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.