I’ve been thinking a lot about the messages we’re sending our children. Us as parents, of course, but also society as a whole.
Even at 2, I know my daughter is encountering societal messages every single day. Messages about what’s expected of her because she’s a girl, what’s okay for her to do because of her gender and what isn’t, what clothes she should and shouldn’t be wearing, what types of toys should and shouldn’t be playing with.
So when I came across a funny, sarcastic graphic about how to figure out what toys are for boys and which are for girls, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to reflect about gender roles, expectations, and how we handle both in our household.I started out in Photoshop, as I so often do for this project. I created 6×8 canvas, and then pasted the image at the top. At the bottom, I typed my journaling, where I reflected at length about what Kaylee likes to play with (tools, cars, trains) and what she doesn’t (princess dresses, dolls, stuffed animals). I talked about her favourite color (blue) and her favourite activity (splashing in mud puddles). I talked about her request to cut her hair short, and her indifference toward having her nails painted. It was such a great opportunity for me to reflect on who she is, and how we’re supporting her in finding her identity, even at such a young age.
Then, I printed the final design out on cardstock and decided to embellish it a little more. I added a die-cut tree and small borders on either side of the page. And lastly, I went around the circles with Frosted Lace Stickles, and added some of those same Stickles to the ornaments in the die cut tree.
I wanted to keep the right side of my page fairly simple. I had a 3×8 page protector set up as part of my foundation pages, so that’s what I chose to use. I printed a cute photo of Kaylee on her last trip to Walmart with her dad, where she was enamoured with a tin of Minions-themed toys. The specific toy wasn’t as important here, so I added that gift sticker over the top. I also added a chipboard “7” and stamped the word “day” using Ali Edwards’ December Daily class stamp set, then trimmed it out and glued it on top of the chipboard piece.
Simple, thoughtful, meaningful, and most importantly: done!
Onward to day 8!