I have two young girls but I’m SO not a pink person. I’ve steered clear from buying lots of pink. But there’s a conspiracy out there! The shops are full of pink for girls. Princesses, fairies, dollies, girly things. Clothes, toy and pictures; socks, sheets and undies; shoes, books and so much more. Yet, apparently there was a time about a century ago when pink was for boys (shock, horror?!). But I digress…..
I realised from the get-go that I can’t control what they get given. So what’s a pink-averse mum to do? Outright announce a ban on all pink? Drop hints as carefully as possible to prevent a pink delivery? At least, in the midst of my conundrum, I can be thankful when the gifts do arrive.
I was such a tomboy growing up. Whatever will I do if my girls want to be princess, fairy, frilly, lacy pink?! Of course, the answer is to let them be who they want to be. Cos it’s not about me. You just won’t find me ushering them down that “girly pink” pathway with any gusto!
Thankfully there is the option of deep pink amongst all the candy-floss pinks. This pink, I can tolerate.
P.S: Mummies who are like-minded might enjoy these articles:
- “Is it possible to avoid the Princess Phase?” by Shelley White
- “The ghettoisation of pink: how it has cornered the little girl’s market” by Peggy Orenstein author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter
- “The Princess Phase: Sweet or Sinister” by Jaime Morrison Curtis