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Quote of the Week 2

‘All the research shows that warm but firm parenting has the best outcome for kids, and often what parents are doing is the warm but not the firm.’ – Dr Emma Rush, ethicist

From a very interesting (and sadly all too true) article by Deborah Snow, ‘Stealing the Innocence of Children’.

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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Ten Thoughts Tuesday 4

TTTThe last Tuesday of January dawns and with it another Ten Thoughts Tuesday post.

Here are this week’s musings:

1. This week has been all about starting a diet.

2. I’ve come to realize that I need to reign in my portion sizes that have been getting out of control, and stop eating ‘pre-emptively’.

3. I can’t say I’m happy about it though.

4. Children’s exposure to media has also been occupying my thoughts this week – something bothers me about a 7-year-old singing some of those pop songs out there.

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Happily Ever After

There was a fascinating post on Disney Princes last week, so let’s take the fairytale analysis one step further…..what about the ‘happily ever after’?

Now, I admit, I have not watched The Little Mermaid II or Cinderella II or any of the Disney sequels (apart from the Shrek series, which is largely an exception to this post). Growing up, I saw the classics. Snow White. Cinderella. Beauty and the Beast. And I loved them. I collected the videos (those were the days!), I sang the songs.

But it was not the weakness (or not) of the Disney princess that affected me. Nor was it the two-dimensional character of (some of) the Disney princes. It was the ease of falling in love. And the notion that the prince and princess rode off into the sunset to live their lives ‘happily ever after’.

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Disney Princes

I’m not sure how much I agree with this (see the comments for some good points) but yet again it’s got me thinking about the messages my children will be / are exposed to…

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But seriously, y’all.

The traditional Disney Prince has about as much sparkle and panache as something completely lacking in sparkle and panache. He has  a creative name like “The Prince” “Prince Charming” “Prince Phillip” “Prince Eric” or “Prince Adam” (that’s the actual name of the Beast, apparently), and no personality. Ok, well, the Beast has a personality, but the only thing anyone else does is be obsessively fixated on some girl he met once in the woods.

Has anyone ever thought that maybe the reason that little boys (generally) don’t like playing princess games is because there’s nothing for them to DO? What prince is actually interesting enough that a little boy would want to dress up like him? What prince actually does anything that a little boy (or anyone for that matter) would want to do? Hey, Mom, today I’m going to roleplay as Prince Charming. I will stand…

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