Supreme Court Justice Goes on 'Sesame Street' & Kills Our Daughters' Dreams (VIDEO)

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Sonia Sotomayor Sesame StreetOn a good day, I'm a fan of just about everything Sesame Street does. But I'm a little confused at all the people crowing about Sonia Sotomayor appearing on the kids' show this week to talk about careers. The Supreme Court justice let flighty fairy Abby Cadabby know that princess is not a career.

Got that y'all? There's no going to college to get your bachelor's in royalty and getting paid to wear a tiara and wave all day. And it's about bloody time your 5-year-old get her head out of the darn clouds and face the harsh reality. Unemployment! FICA! Health care! These are the things kids need to know about!

Oh ... wait.

I get what Sesame Street was trying to do. They were trying to inject a little life lesson into their programming. That's what Big Bird and his crew do (hear that Mr. Romney?).

But there are life lessons kids need to hear. And then there's pissing in a kid's Corn Flakes just because you can. What ever happened to letting kids indulge in flights of fancy? In letting kids be ... kids?

Yes, some children in America are planning to be princesses when they grow up, and we have some serious anti-princess sentiment going around at the moment.

But if they're really so concerned about impossible dreams, the folks at Sesame Street should be aware that there are thousands of little ones out there who believe themselves to be on a path to being a superhero when they grow up too. And I don't mean a cop or a fireman. I mean giving Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. a run for their money. Shiny cape, big boots, the whole nine.

At least, that's their plan for the moment. Tomorrow it will likely change. My daughter is 7 years old, and in the past several years, her intended career path has changed several times over. At one point she wanted to be a "classroom teacher" (a term she picked up from Blue's Clues). Now she wants to be a model. Her 8-year-old buddy is convinced that he will be a rock star; he even told me that Aunt Jeanne will get front row tickets to every show. Any day now she'll be making plans for a career on the stage. Or as a LEGO builder. Or ...

The beauty of her ever-changing mind is that she's got plenty of time to change it yet again and again and again. Who knows what the future holds for her? I commented to someone just a week ago that I never told my high school guidance counselor I wanted to be a professional blogger when I grew up. The job didn't even exist!

Such it is for our kids. They will grow out of the princess and superhero stage and then, who knows? Who knows what amazing careers await them?

We live in a world where kids have enough of their dreams dashed all too early. One day they will have to face up to issues like unemployment and health care, and the fantasies will all be gone. But not yet ... 

Is it really so bad that some little ones go to sleep at night dreaming of life in a castle?

Check out the Sesame Street video with Justice Sotomayor (below). Do you think kids really need this lesson?


Image via Sesame Street/YouTube

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kelti... kelticmom

Oh get off your high horse. I don't see anything wrong with a little girl wanting to dress like a princess and have tea parties etc, but we as moms do need to make sure they understand that it's just pretend, and that there are all kinds of wonderful dreams tthat they can actually achieve, whether that be being a stay at home mom, a doctor, a teacher, a laywer, an engineer, etc. She was trying to inspire little girls, not kill their souls.

purpl... purpleflower514

They were pandering to all of those parents who think that their daughters wanting to be a princess is the worse thing in the world.

And it is possible to make a career of being a princess, just look at Kate middleton.

tnyangel tnyangel

Maybe I'm too practical, but I think just showing our girls they could BE a Supreme is pretty awesome. 

kelti... kelticmom

Kate Middleton did not "make a career out of being a princess".  She was a priviledged girl who was lucky enough to go to an exclusive school, where she was lucky enough to fall in love with the Crown Prince. She got her degree in Art History. She held an actual job with a department store in London as an accessories buyer while she was dating Wills. It's not like she set out to nab a prince at all costs. I'm sorry, but being fortunate enough to fall in love with and marry a wealthy, powerful man is not something I want my child to aspire to. If it happens, great, but learn to be self-sufficient first.

dirti... dirtiekittie

meh, doesn't matter to me. my four year old just turned to me and said "but i'm still YOUR princess, right mommy?" yes sweetheart, you absolutely are.



Really?This is your bone to pick?Not too long ago there had been dialogue about females not being encouraged to go into "the sciences" and other professional careers,now you are bitching about a Supreme Court Justice telling girls to aim higher?Even Duchess Catherine has a degree,didn't do much with it,but she has one.

Poiso... PoisonousHoney

I dare her to say that to the Queen! lol

There is nothing wrong with a little girl wanting to be a Princess. Now, if she was like 16 then yeah, dash her dreams. That being said, I don't think they were trying to dash little kids dreams! They were trying to encoure little girls to want to be MORE which I get. But it could have been gone about in a different way. Not a big deal imo though.

peanu... peanutsmommy1

Has anyone seen the video of the 16 year old crying because she wasn't allowed in the Magic Kindom dressed like Tinkerbell?

enough said

nonmember avatar kay

I remember when my daughter was three and she wanted to grow up to be a mermaid. It was all fun & cutesy until after we booked a family trip to the beach. I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, she thought that some people CAN live underwater and she just might be committed enough to test out the theory. I sat her down and dashed all her hopes and dreams letting her know that there was no such thing as people living under water. Never was, never will be. Ahhh.. being a mother!

Nicol... NicoleMarie1211

Hahaha, it was kind of a downer. 

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