Monday, October 26, 2009

Confessions and Advice


Ok... I have a confession... I caved. I caved and did something I said I would NEVER do. I bought Grace some Tinkerbell PJ's. {GASP} I know, I know.... it's not Disney Princess, but it's close enough. If you'd seen her face when she realized they were hers, you would have melted too. Don't worry, I only paid .50 cents for the stupid things... (I am making myself feel better by including this statement)

She is totally obsessed with Tinkerbell. Those brilliant people at Disney have done it again. They have sucked my child in right along with every other 3 year old girl in the world. I mean, seriously, a 30 second commercial, and she now wants to be freakin' Tinkerbell when she grows up. Unless she is learning about it from her friends at school, I am at a loss.

Here's where I need the advice: Should her I let her watch the new Tinkerbell movie that is coming out this week????? She is well aware, from all the darn commercials that it's coming... And I know that it would make her so happy... but it goes against anything I thought I'd EVER do with my daughter..... I always said I would not have one of those girls that had every Disney princess, Tinkerbell, sparkly thing ever invented.

She now owns a Tinkerbell phone (potty present this summer) and the PJ's. {CRINGE} How does every 3 year old girl get sucked into Disney's spell???? It's uncanny. Mom says I'm encouraging the obsession, but I seriously don't think I am.

I think the reason I was against all the princess stuff in the first place is that I didn't want to encourage a 'sickie-sweet girly girl' if you know what I mean. But somehow Grace is the perfect balance of tomboy and girly girl. If you ask anyone that knows her, they will tell you the same. Everything she wears these days is required to twirl, and all things sparkly are her favorite... but somehow she holds this incredible balance. And to be honest, I like that.

So, what to do... make my child so happy by letting her watch "her" movie.... or be stubborn and just say no?

5 comments:

Kori said...

cave...

Katie said...

If you don't let her see it, she'll probably just become more fascinated because its 'forbidden fruit.' I say cave, but first dangle it as a carrot to illicit some stellar behavior;)

manipulative?
you bet!

Shai said...

So the day Hank turned 2 he started asking to watch Elmo (GAG me) and pretending to Spiderman...which he had NEVER seen before! I have no idea why this happened, but I was determined NOT to be a walking advertisement with the shirts and toys and blankets, ect. I totally don't want to be one of "Those People" who's kid sits in front of the TV all day and all he knows of interaction is Elmo. But when I really thought about it... My child does not spend all day in front of the TV. Elmo is about the greatest treat for him ever, and he totally has 2 (count em' 2) Spiderman shirts that he picked out all by himself for his birthday. What I finally had to ask myself was, "Am I parenting out of a fear of man instead of the fear of God?" So maybe the better question is why does it bother us? Is it unhealthy or is it unclassy...cause there is a difference :) This may not resonate with you but it feels very freeing to me.

haley said...

there are far worse things out there than tinkerbell and i agree with katie, forbidden fruit makes things far more exciting--so beware, and manipulation also sounds acceptable :) cave, jamie, cave!

Katie said...

"Is it unhealthy or is it unclassy"

Man! Even from the other side of the country that girl still comes up with stuff that convicts me of my pride....

So does this mean I should let Corbin wear his superman T-shirt to school...thus making his day, but also risking the other parents judging me for having 'tacky taste'?