Archive for December, 2006

More on Princesses

December 27, 2006

Kate’s Mom sent us a very good article from the NYT about the Princess trend. I expect to be dealing with a lot of the issues raised in the article over the next few years.

This paragraph from the article sums up my objections pretty handily:

“Playing princess is not the issue,” argues Lyn Mikel Brown, an author, with Sharon Lamb, of “Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketers’ Schemes.” “The issue is 25,000 Princess products,” says Brown, a professor of education and human development at Colby College. “When one thing is so dominant, then it’s no longer a choice: it’s a mandate, cannibalizing all other forms of play. There’s the illusion of more choices out there for girls, but if you look around, you’ll see their choices are steadily narrowing.”

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The Benefits of Boredeom

December 1, 2006

A recent ParentingIdeas.org article talks about the benefits of boredom:

Strange as it may sound, bordom [sic] promotes happier, creative kids who are better problem solvers. When children use their own creativity with unstructured play, they find ways to amuse themselves — even if it means simply daydreaming.

This has been our plan for Ruby all along.  It’s why she doesn’t watch any TV right now, and why we’ll keep her organized activities to a reasonable level when she’s older.  It also makes me feel better about the time she spends exploring the playroom alone while I’m in the next room writing blog entries.