Princesses, pink and girls

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Have you noticed how some little girls want to wear princess outfits all the time? Parents wonder if this is normal and if they should do anything about it. I have some thoughts on this. Back in the day, when my kids were young, they used to dress up. Sometimes they would pretend to be a princess, but they didn't have this stereotypical idea of what a princess should look like. Nowadays, little girls see princesses and pink everywhere, so they think they should dress up this way. I think there is something about dressing up that is wonderful. It uses the imagination. Children love it, but I think parents need to also pay attention to how they might push that agenda on their children sometimes. When your daughter dresses up in her princess outfit, make sure and not go gaga over it all the time. Let it be. Let them pretend. Maybe they will do it for a whole year, they want to be a princess. Don't let that be the focus of all of your attention. It may just be a phase, but how you respond to it might make it last longer or shorter. Also, see if their are other models of children of books and videos of little girls who dress other ways. It is not a bad thing, but our consumerism sometimes pushes an image on a child more than what they would come up with if they were doing it on their own.

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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