A few years ago my niece was Spider Man for Halloween. She also loves everything that would typically be labelled as a "boy" toy - including, but not limited to dinosaurs, superheroes, and dirtbikes. I've always thought it was so cool. In fact, I think it is cool everytime I see a little girl dressed as a Superhero that isn't wearing a miniskirt - like superpowers expand beyond sexism.
But I only have little boys. How do I teach them that superpowers shouldn't just belong to socially awkward men or sexy women?
Then Disney did it for me.
Disclaimer: I haven't actually seen the movie, so this is all hear-say from my two older boys...so you can take it with a grain of salt.
Last week Miles and Liam went to see Frozen with my dad and husband. They came back so excited about how much they loved the movie - begging to see it again as soon as possible. That's not unusual - they love movies.
But all day yesterday was spent with them playing Elsa and Anna - the two main female heroines in the movie. They weren't damsels in distress, or lovestruck. They were just pretending to be super powerful and kind sisters.
Today I am thankful that my sons have good female role models.
I'm no longer just talking about Elsa and Anna, or even Disney (who I don't actually endorse), but nearly all of the females in their lives seem super to them. Without a single other girl in our house, I sometimes worry about how they'll learn to love and treat women. But when I look at their surroundings I can't help but hope that they are taking all of this in. Soaking it up.
Because even I am inspired by the people they are so lucky to know.
The Year of Gratitude