Thursday, August 24th, 2006
Ideas Wanted: Anti-Princess Syndrome Slogans
Update: Is this article silly? See the comments section for follow-up thoughts.
Every day strangers tell my daughter she is cute. Pretty. Beautiful. Gorgeous. I understand babies being cute, but my daughter is 26-months-old. Maybe she’s cute in comparison to mom and dad. Maybe she really is a gem. But the compliments, nice as they are, have grown old.
She enjoys the attention drawn to her looks, hair and clothes, but she is receiving an empty form of praise. She’ll never be commended for her intelligence, creativity or kindness in a 10-second interaction with a stranger.
To understand where we’re coming from, know that her grandfather remarked a couple months ago, "She’s beautiful enough to be a model." Her mom replied, "I hope she’s smarter than that."
So I am thinking of having a toddler T-shirt printed for my daughter bearing an anti-princess message, something aimed squarely at everyone who exalts superficiality.
Oh, I know a T-shirt won’t change anything. Strangers won’t read a shirt before issuing praise. The shirt is for my own satisfaction. Aren’t all toddler shirts really for the parents? Kids don’t care what they wear as long as they don’t get hot or cold.
I’m asking for your help devising a good quip or snappy comeback to such praise. For example:
- Spare $1 for my college fund?
- Smarter than my looks
- Future Nobel laureate
- Junior Scientist
- My brain is pretty too
Anyone have other ideas?