There are few certainties in parenthood, from the ever-changing sleeping habits of babies to the unpredictability of toddler tantrums.

One fact, however, can almost always be depended upon. However hard a parent tries to avoid gender stereotyping, almost every little girl will at some point become obsessed with two things: the color pink — and ballet.

The "b" word has been increasingly high profile in our household in recent months, with my 3-year-old developing a growing passion for watching the cartoon mouse Angelina Ballerina (who is also pink), looking at ballet books and charging around the house in a fluffy tutu.