Monday, November 11, 2013

The Things People Say

My almost-4 year old informed my husband this morning, as she was getting dressed, that "everyone says I'm going to be beautiful."  She said it matter-of-factly, as she explained why she needed to wear a "pretty dress."

What kind of thing is that for a little kid to internalize?  It's true. . .people do say it all the time.  She has delicate features and coloring that people consider pretty.  I consider her pretty, too.  But I want her to value her intelligence, her internal strength, her ability to be kind, and a million other INTERNAL things.  The fact that she's cognizant enough of the external stuff at this age is. . .kind of scary to me.  It's frightening, the messages that society sends to little girls.

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