So I got a Spiderman school bag for my 4 year-old daughter, she looks at it and smiles, ‘mum, I like it!’
I’m happy she does because the whole Barbie-thingy isn’t really working for me – the pinky brights get easily dirty and I find myself scrubbing bags every other day, so I conveniently opt for the black and red colours of Spiderman. I like its aesthetics better, its lovely silver webs embellishes the face of the bag, and the mysterious red mask jumps off the black backdrop. Nice!
So I was a tad bit disappointed when she returns from school the next day and starts crying for a ‘Cinderella bag’.
‘I thought you liked your new Spiderman bag,’ I queried, curious as to what must have transpired in between 24 hours.
‘No, I want a Cinderella one, like the one I had before.’
After a packet of cheese-ball and a cup of Ribena, she confesses that the boys in her class think it is silly for her to carry a bag like theirs.
‘They said I should get a Cinderella bag like Bukky and Chidera.’
Ok, I know peer pressure is a common thing, but for a 4 year-old?!!! Lol!
I try, really hard, not to live a life of stereotype. I do not want to be placed in a box, so I stubbornly refused for her father to replace the Spiderman bag.
It is only a bag, it should not define who she is….it should not matter!
Personally, the whole Barbie-girlie thingy gets on my nerves! You walk into a shop with two girls and the shop attendants start thrusting pinky-barbie stuff at you, when all you want is a pair of brown sneakers that are comfortable for the girls to run in.
My girls have lots of pinky stuff, but graves aren’t going to roll on my side of town if I decide to balance their wardrobe with more, well, sensible stuff.
It may be a little selfish on my part – you see, Spiderman school bags come in black, so I get to wash only twice a month. Spiderman bags are bigger, so her food flask sits well in it, and those extra-long class books have enough space…
The next school day, I told her it was cool to carry whatever bag she fancies, and if she wants a barney bag next time in purple; or a winnie ‘d’ pooh, it’ll be fine, BUT the Spiderman bag MUST serve its course.
Children should be allowed to be children.
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