Friday, May 30, 2014

Straight Hair

"Mama, I wish I had straight hair." 

I know that little girls become aware of their appearance at a young age but I did not expect Eloise to be thinking about this at three. In fact, I was a little stunned. I've never even given a thought to what Eloise thinks about her hair or how it looks, it's just part of her. My response was that her curly hair is special and it's just one of the things that makes her unique. Eloise's curly hair is so beautiful that we are repeatedly stopped everywhere we go so that people can compliment her. But maybe that's the problem. 

I've read articles about how society needs to move away from constantly praising little girls for their looks and focus instead on things like their interests and intelligence, but it's a hard habit to break. Little girls are pretty and they are often dressed in pretty things. It's also not an easy thing to engage with a girl you don't know well about what their favourite subject at school is. 

Furthering my conversation with Eloise I managed to get some answers as to why she has decided she's over the curly. "I just want to have straight hair like you and Ruby." Okay, so maybe it's not quite society's fault after all. 

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