I think that’s what Henry Ford said right? Or at the very least it seems to be the message from all the modern day Henry Fords running clothing or toy companies. You know the drill, you go into a shop and there is a wall of blue and green for boys and a wall of pink for girls.
The lady of the manor went to buy some slippers for Matilda today, all the girl ones were pink with hello kitty on. Yuck. Matilda however was most pleased with her dinosaur ones from the boys section, you should have seen her face as she showed them off to me when I got home from work. So proud of her new ‘shoes’, she even takes them off before going up the stairs as we do “no shoes daddy”.
Oh and she also wants pyjamas with nee nars on.
I love that she likes these things and isn’t obsessed with pink everything. The innocence still not to be dictated by what society expects boys and girls to do. However I do worry sometimes that my own aversion to all things pink and the desire to buy things that Henry can also wear will mean she ends up never being girlie.
Or is that just part of the downside of being the first born? Parents always wanting to create hand me downs? Am I supporting her choices or going to far and stopping her choosing pink if that’s what she really wants?
I do also feel the need to carry a sign saying “it was very cheap in the sale” when Matilda is walking around in her bright pink splash suit. But it was truly a bargain in the Muddy Puddles sale.
Henry will just have to suck it up when he’s big enough to wear it.
For some reason lots of people seem to think that Matilda is a boy when we’re out, so sometimes some pink clothing comes in useful. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s happiest getting dirty and rolling around on the ground. Delicate she is not and I love it.
So how do you balance this? Buying clothes for an older child without always thinking whether their younger sibling might be able to wear it? Do you just buy second hand to cut down costs and then have more freedom not to worry about hand me downs?