Saturday, 26 September 2015

On dinosaurs

She's enamored with dinosaurs at the moment; by their size, their odd shapes and their ferociousness. We talk about concepts like "extinction" and "millions of years ago" and she nods eagerly, not quite sure, but left with a lingering sense of awe.

She pours over books and spends ages deep in her dinosaur activity book full of stickers and fact files on the T-Rex and Pterodactyls and Brontosauruses. She clutches her pens in concentration as she draws them, filling page after page of spiky monsters with long necks and teeth.

And sadly, below that, there's also the awareness that girls aren't supposed to like dinosaurs. It's there in little hints and snippets of conversations she lets me in on. Like the world has somehow decreed it's either Elsa and Ana OR dinosaurs; that there is not room for both.


  1. My daughter recently showed me an Incredible Hulk princess cake online that a little girl had requested for her birthday. It was a hoot.

  2. When my daughter was small, her princess-themed birthday was followed by the year of the dinosaur, complete with a volcano cake. It looks like you're doing a good job showing your girl that she can have both.



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