Talking about my daughter’s obsession with Hello Kitty was a digression from the topic about Minnesota winter in the article “Is it a fluke?” To make it easier for the readers to find what they want to read, I decided to pull out the content related to my daughter’s obsession and write a separate article about it. I also post some pictures, just for kicks.
Talking about Hello Kitty, my daughter has a complete wardrobe of Hello Kitty clothes, jackets, socks, pants, shorts, tops, dresses, underwear, skirts, belt, leggings, umbrella, slippers, swimsuit, sunglasses, lip balms, hair brush, mirror, head band, pony tail, bandage, tattoos, backpack, handbag, lunchboxes, water bottles, glues, pencil sharpener, crayons, pens, marker, stickers, stamps, plates, bowls, spoons, folks, cups, alarm clock, toothbrushes, toothpaste, DVDs, books, Christmas stocking, piggybank, toy cell phone, candy, plush toys, dresser toy with music, puzzles, ring toss rings with base of Hello Kitty, and etc. You name it. We have it. As you can see, I might have given in too quickly to her.
Here are the pictures I took from a few of her Hello Kitty collections.
We usually shop for Hello Kitty clothes and accessories at Macy's and Target. My daughter was ecstatic to find a Sanrio store at Mall of America. We don't go to Mall of America much, so I don't see my wallet bleeding yet. I don't like Mall of America and we don't go there unless out of option, because it is a place gathered by people from all walks of life, and a magnet to teenage gangs. In addition, it is a little farther from our house compared to the mall we visit, which is frequent by people from better neighborhoods.
Ok, back to my daughter. We believe that she creates her own personality. My taste lost its influence on her when she turned into a toddler. I don’t know why she has such a strong preference for pink, Hello Kitty and princess. I do hope that she will not ask me for Barbie dolls. I don’t like the message that Barbie dolls send. I don’t think that it is appropriate for girls to wear make ups when they are only little girls. I see mothers in American pamper their daughters with jewelry and make ups when the kids are still in elementary school. One time, I saw a little girl about 5 years, wearing lipstick, eyeshades and high heeled, but still sucking her thumb. Isn’t that an odd scene?
I don’t wear any make up nor any jewelry, except my wedding ring and a jade Buddha necklace as a protection. I do hope that my daughter is not growing at a much faster speed than I would expect, and that I do not have to deal with it as she grows up. Hopefully, she won’t ask to pierce her ears since I did not. I am so old fashioned.
There really isn’t much I can control. Our kids have already developed their unique personalities. In America, kids are educated to be independent, to have their own will, to be creative, to have choices and to understand the consequences. My mother-in-law thinks that we give our kids too much freedom. I don’t believe that we do. When they were about 2 years old, we started giving them two choices each time, following the advice of child developmental specialists; however, they were smart enough to know that those were not the only choices. What can we do? I think that we will just have to continue to nurture their independence, free will and creativity.