Okay, I'm going to vent here about stores and stereotypes. DD needs some new mittens for playing in the snow. It has been super cold here and she has gloves, but mittens are better. She has fleece mittens, but they are no good for in the snow because they get wet. So I go to Sears last night, and they don't have a single mitten for kids at ALL. Considering the windchill was -40 here yesterday morning, you'd think they would. So I go to Zeller (not sure if you have those, but its like K-Mart) and in the girls section all they have is fleece mitts and gloves. What, don't girls play in the snow? I had to go to the boys section to find mitts and even then it was difficult to find a larger size. Gloves only. They had men's waterproof gloves (ski gloves) so thought I'd check out the women's section and maybe I could find a small size of ladies mitts that DD could wear. Again, only fleece mitts and think gloves. ARRRGGHH!!! Why is there is assumption that because your female you don't need the same equipment to go outside that men do? It is soooo annoying unless you want to spend big bucks at a sports store.
This has happened before. DD wanted a Spongebob T-shirt or sweatshirt for Christmas. Yep, head to the boys section, they don't have them anywhere near the girls wear. She needed plain navy pants for Brownies. Any in the girls section? Nope, had to buy some cargo pants in the boys section. All the girls stuff is pink, frilly and great for standing around looking good, but not for being a normal kid. Girls like to play, run and be active too.
Whew. Done ranting. Maybe I just shop in the wrong places. I did find her some "plain" pants yesterday at Northern Getaway (plain sweats, nothing on the butt, no fancy pockets, etc. - her choice). I guess I just need a frilly girly girl who's content to wear nothing but pink dresses. Mine loves frilly dresses, but also needs "real" clothes to do normal things. Anyone find the same thing? Thanks for letting me rent.