Seven-year-olds are too old for princess bikes, didn’t you know? In fact, seven is waaaay too old for any kind of princess paraphernalia at all.
This is coming from the little girl, who wore a princess costume nearly every day when she was three. But, she’s not three anymore – she’s seven.
Her once loved pale pink cruiser, with Rapunzel and Cinderella adorning the sides and various princesses in the spokes, now fills her world with misery. Don’t even get her started on the pink streamers on the handlebars. Just don’t. As for her Dora helmet, she can’t even stand to be seen in public wearing it.
I can’t say I’m overly sorry to see the princesses go, but Dave and I couldn’t help feel a little emotional over the weekend when she put her foot down about the princess bike situation. Dave was totally more emotional than me, by the way. He mentioned something about having dust in his eyes.
Isn’t it funny how you can go about life at a hectic pace, but when you stop to take a breath and look at your children, really look at them, you’re surprised at how much they have grown and in so many ways? Miss Seven is not only growing out of nearly every item of clothing she owns, but she is blossoming into her own person more than ever.
So, now that we’ve kicked princesses to the curb, what are seven-year-olds into? Well this one has her heart set on a rainbow bike from Kmart for Christmas– and a helmet for big girls, of course. She also wants her own desk and stationery because she’s sick of storing under her bed all of the journaling and list-making she does, and all of the short stories she writes.
She asked us to clean out her bookcase on the weekend. The Singing Mermaid, Twinkle and Room on the Broom – all of our favourites – were moved into her little sister’s room to make way for Billie B Brown, Ella and Olivia and Rainbow Magic. There’s only room for big girl chapter books in this kid’s room now.
Oh, and seven-year-olds, (well, this one anyway) still believe in Santa and the tooth fairy … for now. Something tells me it’s just a matter of time before the truth comes out.
While it’s hard to let go of the things that hold so many memories, I’m pretty darn excited about the next chapter filled with rainbow bikes, chapter books, desks and stationery.
What are your kids into at the moment? What did your kid once love, but are totally too cool for now? What’s on your or your kid’s Christmas wish list?
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