10 reasons why my daughter is not a pink princess

10 reasons why my daughter is not a pink princess

Super Girl burst into our lives in a profusion of pink. When we drove our adopted children down to our home for the first time, we had in the back of the car, a pink scooter, pink bike, pink toy computer, pink tea set, pink clothes, all packed in a pink suitcase. Pink, pink, pink. But the obsession with pink and princesses is now over.

Our daughter, Super Girl, has over the course of this year, transformed, transfigured, trans-morphed. Pink is out, and it’s all about cars, trains, skateboards and monkey bars.

  1. Her favourite colour was pink, now it is blue. Everything I must buy for her must be blue. (Previously it’s been purple, red and yellow.)
  2. She loves cars. She and Wonder Boy have a game where they have to name the make and model of a car they pass by. She knows her Peugeots from her Fiats from her Mercedes, Minis, and Mazdas. Extra points if you spot a Hummer.
  3. When Frozen came out, she didn’t want to be Elsa or Ana, she loved Olaf. She stood her ground when other kids teased her about bringing her Olaf cuddly toy to school. Don’t call me a baby!
  4. She loves trains. For her birthday she wanted a train set. “Really, you want a train set? What about that Hello Kitty thing-um-y-whats-it you wanted or that My Little Pony-thingumby-bob?” Nope she was adamant. She wanted a train set. And that’s what she’s got. After our last trip to London, we found a old Hornby train set lurking at Granny’s house. It’s got a new lease of life in Paris, hours are now spent watching the train whizz around on its tracks.
  5. She was not happy when she was given pink Lego Friends. Super girl was super grumpy “I just want Lego, not pink Lego.” Why does Lego have to be for boy or girls? Lego is just Lego.
  6. ย She is wearing her big brother’s hand-me downs, his old jeans, t-shirts and hoodies fill her cupboard. The pretty, pink frilly stuff has been bagged up, and is waiting to find a new home.
  7. She can rides her skateboard like a pro. She isn’t quite as fast as Wonder Boy, but she’s giving him a good run for his money.
  8. She’s mastered the monkey bars in the playground, I’m envious of her upper body strength.
  9. She prefers to play with boys, “They are much more fun, Mummy.”
  10. She’s taken up African drumming, and a drum on this year’s Christmas list.

Super Girl has decided this on her own with no influence from me. She’s a tough cookie, she’s her own person who knows her own mind.

You don’t mess with Super Girl. Andย I’m kinda delighted and proud.


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  1. June 12, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Your daughter sounds ace… and very much like I was, and my own daughter was! As a child, I loved to dress up as Thor, and play with Tonka toys. My daughter, when bought a certain fashion doll by her grandparents, immediately cut her hair off, dressed her in her brother’s Action Man camo gear, and announced that Barbie was going to Greenham Common!

    By the way, are you aware of Rejected Princesses? It’s pretty darn awesome!
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    • Tooting Mama
      June 12, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      That’s pretty much what my daughter would do if she was bought a girly doll. I love that Barbie goes to Greenham Common! And I am going to check out Rejected Princesses – thank you!

  2. October 7, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Well done super girl (and mummy)! I am trying my best to avoid pink for our girls too. #BloggerClubUK

    • Tooting Mama
      October 8, 2016 / 6:25 am

      She is super. I think pink is just a phase that some girls just go through, so long as its there choice, but it’s good to open their eyes to the world outside of pink!

  3. October 7, 2016 / 1:50 am

    Love this! Part of me wants to own pink to normalize it and not make it such a big if deal but another part of me abhors the publication of our girls. My daughter at 6 months wears a lot of her brother’s hand me downs. Time will tell how she comes to view clothes or just about any pinkness. To that point, my son treats all colors equally even though red us his favorite. Great post. #bloggerclubUK

    • Tooting Mama
      October 7, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you. I think you just have to go with it, girls have that pink phase, some grow out of it, others, they just love the pink stuff. So long as it’s their decision, but the world seems to want to put girls in pretty pink boxes.

    • Tooting Mama
      October 6, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      She’s pretty darn brilliant, we do have big rows but hey she knows her own mind!

  4. Kerry Norris
    October 6, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    This is brilliant. Shows she’s forming her own personality and character. My daughter loves cars too x

    • Tooting Mama
      October 6, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      I love it that girls can love cars too! Excellent!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 6, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much, I hope so too. But if she turns back into a pink princess, that’s cool too so long it’s her choice!

  5. October 6, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I was so determined for my daughter not to be a pink princess. She will be three next weekend and must have pink everything for her birthday. It made me think why am I so bothered about pink ? It doesnt mean that she cannot be strong and smart and bold and funny. she is all of those things. Im still hoping its just a phase though! #brillblogposts

    • Tooting Mama
      October 6, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      It probably will change. About three was our full on pink phase! Just ‘Let it go!’.

  6. October 6, 2016 / 10:36 am

    My older sister and I were a bit like this. We loved our barbies but we also loved playing rough outside with the boys. I totally agree with supergirl – boys make brilliant, uncomplicated friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tooting Mama
      October 6, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you – it’s great you didn’t have to be pigeoned hold, you could love barbies and play rough. The best friends are the uncomplicated ones.

  7. October 6, 2016 / 4:38 am

    Well done super girl for having a strong mind and not following the crowd. I have 1 pink princess and 1 non-link princess, my girls are chalk and cheese over their likes and I love it. It will be interesting to see how this transforms as they get older X
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 6, 2016 / 5:43 am

      It’s great to have the variety, who knows they might swap, and it’s so great that at so young they know what they want.

  8. October 5, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I hope my daughter grows up to be like this. I don’t care what she likes as long as she picks!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 6, 2016 / 5:42 am

      That’s the key, let them choose what they like, I support their choices. Thanks for your comment.

    • Tooting Mama
      October 5, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Brilliant! I love it that girls want to play with trains and cars – so fantastic and why not!

  9. October 5, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    It’s so amazing that she know what she likes and goes for it. True super-girl! I am sure you are very proud of her.

    • Tooting Mama
      October 5, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      so proud of my Super Girl!

  10. October 5, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I love this! And I love even more that SHE has decided what she wants, not you as a parent. I have a little boy and sometimes lust after the cute girly clothes in the shops (as I was a very girly girl when I was younger) but I have to remind myself that even if I had a girl I could very well still be buying superhero outfits instead of princess outfits! #BloggerClubUK

    • Tooting Mama
      October 5, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      It’s been brilliant to watch her develop and see her tastes change as she has got older. Who knows she may revert back, but that will be her choice. And, hey there’s nothing wrong wanting to wear a dash of pink!

  11. October 5, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Well done super girl! She sounds like a super-cool girl ๐Ÿ˜‰ T used to love pink too when she was between 1-2 years old, but at the same time (just like your daughter) also loved trains, dinosaurs and cars ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 5, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      She sure is super cool! I know so many girls that go through the pink princess phase, it’s contagious! But brands do like to push the whole pink girlie stuff. Toys should just be toys. Brilliant that T enjoyed both!

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