8.09.2011

How we talk...

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It's been a quiet morning around here and I realized that I've started dreaming again. I mean that in a literal sense; I've always had vivid dreams at night, but they simply disappeared several months ago. I'm not sure what happened, but I'm happy to see them again. Do you have dreams when you sleep? I digress. Last night I dreamt about Joanna Goddard's post from last week. Based on an article by Lisa Bloom, called How to Talk to Little Girls, I thought Joanna's post was interesting and thoughtful. The article (and post) made me hyper-conscious of how we talk to Kicky and EZ E. Did you read it?

*PS This image is something I made in grad school. I made a whole series of suffragette silhouettes cut from security envelopes.*

11 comments:

Wolfie and the Sneak said...

yes! i loved that article and it stuck with me ever since. especially now that i hear how other people talk to M and know how much more she has to offer than just being a cute kid, you know?

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claire said...

This cut-out is awesome!

sécia said...

I have very vivid dreams as well. I can even control them sometimes. Although, I too will suddenly not remember my dreams for months on end. I think it might be due to stress and you're escrow and renovations are probably the culprit.

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Anna said...

I read her post and have totally changed the way I talk to the little girls in my preschool class.

curlygirlpress said...

I have frequently vivid and odd dreams, usually involving buildings and lots of people I don't know. In color. I dreamed once I was flying (run, flap arms, zoom!!) and that was THE BEST! Intensity of the dreams varies by time of month, too. Enjoy 'em!

brianne said...

I dream notably less when I am stressed, so now that the stress of your closing is behind you I'm sure they'll come back more and more!

leFiligree said...

typically i would agree with the article. i have a daughter and then twin boys. she is very bright and we've always felt like our talk is centered around her imagination and things she does.

in public the boys have always gotten all the attention because they are twins, and they have bright blue eyes, yada yada yada. people are drawn to gushing over them. from about kindergarten onward it really bothered her that everyone thinks the boys are cute. as it is with twins, the singleton gets overlooked no matter what.

now she is entering jr. high and is starting to care about how she looks. so i make an effort to tell her i love her outfit, or her hair looks great. i know it's important to her. it just doesnt have to be the main focus.

definitely with someone else's kid i would steer clear of focusing on their looks.

mixette said...

I read that post and it has totally stuck with me too. Today a little girl came over and stood next to me while I was looking through the records at Goodwill. I asked her what kind of music she liked, which was probably more interesting for both of us than "I like your ponytail!"

Ann said...

i once had an acupuncturist tell me that the less you dream, the smoother your mental state. my dreams are always incredibly vivid and involved, and i wake up feeling like i've been running around, doing crazy things all night.

dreams are so interesting. i would love to be able to consistently lucid dream. i've had bouts of lucidity, and it is the most amazing experience.

Sarah Buttenwieser said...

I liked the post & article too. I mentioned it on my blog -- & it's a subject I've thought about a lot & find much more challenging now raising a pretty girl.

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