Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Brave, Smart, and Strong Princess

I am all for a good fairy tale - the fair princess, the knight in shining armor, the danger, rescue, and fabulous romantic ending. I loved the Disney classics as a kid, and then delved into the darker originals by The Brothers Grimm as a teenager. In college I took a class called "French Fairy Tales" and spent many afternoons on the lawn of the quad lost in the enchanted forests and castles of Perrault and d'Aulnoy.

However, when it came to raising our daughter I felt very strongly that she not be limited to the "helpless heroine" stereotype. I read a study once that said girls today very rarely hear that they are brave, smart or strong. Haley certainly went through a Disney princess phase (as most 3- and 4-year-olds do) but over the years we have encouraged her to be brave and strong and to stick up for herself. I often wondered if it was sinking in.

Then last night we watched "The Wizard of Oz" as a family for the first time. Haley followed the story carefully and was concerned for Dorothy when she was captured by the flying monkeys and locked up in the tower. But a moment later she turned to me and said, "Why doesn't she get up and find a way out of the witch's castle instead of just sitting there and crying?"

Hurray for our brave, smart, and strong little princess!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Peter Pan & Family

We had such a great time putting together our costumes for Halloween this year - at least Haley and I did. We came up with an idea in early September and it managed to all come together in time for the church "Trunk-Or-Treat" activity. Haley was a darling Tinkerbell; Jake made a fierce Captain Hook; I tried my best to look youthful as Wendy; Alex was the crocodile; and Rob was a very brave man in tights as Peter Pan. Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!

He can't help it if he's more darling than fierce.

Haley's costume was purchased, but we made her shoes; they turned out great!

Tic-toc, tic-toc, who's afraid of the big, bad croc?

We were too busy setting up for the Trunk or Treat to get good shots of our Wendy and Pan costumes - but that's probably for the better.

Jake decided to wear last year's dragon costume instead of Hook. They collected an insane amount of candy trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood.