My daughter Amelia LOVES Katy Perry. Morning, noon and night its Katy Perry this, Katy Perry that. “What should we listen to, Amelia? Wait… never mind… let me guess…”
Now, not every Katy Perry song is kid-friendly. In fact, I’ve cringed and questioned my skills as a parent when I heard her belting out “let’s go all the way tonight,” thanks to Teenage Dream – but the songs are catchy, upbeat and so much fun to dance to. One of our favorites, Firework, features a positive message of being yourself, being brave and showing the world how awesome you are, something Amelia totally embodies. Other fun, kiiiiinda iffy, ones include Amelia’s favorite, California Gurls (“Mom, I’M a California girl too!”)
(Disregard my messy desk. Don’t judge.)
In fact, tomorrow morning Amelia is having a big operation at the Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She has hydrocephalus, a lifelong condition in which her brain cannot properly circulate fluid, and was born with a skull defect called an encephalocele, which has basically given her a hole between her eyes. She’s had many other surgeries, beginning at 4 months of age and has been a total trooper through each and every one.
Due to the nature of the operation, she’ll be shaved totally bald (which is a huge deal since she’s been growing her hair out since her last surgery three years ago). If someone told me I’d be shaved bald, I’d be crying in a corner somewhere. But not Amelia. Her reaction? “Awesome! I can get a bright colored wig, just like KATY PERRY!”
While maybe Katy Perry isn’t a flawless role models for wee ones (if I ever catch Amelia in a whipped cream bikini top, I might die on the spot), she’s not half bad. She’s fun, colorful and seems to be devoid of scandal, which even the “squeaky clean” kid stars can’t say about themselves (yeah, I’m looking at you Hannah Montana). Anyone who gives my kid a reason to smile and not feel afraid is great in my book.
Who are your kids’ favorite “grown up” musicians or movie stars? Who inspires your children to sing their hearts out and wear bright green wigs? Share your story with us!
*I was in no way compensated for this post. We’re just fans!*
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