Four years ago when I found out I was having a girl, I started fantasizing about watching princess movies with her and playing dress up. Before Lily was even born, I started stocking up on garage sale princess dresses for her future costume trunk. I couldn’t resist $1 Cinderella dresses when I knew I had a girl coming!
My friends assured me that when Lily turned 2, her princess/dress-up stage would start. Not so much. She is a tomboy who loves Diego and puzzles and climbing and running and maps. Whenever I suggested trying on one of the beautiful costumes I bought for her, she’d very firmly say no and sometimes even tantrum. She wanted nothing to do with it! I was disappointed. My whole life, I’d longed for my own dress-up trunk, but I never had one. Wouldn’t it figure that I gave her the one thing I always wanted, but she hated it!
Every few months, I’d bring the costumes back out and suggest we play dress-up. She always said no.
Well imagine my surprise at our parent-teacher conference in December when I learned that Lily constantly plays dress-up at school. It’s amazing what a little peer pressure will do! When I got her home that day, I tried to get her to play dress up, and she still didn’t want to!
Then yesterday, a miracle occurred. I pulled out the costumes and suddenly she couldn’t get enough of them. What changed? Who knows! But I’m happy that I finally get to play dress-up with my pink princesses!
As you can see, I’ve already started shoving costumes on Rose. After all, I wouldn’t want my girls to escape any gender stereotypes. They truly aren’t forced into any of this and I love Lily’s independent tomboy choices in play, but I really am excited that we finally get to play dress-up at our house because it’s more fun for me than holding a Toy Story doll, among other things.
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