Written by Melissa Carlton
1) Royal Dream vs Reality
Everyone watched the royal wedding of Catherine Middleton to Prince William. It was a dream come true! Many girls will remember that day forever. Let little girls dream big dreams. At least they're dreaming! Take this opportunity to introduce her to other aspirational careers, whatever they may be, and while you shouldn't discourage this dream, it's ok to subtly point out how money, wealth and glamour aren't everything.
2) Princess versus Barbie
Playing princess is different from playing with Barbie. Barbies promote unhealthy body images and shallow values. Princesses have real responsibilities, and royalty comes in all shapes and sizes. Furthermore, most princesses do a lot of community service, so remind your kids about this. Use this as an opportunity to do some good deeds and learn about how all people are created equally. Plus, teaching about royalty can be a great way to teach your kids about history, politics, government, other countries and more. If you’re frustrated with the negative implications of having a girl pretend to be a princess, take it upon yourself to remember these points, and remember that it’s better than blonde Barbie!0
Being a princess means that one should always act with proper décor. Little girls will actually want to learn about manners, respect & etiquette when when playing princess, so take advantage of this opportunity. In addition, you can also take this opportunity to teach her about gender roles, and how since it’s acceptable for her to pretend to be a princess, it’s also ok for boys to pretend too! While she might like to be a princess, other girls might pretend to be firefighters, basketball players or anything else. It’s all acceptable, and it’s all pretend. Part of being a princess is being classy enough to accept everyone as they are, and make sure everyone feels welcome at the playground!
4) She is a Princess
All little girls are princesses. In the famed story "The Little Princess," an orphan claims that all girls are princesses no matter who they are. In short, every girl should aim high, and you shouldn’t step on your daughter’s dreams. If it frustrates you, it’s ok. She’ll likely grow out of it eventually. At least she has goals and is looking to the future! Remember this, and as long as you are reminding her of the things mentioned above, there’s no reason she can’t be a princess every night! Just make sure she’s taking off that tiara before going to school.
Who knows? She may grow up to become the next Catherine Middleton!
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