From pink haired dolls to monster trucks……why little girls should play with ALL toys.
I was compensated for attending this event sponsored by Nick Jr. and Mom.me. The thoughts and opinions below are my own.
I am just about the girliest girl I know. I love pink, clothes, makeup, and hate sports. I'd prefer to glisten than sweat, and could spend all day shopping with my girlfriends. As a kid, I was afraid of the ball and PE was essentially a nightmare. One of my biggest concerns as a parent, was that I wanted my daughter to be her OWN person…..not a mini-me. How does one girly mom raise a daughter to be who SHE wants to be?
This weekend, I realized I may be doing a better job at this than I thought (for once).Last weekend, Lydia and I had the pleasure of attending The Ultimate Mega Play Date with Nickelodeon here in Los Angeles. Nick Jr.'s Ultimate Play Date invited families to experience two sets of characters: Blaze and the Monster Machines and Shimmer and Shine. Blaze and the Monster Machines follows the adventures of Blaze (an monster truck) and his driver, AJ. It shows how the characters use scientific inquiry and problem solving skills to make technology work. And Shimmer and Shine? An adorable show that follows the adventures of twin genies…..it showcases teamwork and features a social-emotional curriculum.
So, as a kid myself? I would have gravitated towards the pink and blue haired Shimmer and Shine dolls. No question. But what did my, very much her own person, daughter love at our event? Aside from the amazing crafts, snacks and story time…..she was OBSESSED with the Blaze and the Monster Machines racetrack. In fact, we even brought one home with us (thank you Nickelodeon)! As a mom who wants my daughter to do her own thing and chase her own dreams……watching her bounce between pink haired genies and monster trucks made my day. That's right little girl, both of these toys (and shows) are for you! From the social-emotional lessons of Shimmer and Shine to the gross motor skills developed with Lydia's new Blaze and the Monster Machines racetrack…….I'm proud to say that this girly girl mom is working on raising a well rounded child (one day at a time).