“We went to a local festival where there was face painting. When we approached the tent, my 4yr old daughter was offered a butterfly, heart, or a flower. She let them know that she was there for a shark.” -PPBB Community Member Bess Bedell
When we limit our children, we limit our children.
Why not offer them the entire world, and allow them to choose their own way through it?
Did the face painter really give the child choices by only offering options based on gender assumptions? What messages do those assumptions tell girls? Would the face painter have offered the same choices to a boy? Would sparkles have been offered to a boy? Is a little girl required to like sparkles?
Could we just get out of their way and let kids be kids?