Tonight the girls and I had an interesting conversation at supper. They were lamenting. Struggling a bit. Feeling the pressure to grow up, when they have hardly had the chance to be a kid.
Apparently, a couple of kids have said directly to them, that they think they are too old to play with barbies and dolls. They have also perceived this in general from a few others.
The thing that is crazy is that my two older girls are 7 and 9. Pushing 8 and 10. Yes, they can spend hours dressing, caring and making elaborate games with their dolls and barbies. They still play dress-up and polly pockets. But isn't that what childhood is about?
I think our girls are creative. They read feverishly. They spend hours outdoors and find interest in many things this computer generation passes by. Too be honest, in many things I pass by.
They teach me to slow down.
Enjoy the moment.
Look and listen.
I wonder what happens when a society tells our children "Grow up!"
When children as young as 10, 11 are reading "Twilight" instead of "Pippy Lockingstocking"
It leaves me sad that our society would want to rush them through this preciously short stage of life....to what?