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Why my 3 year olds have not seen ‘Frozen’

A year after the worldwide smash ‘Frozen’ hit cinemas, I have finally got round to previewing it for my just-turned-3 year olds. After all, it seems that everyone has seen it, and so many of the our playdate friends are avid fans. However, much as I liked it, and as much as I am thrilled that it has done so well, BabyGirl and BabyBoy won’t be watching it anytime soon.

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Throw them in the trash

My ‘guilty pleasure’ is reading glossy tabloid weeklies. Pages that I can just leaf through without engaging brain. ‘News’ which is so trivial, it is entertainment.

I’ve always said, however, that when BabyGirl and BabyBoy get old enough to notice these magazines, they will no longer be in the house. For I do not want them growing up thinking the real world is only about Hollywood celebrities, fashion and beauty aids.

But I may be throwing them out sooner, for my own sanity.

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‘It’s not real, honey’

I am currently reading the book ‘Cinderella Ate My Daughter’. I haven’t finished it yet but I’m already getting stressed….and BabyGirl is only 18 months old!

But here’s one way that I’m thinking I might deal with the relentless onslaught of skewed messages that seem to be heading BabyGirl’s (and BabyBoy’s) way.

‘It’s not real, honey.’

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Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

Now I can hear ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ in my head. But I digress.

I never knew the awesomeness of my younger body, until pregnancy and aging caught up with me.

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday 10

TTTThe random-ness of the Ten Thoughts Tuesday challenge continues!

Here are this week’s musings:

1. This week, I’m thinking about body image.

2. Not so much to do with me, but how it affects young girls.

3. Barbie is under fire yet again for promoting an unrealistic body image.

4. Which may be true, but I’m of the mind that how your mother deals with her body image is likely to have a more profound impact on a child’s body image than a doll.

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday 9

TTTAnother Tuesday and another Ten Thoughts Tuesday post.

Here are this week’s musings:

1. This week, airbrushing has caught my attention.

2. I do think it is getting out of control – we can no longer look at a photograph and think we’re looking at something real.

3. Which is bad enough for adults, but how can you convincingly explain to a child that some photos are just ‘pretend’?

4. For an illustration of just how far airbrushing / photoshop has gone, check out this link (please be aware of some strong language in the notes below the pictures).

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Boys, Body Image and Sexualization

Recently, the subject of raising boys has come to the forefront of my mind. After all, now I have BabyBoy to bring up.

However, with no brothers and relatively few younger male cousins, I am painfully aware that my experience of raising boys has been limited.

So now I’m learning…and the interesting extracts below from Shaping Youth indicate that while objectification of women has been around for what seems like forever, it is now causing more of an issue for men too.

Increasingly, boys’ body image has gotten hammered by PhotoShop assists, iconic “Taylor Lautner abs” and muscular physiques resembling The Incredible Hulk more than healthy fitness, so it’s no surprise that teen boys are joining girls in socioemotional sidewinders impacting their health at ever-earlier ages in adolescence…

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