O: I am going to scrub and scrub my skin until it is so beautiful, like a princess.
O: Because princesses have beautiful skin, because they are not real, not like the dinosaurs, who are real and have scaly skin with feathers and bumps.
I am not raising princesses. I am not raising tom boys. I am not raising girls. I am raising two people, who happen to be female.
Don't call them bossy. They are assertive and have excellent leadership qualities. Don't call them dramatic. They have big feelings and are learning how to express them. Don't help them on the playground or in the store. What may look like laziness on my part is a studied choice. I am hanging back, purposely, working very hard to show them how to help themselves.
Don't make assumptions about who they will play with, how they will play, or what they will play with. They don't. They just play. Don't compliment them on their pretty dresses or tell them that they are cute. Trust me, they hear that often enough.
Ask them what their favorite books are, or how flowers grow, or to tell you a story. Ask them what they are thinking about. They will tell you, or rather, O will tell you on P's behalf.
I am raising two people, who happen to be female. They are fierce. They will have to be.