I remember when my daughter was in Pre-K3 and I got her first report card. Her social development, language and work habits were all developing as they should. She could hold scissors properly and use the bathroom independently. I was so proud… until I read the teachers notes.
“M is a very active and social girl. She is bright and often strong-willed, however, this strong-will often prevents her from participating both academically and socially. We will continue to work with M to help her develop in these areas.”
Huh? This is how I interpreted it.
“M is a very active and social girl (Does she have ADHD?). She is bright and often strong-willed, (Stubborn) however, this strong-will often prevents her from participating both academically and socially (Doesn’t give a sh*t about what anyone tells her to do). We will continue to work with M to help her develop in these areas” (We will put her in time out until she behaves).
Of course like any mother, I freaked out. OMG, she’s immature and acting like a baby. Well, hello, she WAS a baby. It took a very understanding principal who sat me down and knocked some sense into me. “She may drive you crazy being strong-willed now, but it will be one of her greatest assets when she grows up.” Fast forward 11 years and by golly, the principal was right. M has blossomed into a mature, responsible and self-confident young teen. Why was I in such a hurry for her to grow up?
Little, A Little Longer
One of the reasons for creating this business came from that “Aha” moment that kids should remain little, just a little longer. When we designed our suits, we were very careful to keep them modest and age appropriate, but fun and current. Do any of you watch This Is Us? One of the greatest shows EVER! There was a very emotional pool scene where Kate, as a little girl, was excluded for not only being chubby, but wearing a childish bathing suit. It was a heartbreaking scene. There has been and always will be, too much emphasis on looks and unrealistic expectations. Why can’t we just let our kids be kids?