We are a Princess family. We play with Barbies. We have pink plates, cups and spoons. My husband is well-versed in pony tails v. pig tails (although he is not the preferred hairdo parent). After four years of complete and utter girl-dom with two daughters, we were blessed with a son.
Until recently, we had not yet entered the realm of superheroes. Unfortunately, the "Super Friends" show that my husband and I grew up watching on Saturday morning no longer exists. The animated superhero shows of old have been replaced with a darker and more violent variety which, in my opinion, are completely inappropriate for a 2 -1/2 year old.
Not too long ago I discovered a show on PBS called "Word Girl". It's educational, age appropriate and, most importantly for me, for thirty minutes it will hold the attention of children of both genders whose age differences span 4 years.
Yesterday while bowling, I had this exchange with my 6-1/2 year old daughter:
P: Hold this bowling ball so I can take your picture.
B: This ball is cumbersome.
P: WOW! You're so right. I'm assuming that came from Word Girl?
B: Of course. I learn a lot of great words from that show.
Do you know what else is cumbersome? Taking a 2-1/2 year old boy bowling.