article recently, called The Power of Pink.
It is about the prolific use of pink in little girl's lives - from clothes, to toys, to bedspreads, to lunchboxes, pink has become synonymous with 'girl'.
Historically, it hasn't always been this way. In fact, in early twentieth century, pink was for boys, and blue for girls.
How did we get to pretty pink princesses in such a relatively short time span?
I remember when the Minx was born, the fourth child and only girl. "Thank God you got a pink one" people would say. I was, of course, extremely happy to have had a little girl (a healthy one at that), but I didn't know how I was going to handle the pink thing. I wasn't sure about being a role model for another XX. You see, I am not exactly a "pink" kind of person. Female? Yes. Woman? Yes. Girly? Not exactly.
Raising a girl is a different kettle of fish to raising a boy. I have more experience with boys, but I certainly haven't mastered them yet. And now I have to learn to nurture a little girl too. In the day and age of pure pink. Urgh.
Lucky for me, these early years have been similar for both of the twins. There are definite gender-based differences between them, but they can still share clothes and toys, so I haven't had to do too much of the pink thing yet.
Having said that, I doubt very much that I ever will.
Firstly, the Minx looks fabulous in red, pastel blue and lime green and less fabulous in pink. I hope she realises that and wears clothes to suit her rather than ones that are "fashionable". That will be my message to her anyway.
Secondly, she comes from a family of campers and will spend much of her childhood in a tent. Pink or not, she will have to learn to enjoy the Great Outdoors and to cope with dirt under her nails. A princess she can be, but she will need to be flexible with it. Princess Dirt.
And lastly, with three big brothers there is little hope of her not learning how to "muck in" with the boys. This could be her best lesson in life. If she can learn to understand little boys and play with them, she is in for a good chance of understanding men. Let's face it, most of us women spend much of our time trying to get our heads around Menspeak. Maybe The Minx will be a natural at this.
Then she can translate for her Mum.