Book Review - Cinderella Ate My Daugther
As most of you know, I have Boy/Girl twins. There are downsides to having twins (such as everyone telling you that "your hands sure are full!") and the sleep deprivation as you attempt to sleep train two babies at once. There are also HUGE upsides. One of the things I like the most about having boy/girl twins in particular is how having each other means that neither one would get sucked too deeply into the girl land vs. boy land represented in every toy story in America. This has held true to some extent.
Both of my kids enjoy tinkering, both went through a huge fairy interest phase, and of course there were the two straight years they played trains. True, my daughter has always enjoyed some "girlie" things. She has worn dresses and skirts exclusively since she started picking out her own clothes around two. She loves pink, polka dots, and anything purple. She likes fairies and ballerinas and princesses. In general, though her play has been pretty well rounded. Then when she was about 3 1/2 all things princess started to take over her parts of the house. This is when a friend of mine recommended the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter.
The title made me laugh because that was exactly how my life was starting to feel. Written by a fellow non-girlie mom and parent of a daughter, Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a fascinating look at the all world of all things pink.
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Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
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An all things pretty, pink, and princess related epidemic seems to have struck young girls everywhere. Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a fascinated look at why this change happened, the powerful marketing behind pink commercialization, and the possible long lasting affects of this new girlie-girl culture. A parent of a daughter herself, Orenstein (author of Waiting for Daisy) took is upon herself to conduct a range of interviews from beauty pagents to Disneyland to find answers and hopefully some tools for parents to use to counterbalance the media influences in their daughters' lives. Are girls truly born loving pink? Why are four year old girls magically attracted to Disney Princesses and Miley Cyrus like a magnet? How do these role models affect a child's self esteem, priorities, and future relationships? An indepth look at the girlie culture from toddlerhood to teenagerdom for parents of girls everywhere. The marketing, science, culture, and history that are wrapped up into this seemingly innocent stage is alarming and impressively executed. At times funny, at times horrifying, and thoroughly interesting from start to finish Cinderella Ate My Daughter is worth the read.
Want More? Here are some other parent books I recommend:
Be Bilingual : on parenting in multilingual families
Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler : ideas, activities, and perspectives on toddler parenting
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