Updated: Dec 11, 2019
“But Mom, it’s perfect,” said my daughter, in the sweetest, most genuine four-year-old voice imaginable. And she’s right. The 18-pack of glitter is an absolutely perfect Christmas gift from her to her six-year-old sister.
Nothing personal, glitter, but I despise you. You’re everywhere. For months.
Pioneers not Princesses is a strong stance, and one that I’ll forever stand by. But we don’t live in a world of absolutes. I want my kids to be interesting people. I want them to be confident and adventurous, and know that they can do anything they set their minds to. I want them to grow up to be creative problem solvers, and strong, independent, resourceful, awesome adults.
Do I think this means saying no to glitter, dresses, and all things girly? Absolutely not. It means we live in a world of balance. And that even though their nails are painted and their shoes are sparkly, they are a force to be reckoned with. We’re raising them to know they’re not damsels in distress, waiting for prince charming. They have the skills and confidence to think for themselves, to research solutions, implement action, and to speak their minds.
Here at Pioneers not Princesses, we believe in
More joy and less mundane (even if that joy involves glitter).
More adventure and less indecision
More movement and less screen time
More experiences and less things
More conversation and less social media
More creating and less buying
More awesomeness and less ordinary
More helpers and less bystanders
More interesting reads and less mindless surfing
More genuine friendship and less small talk
More hugs and less dirty looks
More grace and less grumping
More family time and less busyness
More doing and less sitting
More rest and less burnout
More abundance and less limiting mindsets
More intention and less aimlessly wandering
And above all else, kindness. There is always room for more kindness.
Reflecting on this in the Target aisle, how on earth could I say no to the glitter bomb that was about to land in our house on Christmas day? It’s the kindest, most thoughtful gift a preschooler can imagine. I just wish I would have thought of it first.
Glitter on, girls!