If you've gone shopping for a girl in elementary school lately, you've probably noticed it's slim pickings on the shelves. Between the shirts that treat our daughters like they're dumb and the outfits designed for teens but sold to 6-year-olds, there's a lot to be depressed about. But as we enter 2013, can we talk about the good news?
In addition to the idiots telling our girls they're too pretty for homework are small business owners -- many of them parents -- who are pushing out clothes meant to celebrate all the power there is in being a girl. They're people like Kevin Wagstaff, father of a 6-year-old, who created Keira's Kollection, a line of shirts sporting messages about confidence, bravery, and smarts. And there's a lot more where that came from.
Wagstaff says he was inspired by his daughter to create clothes parents can be proud to have their children wear. His words made me stop because as much as I want my daughter to wear something that makes her feel good about herself, I have to admit there's also a "me" component to it all.
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As the mother of a 7-year-old girl, I want to know that I'm doing my best to give her the best options. I don't want to just make do with what I found at the local big box store.
So I decided to take Wagstaff's words as a challenge. I have scoured the web for some gender-positive shirts any mom or dad would be proud to pull out of the closet for their daughter to wear to school.
I'd get them for my kid (and in some cases already have!). How about you?
Which of these shirts would you buy for your daughter?
Image via Keira's Kollection