I have to admit I am a bit of a science geek. I love science! Anything from nature to chemistry to engineering. And among all of the wisdom I hope to impart on our children, I really want my love of science to transfer to them as well. I especially want to encourage my daughter to do whatever she wants to do and not worry about the female stereotypes that I grew up with. Thankfully, at this young age, she’s still completely unaffected by them, equally happy to play with a toy kitchen as a tool bench, with cars or trains or Lego — all while wearing dress up heels, 5 bracelets, 4 rings, and a tiara.
A couple of weeks ago, my running mate, Ms Princess of Pavement shared with her Facebook audience a Kickstarter project that lets our Little Miss continue to have the best of both worlds: Princess Awesome. When you see the two words “princess” and “awesome” together, doesn’t that just kind of, sort of tweak your curiosity? It did mine. I quickly clicked on the link and saw these totally adorable girls dancing around in dresses with a Pi-print all over them. Yes, you read that right – a Pi (π) all over the dress. All I could think was “That is friggin’ awesome! I want my daughter to wear something like that!”
I called my daughter over to the computer monitor to show her some of the different prints on the dresses. Being a pink and purple fan, I knew exactly which one would catch her eye.
“What pretty flowers…and NINJAS!”, she said with wide eyes. (Yes, my four-year old daughter can spot a ninja anywhere, even if they are hidden in a maze of purple and pink flowers.)
I asked her if she wanted one of these dresses and without missing a beat she said yes.
Princess Awesome is now the very first Kickstarter project I have ever backed.
I’m so excited about this project. I am not only getting some pretty amazing dresses for my daughter but I am helping support a company that wants to end female stereotypes for little girls.
Their tag line on Kickstarter: “Girls shouldn’t have to decide between dresses and dinosaurs or ruffles and robots. We’re a different kind of girly.” It has resonated with thousands of parents of awesome princesses like ours, having generated over six times the backers and funding they originally set as their goal. And with pirates and dinosaurs, airplanes and atoms they offer so many ways for a girl’s wardrobe to project the fun and discovery of science and adventure.
This is exactly how I want to raise my daughter. If she wants to play with robots now and wants to be a princess five minutes later, go for it. Why should she have to choose? She can be who she wants to be; she can play with whatever she wants to play with.
And thanks to initiatives like Princess Awesome, neither one needs to be seen as more “girly” than the other.
If you think Princess Awesome is just as amazing as I do, you should head over to their website and pre-order a dress for a special little girl in your life.