Parent, Teacher, Activist
I’ve written lately about some not so great products and messages, about how media aimed at children tends to do some heavy-duty gender stereotyping. Boys are shown as being aggressive and loud while girls are passive or shopaholic drama queens. As a parent, it can be so frustrating to try to promote your kids dreams only to be unable to find ways to help them identify themselves in healthy ways.
Today I want to share again with you one of my very favorite Positive Picks, Pigtail Pals, which has the motto: Redefine Girly. Pigtail Pals was conceived by Melissa Wardy, a mom who noticed that her daughter’s playthings were often focused on the media stereotypes of girls as passive and helpless. Melissa is passionate about helping her daughter and all girls see themselves as strong and capable. She says, “Pigtail Pals tries to get away from the ubiquitous pink and purple princess-diva-drama queen trend. It is our intention to show girls that they may be bold, adventurous and heroic just like the boys! A Pigtail Pal doesn’t wish upon a star and wait for her prince to show up. A Pigtail Pal gets into her rocket ship and finds that star all on her own!”
Pigtail Pals offers t-shirts with themes that are often impossible to find for little girls, depicting them as race car drivers, firefighters, doctors, and paleontologists. The design you see above is on the race car driver t-shirt from Pigtail Pals. I remember when my oldest daughter was younger and fell in love with dinosaurs. In vain we searched for a t-shirt that she could wear to express her passion. They just weren’t out there, unless she wanted a black one with bloody mouthed T-Rex on it. No thanks. Pigtail Pals offers a t-shirt that will fit the dreams of your little girls to be brave and adventurous! They also have all kinds of other products that promote the Redefine Girly idea. They have a whole new line of adorable colored t-shirts and dresses with all kinds of cute and positive messages, there are even pirates! And, Melissa announced that she’s coming out soon with a boys line. I guarantee you that you will love this positive, optimistic, strong view of girlhood. Melissa has become an online friend of mine over the past six months, and I love her passion for helping kids develop a bigger vision for themselves. Go ahead, check it out, you will not be disappointed!
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