Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sit Still, Look Pretty

Some of favorite and most meaningful conversations with Sophia happen... in the car. On the way to and from school- we talk about everything from her day, to more serious topics- like endangered species ( the birth of our local zoo's rhino spurred this conversation). Sometimes, we listen to music and just the other day, this song was playing:

It should have come to no surprise when she asked what "the lady singing" meant. " So, we talked about how it doesn't matter how pretty you are on the outside, that what really matters is what kind of person you are on the inside. We talked about how someone can be really pretty on the outside but be really mean and not a good friend. She then told me that princesses are SO pretty AND they're good friends. So, we talked about how princesses try to do their best, work hard and speak up for what's right. We talked about how you can do ALL of these things as a girl.

She loves to get "fancy" but I want to teach her the importance of being kind, too

Then, I tried to explain to her that some people think girls should just be quiet and only look pretty. I told her that there are some people who think girls shouldn't get to do what boys do and that they shouldn't speak up for what's right. I went on to say that some people only expect girls to look pretty but not do anything else. I told her it's more important to be LOUD and NOT just sit still when things are happening around us that we aren't comfortable with. This concept was a little harder for her to grasp but I could just see the wheels turning in her head.

I absolutely love and cherish these little conversations we have together! There are days that Will does the drop offs and pick ups and I have to be honest as nice as it sometimes is to have a quiet ride home, nothing beats these car ride conversations. Nothing.

So, when she turns into a pubescent teen, I'll just make her go for a long car ride with me! =)

Happy Thursday! I'll be back tomorrow sharing my FAVORITE moments of the week!