Our dislike of branded things here at our place is not a new topic of conversation for this blog.
I haven't opened up this can of worms before though..
My children are beautiful, your children are beautiful.
Why then do people produce items of clothing such as this?
The sexualisation of children well before their natural time, the marketing 'genius' of mass production and big business, allowing our precious children to be exposed to situations and conversations that they can not possibly understand and societies idea of what is 'good looking'.
Where/when/why did it all go so pear shaped.
When did the average age for girls to stop playing with dolls go from 10-11 to 6!
My small girl came in to our bedroom the other day absolutely bursting with pride because she had dressed herself.
Orange and white stripy dress, purple long sleeved T-shirt, rainbow coloured tights, black 'outside working boots' and a woollen rainbow beanie.
I was so happy because she was so happy. I could see how proud she was of her effort - we previously were needing to help with the pulling of the top over the head bit or the tights.. but not today.
"It's because I'm four" replied my small girl when I asked her how she did it all by herself.
Then, right in the middle of my heart almost bursting with singsong happiness my small girl positioned her body in the "model on red carpet stopping for photo shoot" pose, stuck out her tiny bot' and asked "do I look sexy Mummy?"
The world stopped, I could hear in slow motion, my heart sped up to one bazillion beats a minute and my face fell.
She saw my face go from utter joy and elation to disbelief, fright and finally anger. It was as physical as it was emotional and I couldn't stop it.
I was not and am not angry with her, let me clarify that point right now.
How did she learn such a phrase? How did she learn the pose?
I asked the question and she simply said "the Telly".......
We don't let them watch commercial TV, they are only allowed a very finite amount of time watching ABC!!! and even that is on a rare occasion.
How far off "our" plan for raising our kids have we gone since we swapped roles and I went to work full time?
Take it back.
Erase those images and ideas from my daughters head. She is only four years old.
So when we are asked why we don't like clothes with sentences or why the TV will not be on in the presence of my kids - I feel quite justified in giving my answers - even more so now.
I haven't decided what to do to this yet - it was a gift for the small girl for her fourth birthday.
I do like the bird print though.
Head over to Kirsty's for more creative spaces this week - and you'll likely find blogs about creating beautiful things rather than an anti slogan rant!
Thank-You - this has been quite cathartic.