C is for Career

(this post-a-day-thing is harder than I thought. Every-other-day-a-post is more like me I think)

So, I love Sesame Street!  I loved it when I was Emma’s age, and I love it now as a mama, watching it through the eye of my 5 year old. Here’s our latest favorite YouTube clip of S St.:

On so many levels, this is GREAT. One, because Sonia Sotomayor is just an awesome role model. Two, because we have 4 more years of a President who’ll hopefully appoint more Justices like her. And Three, because this clip goes after the princess ideal that is endemic to being a girl in our culture today.

Don’t get me wrong, I have finally accepted that my little girl eschews her mama’s choice of footwear in favor of shoes like these:

definitely not in Kansas anymore

Yes, I bought my 5 year old HEELS. To say she’s ecstatic would be an understatement.

But I’m no longer rebelling against my daughter’s choices — whether it’s buying uncomfortable shoes at a young age, or her insistence on wearing a dress outside when it’s -20. The fact is that she is who she is, and even though her drawings may be of princesses getting married (which, yes, kills her mama just a bit to have to hang on the fridge), I also know this little girl is smart and funny and loves to read.

That, and I keep telling myself that this whole princess schtick stage will pass.  Videos like the above also help add to my hopes!

The ‘Emma’ style

p.s. Here’s a bonus Sesame Street video that never gets old for Emma and I: Celebrity Lullabies with Ricky Gervais

One comment on “C is for Career

  1. My kids were FULL ON PRINCESS at that age, and now they shake their head at little girls that they babysit who want to constantly play princess. They think it’s kind of lame. I don’t think it’s internalized in them that you don’t need a man to save you, rescue you, provide your every happiness, but they are on their way. I think the first boyfriend heartbreak will likely cure them of any leftover illusions.

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