DD is 3 on Friday and ExP's parents have bought her ANOTHER princess dress. (Marie Antoinette, Dress up by design, if you need to see it). ExP and the whole of his family seem obsessed with telling her she's a princess and dressing her in pink floaty stuff and shoes unsuitable for moving around in. I'm trying to bring her up as a person who can do things, not to expect people to fall at her feet and worship her because she's wearing pink, ffs! What would you do?
I know that it is good for DD to see two different ways of educating and DP and myself believe we are doing a good job explaining to her how things are but we are not sure how to handle this. It is good for children to dress up and roleplay -but always as a princess?
They always go when they see DD playing with the train set or building blocks on skype and there is always a comment about it such as do you play with this? Do you like to do that?
Just balance it out by having a variety of dress-up outfits. I have two DD's but our dress up box has pirate stuff, dino costume, knights as well as fairy/princess/wings stuff.
I must admit I am very lucky to have ILs that always buy DD1 whatever she is into whether it is trains, dinos, octonauts, cars etc - they realized early on she was not a girly princessesy type (though she does like a pretty dress on occasion).
Maybe if they keep buying them you could say to DD that she has to choose two or three favourites and the rest have to go to some other little girls that don't have any princess dresses (charity shop)?
Let her wear the pink stuff to the park :-) it won't last long before she chooses to wear trousers and tops again.
Some kids DO like dressing up. DS still does at 7, the other day he was a dog and his friend ( a girl) was a pirate, actually, thinking about it, the girls do tend to end up in pirate stuff when they come to play here.