I know that is you are raising a strong, confident girl with a good sense of self and empathy that no amount of sparkle glitter eyeshadow can detract from that, but I also feel like putting so much emphasis on a child’s outward appearance tends to put the focus on something that is pretty meaningless in the great scheme of things. When we grow up, as long as we are bathed, brush our teeth, and wear clean clothing that is pretty much all we should be required to do as humans. There are many women and mothers in the world who never wear makeup, and that doesn’t make them any less valid than the moms who do. I feel the same way about moms who get their three-year-old son’s hair highlighted, but since so much of these products are aimed towards little girls that is my focus here. I have yet to see a GI Joe Little Boys Makeup Set.
I know little girls like sparkly, shiny, typically “feminine” things. Even though my daughter’s ears aren’t pierced yet, I buy her J. Crew jewelry quite frequently and ribbons and baubles for her hair. Things that can easily be removed, things that don’t alter the physical characteristics of her face, even if it’s just the temporary affects of a lipstick. She will have her entire life to wear makeup if she wants to, so until then I ended up with some Hello Kitty strawberry-scented bubble bath, and left the princess themed makeup kit on the shelf.
(photo: Toys R Us)