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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Lessons and Legacies—You're Free to Be … a Champion

Lessons and Legacies—You're Free to Be … a Champion

(p.251) Lessons and Legacies—You're Free to Be … a Champion
When We Were Free to Be

Cheryl Kilodavis

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows the author speaking at universities and organizations around the country about her children's book, My Princess Boy. Whenever she does, she does so as an advocate for the acceptance of gender difference. Despite being a published author, Cheryl Kilodavis enjoys being introduced as a mom. Being a mom is hard. It involves a skillful balance between living your own authenticity—after years of finding it—and learning about who your child is becoming, or supporting your child's innate being. Women begin motherhood by planning all the great experiences that they hope will happen for their children: first steps, first friends, first crush—a lot of firsts, then college, life outside of the home, and extended family. Then, somewhere along the way, they are blindsided by the fact that their children become themselves. They are proud but scared, happy but sad, secure but shocked.

Keywords:   children's book, My Princess Boy, advocate, gender difference, published author

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