parental sacrifice

that's what parenting is all about it, isn't it? sacrificing so our children can have more than we ever did. and yesterday i came up against a doozy. i make conscious decisions on what battles to pick and this time chose not to battle. that's right. collette is now a proud owner of a disney princess costume for halloween. she conspired with grandma and will now be snow white for halloween. i don't know why i can't stand the disney princesses so much, i grew up on them. actually i don't like hardly any so called "licensed character" stuff. and no, i still don't have an answer for it. but here we are, at a shining parenting moment that she probably will never remember anyway. ah well.

in other news have you seen that the queen of simple brilliance is at it again? i never knew how much i love lists until now. and that melissa has got me thinking about clothes sewing again. i'm thinking about elongating this built by wendy pattern into a simple smock that i can wear with tights all winter long. melissa did it, the chicken did it. surely i can too? maybe. i've got lots of sewing on deck and i tend to sew for myself last, so who knows.


Blogger Siew said...

I am completely with you on the whole Disney affair. My brother, bless his soul, tries to fill my 4 year old's life with princess this and that. Luckily she hasn't taken to it too much, protecting my gag reflex for all things princessy and Disney.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous amy h said...

My mom and I argue about this. Elise would loooove a Cinderella dress, but I can't do it. My mom thinks that is mean. I'm sure I will give in at some point. It's like princess crap is hardwired into her brain.

9:23 AM  
Blogger nic said...

that picture is too stinkin' cute! I agree...I hate costumes like that! But as long as she's happy...

11:30 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

you know i hear you!
e was given a tink costume at age 3. to which i promptly took my scissors to remove any likeness on it. i kept telling her the tinkerbell would never wear a picture of herself now would she? in the end it wasn't bad. and she was happy. i think we still have it somewhere...
oh - and i cut out that smock last yr. now perhaps i should sew it up! xo

12:14 PM  
Blogger erica said...

i don't have a problem with disney princesses (loved those movies when i was little), but the branded costumes are usually so darn ugly! if i had a little girl who wanted to be a princess, i would go it the old-fashioned way and make the costume instead of buying all that cheap satin, lame, and lace.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

They learn early to conspire with grandmom, don't they.

12:29 PM  
Blogger hannah said...

actually nic most of what i do doesn't make collette happy so that she doesn't turn into a princess.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Ani said...

at least she didn't go for the ariel costume. my kidlet tried to get me to buy that one but it has giant foam sea shell pads in the breast area. i said "no way, that is ridiculuous" and ended up buying the target tinkerbell costume (no giant tinkerbell breastplate).

1:45 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

yep......you have to choose your battles.
i just hate the whole battle thing. why can't they think like us??????? :)

5:10 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

once upon a time our babysitter warned us of the princess bomb and then one day it exploded at our house and it's been sleeping beauty and princess everything ever since. thank goodness there are ends to phases, right? at least, I hope this is a phase!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Sher said...

My daughter inherited all her brother's toys, had no frilly, girly clothes but around 2.5 her pink gene must have turned on and that's all she wants to know about know. I've given in. My friends will older girls tell me its a phase that passes (after a couple of years). I was a real girly girl so I don't know why I hate it all so much.

4:47 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

we too have a ban on disney princess costumes and it does sometimes make me feel like a bad mother - it must be ingrained somehow - i don't know - the battles continue... ;)

6:33 PM  
Blogger Chickpea said...

I just came here for the first time from all buttoned up and I can't believe how beautiful everything is!
Plus I had one of those Dysney moments today. At Costco I put my hands in one of those baby sweater with Minky lining...felt like whipped cream, but with 'The POO" on the front I just couldn't do it! never!

7:19 PM  
Blogger A Day That Is Dessert said...

I just ran across your blog via all buttoned up - beautiful photos! Good for you for choosing not to battle - so hard.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

This photo is absolutely beautiful.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Karma said...

Well...I know what you mean by "parental sacrifice". But i wonder if anything would qualify as a sacrifice if we do it because we want to? But if its something that I do not want to do, it becomes a sacrifice isn't it? I could be wrong of course. :)

1:26 AM  
Blogger Angelbaby said...

I absolutely enjoyed this article. What I find as a daycare provider is that many parents are not too willing to make "parental sacrifices". A vast majority of parents are not willing to push aside their own selfish needs for those of their children. I think that when children are young, whimsical fairy tales are not threatening. It's breaking away from this pixie fairy world at an appropriate age that is important.

8:06 PM  

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