for parents who want to know: NOW WHAT? Meanwhile, the glorious Lisa Belkin offered this “Motherlode” post with ideas.