We are trying really hard to make sure our girls grow up with a strong identity and self-esteem. We want them to know that they are enough just by being themselves. We don't want them to ever feel pigeon-holed by the expectations of society, and want them to know that they can be anything they want to be.
The other day, Zach and Staley had this conversation:
Staley: "I don't like that because it has boy colors."
Zach: "What are boy colors?"
Staley: "They are colors that I don't like."
Zach: "That's fine. You don't have to like them if you don't want to, but you can like any colors that you want, even if they are colors that boys like. I want to tell you something. Don't let anyone ever tell you that you can't do something because it's supposed to be a boy thing. You can do anything that any boy can do, and you can probably do it better."
Staley: "Yes! Because I'm better than everyone else!"
Self-esteem? Check. Humility? Now that's a work in progress.