How to talk to your child about death

I may be making a big assumption here, but I would say that most people’s first memory involves something pleasant—being held by someone who loves them, riding a fun ride at an amusement park, meeting a new sibling, getting a puppy, receiving toys for Christmas, riding a bike, etc. My first memory involves nothing of… Continue reading How to talk to your child about death

Why can’t boys wear dresses?

The other night, as I was tucking her in bed (our usual night time ritual), I had a conversation with my daughter. Somehow, we got on the subject of clothes. "I love wearing dresses," she said proudly. Full disclosure--Lily is very girly. She adores dresses the same way that I adored wearing shorts when I was… Continue reading Why can’t boys wear dresses?

Who says fairies can’t be boys?

This is not the first and certainly not the last conversation I've had with my six-year-old about gender. And for what it's worth, I can't remember exactly everything that was said between us, so this is my rough translation of the conversation. Yesterday, while in the car, Lily said to me, "I love the Fairy books."… Continue reading Who says fairies can’t be boys?

A girl can dream, right?

Yesterday, while driving to the library for storytime (one of our usual weekend activities), Lily declared from the backseat, "I'm going to be a singer when I grow up!" "Oh, really?" I responded. "Yeah." "I thought you wanted to be a teacher," I said. She's told me about her grown up dreams of wanting to… Continue reading A girl can dream, right?