Pirates and Princesses

Wondering around toy stores nowadays, especially when looking at the 0-3 years age bracket, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there are two types of people in this world: pirates and princesses.

There’s a lot written about ‘princess culture’. But something that strikes me is….why the emphasis on pirates?

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Nerdy boy WLTM attractive girl bully?

Recently, I saw the film Mr Peabody and Sherman.

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Now, this is by no means a bad film. It’s quite entertaining for adults, and a great way of sparking an interest in history for children.

But….but…there is the obligatory awful plot line.

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Sleep regression – nature’s birth control

For the past few months we have been seriously thinking about having a third child. No decisions made yet, and there are some rational reasons not to have number three, but despite those reasons I have been thinking fondly about being pregnant again and having another baby, probably my last baby.

Then, the 2 year sleep regression hit.

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Why Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Creeps Me Out (it’s not what you think)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a beloved film from 1968. It’s been made into a musical. It’s lauded as family-friendly fun.

Over the years some people have raised concerns about it’s darker themes. Most often, this has centered around the Child Catcher – the admittedly very creepy villain who, as his name suggests, captures and imprisons children.

But that is not what creeps me out about this film.

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No, my 2 year old does not have a boyfriend

Adding to the list of ‘stupid things adults have said to my kids recently’ is the line of questioning a dear friend subjected my daughter to.

‘ BabyGirl, do you have a boyfriend?’

‘BabyGirl, do you want a boyfriend?’

‘BabyGirl, are there any nice boys in your playgroup?’

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