I was standing in a department store checkout queue recently, when my daughter, aged 7, started hounding me to buy whatever it was they put in the checkout queue to seduce kids into pester power territory.
“No” I say, simply.
She asks for the next “thing”.
“No” I repeat. “We’re not buying anything from these stands today.”
The woman in front of me who had been listening to our conversation, turns around and asks with a resigned smile;
“How do you do that?”… Read the rest
Recently, a (male) friend sent me a petition on Facebook for the change.org “Female Mini-figure Set” project. It called for the general public to support a female mini-figure set to be added to the Lego range with characters such as an astronomer and paleontologist.
When you hit your local department store and consider the enormous variety of Lego products directly catering to boys with recognisable themes that go beyond the Lego range itself – Star Wars, Monster Fighters, Ninjagu and the Lone Ranger, you have to wonder where the kick-arse superheroes are for our girls.
Gender-neutral Lego sets are still on offer and my daughters would no doubt enjoy the Star Wars collection (Princess Leia is represented after all), but the range is clearly marketed to boys with a distinct dearth of plasticised oestrogen.
It has always bugged me, this apparent gender stereotyping in Lego and… Read the rest
It broke my heart to read about the 5-year old kinder boy who was killed crossing the road in Kingsgrove last week.
It broke my heart for his parents, for the people who loved him, but also for the woman who was driving the car who hit him.
You see, this was almost me a year ago.… Read the rest
As soon as Scout was born in January of 2006, the midwives put her to my breast and everything seemed beautiful.
The labour and delivery had been relatively easy and I fell in love with her instantly, something I hadn’t been expecting.
My next order of business was to throw up in a kidney bowl and pass out from exhaustion. But I was happy. Deliriously happy.… Read the rest