I passed through the baby section of a store while en route to the restroom. Of course I have to find a bathroom while shopping. Doesn’t everyone?

This little onesie caught my eye. 

Here is the question. Do you really want your child growing up thinking he runs the roost? I certainly understand the needs of a baby. The struggle that this tiny little human is calling all the shots is real. It is non-stop care and sleep becomes a true luxury. 

But that time passes. One morning you awaken and that baby is eight years old. The next morning you awaken and that baby is 17 years old. You do not want an eight year-old and definitely not a 17 year-old believing they run things. Not that they will still be wearing a onesie that states “I run things” (God forbid), but they may be wearing it in their brains. The thought should never be there. 

It’s a subtle thing. It is insidious. But the mindset you develop with your little one is a hard habit to break when they are 10 or 20 or 30.

And along those same lines, I am not a fan of telling little girls that they are princesses. Of course, every little girl is daddy’s princess. I get that. Perhaps we need to define princess. 

Princess-ness should be thought of as a lovely flower that needs protection and care in order to grow healthy and strong, or as the protecting of a royal gem. A real princess does not kick and scream in the store because she cannot have a new tiara. 

A true princess is kind and generous. She knows that she has been blessed and is willing and eager to share those blessings. She is gentle and loving and humble in spirit. 

There are not too many things less attractive than a pretty 16 year-old who believes the world revolves around her. It’s plain ugly.

So at the risk of sounding like a cranky old lady, don’t buy the onesie. For one, Nike does not need any more of your money, and two, your baby does not need to believe he runs the show. You do not need to believe that, either. 

After all of that commentary, the little onesie could be completely innocuous. It is entirely possible that the little circle with the slogan means “I RUN things”, things like 5Ks, The Great Pumpkin Run, marathons, etc.

You decide. 

Author: Rebecca Hendrixson

Hello, I'm Rebecca. I am a wife and mother and freelance writer. I love to share honest thoughts, anecdotes, incidents and encouragement. I am documenting my one year of being 60 years old. Join me on the journey. And please leave comments or send me an email. I will respond. We are all in this together. Come be my comrade.

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