Even if you’re a paunchy 35-year-old workaholic with a giant cellphone and no time for your family or friends, you can change. You can pick yourself up by your bootstraps, launch yourself out of a cannon, fight a pirate, and throw your cell phone out the window.
If you think hard enough, you can remember your eight year old self and what is most important.
If you work hard enough, you can make positive change. You can win a food fight with Rufio. You can wear fitted, green tights and look great. You can fly.
Now all I want to do is watch Hook.
I LOVE Disney Princesses, from their beautiful dresses, perfect hair, gorgeous voices and most with ideal love stories in the mix you can’t help but become entranced with the characters. But it got me thinking, they’re just characters, a writers tale of a princess (most before 1998)…an unrealistic fantasy for most girls (Yay Kate Middleton!).
It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters...
We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world……..so let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.
THREE. Who said toys can't be art?
I want to try this so badly for Harrison.
My biggest wish, though, the one before I blow out all the candles while holding a lucky penny and a four-leaf clover at 11:11, is that you find satisfaction and worthiness in this work of mothering. I don’t mean that you find it enjoyable all the time, or that it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you. I mean that in the middle of the really ugly parts when doubt rages and fear snarls and the tears spill out over the edges of everywhere, that you feel like what you’re doing matters, and that you are the right one to do it, here, now, for this baby.
FIVE. How To Love An Extrovert.
And also, How To Love An Introvert.
SIX. Obsessed with Renegade Mothering.
Favorite posts include:
+ Top 10 Most Irritating Parenting Expressions - Including "sleep training" and "tummy time"
+ I Used To Not Cry About Things Like This - Reactions to the Boston tragedy
+ Meg Ryan Ruins Marriages - An absolute gem