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We will be honest: We aren't experts with a hack for every curve ball our kids throw at us. We’re scrambling through this roller coaster of a parenting journey, trying our best. Sometimes we succeed with flying colors. Other times, we’re barely holding it together. Like you, we’re parents who are very concerned about the world we’re leaving to our children and the meaningful steps we can take to ensure that they can reach their full potential. We envision a world where all of our children (both girls and boys) have access to the same opportunities and are free to express themselves fully, knowing they can accomplish anything.

While we can talk forever about the subject of equality and girls’ empowerment (just ask our friends and family!), this blog is not just about our two voices. This space is for ALL OF OUR collective voices. It’s a culmination of OUR experiences, thoughts, and emotions as we try the best we can to navigate this labyrinth of parenthood and do what’s best for our kids.

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What happens when you ask a class of first graders their thoughts on gender stereotypes?

I am the mother of a 4 year old girl and a teacher at an elementary school in a working class district of Marseille, France. For several years, I have been able to hold open exchanges with my first grade classes to discuss and debate the topic of gender stereotypes. The discussions have been remarkable.   

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Thoughts on Gender Stereotypes from a Dad

Lots of questions! We ask ourselves a lot of questions when we become a parent.  After the second child, slightly less questions come to mind.

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Why Defiance is Actually a Virtue

When my daughter was two and a half years old, she started going through what I like to refer to as “the full-on rebellious phase.” You know what I’m talking about . . . most parents know all too well . . .the “No no no! I don’t care about what you are telling me to do even if continuing to do it means losing my leg, because I am a little dictator and the entire world must revolve around my every whim.”  You know . . . the phase where life seems to go from a calm democracy to a dictatorship overnight? “Let’s get dressed, C.” “No.” “Please hold my hand as we cross the street, C.” “No!” “Please stop screaming and get off the floor of the grocery store, C.” “NOOOOO!” “Time to take a nap.” “No, no, no, no.” You get the gist.

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The Story of Pourquoi Princesse

The story of Pourquoi Princesse is the story of my family. It’s not perfect. It’s often messy as life tends to be. I’m Laura, mom to a boisterous, opinionated four year old daughter and a calm, cuddly one and a half year old son.

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