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What Happens to a Princess When She Grows Up?


I was searching a message board this week and came across a discussion about little Princesses. One mother had decided that she was not going to allow her 4-year-old daughter to have any Princess playthings. Her belief was that Princesses are taught to wait to be rescued by their Prince Charming and are not taking responsibility for their own destiny.
I understood her thought process, but having raised a daughter who is now an adult, I saw my Princess become a fierce soccer player, and even get tossed out of a few games. She became an honors college student, yet has never disposed of the Princess lamp in her room. Her fellow Princess playmates who I have known since kindergarten have also gone on to seize their destinies. These Princesses are a budding accountant, a writer, a director of amazing plays, a computer guru, a fashionista, and one is currently applying to medical school.

I believe that Princess fairy tales taught these bright young ladies more than to wait for their Prince to rescue them. They learned about magic, faith, friendship and to never give up. I only hope as they continue to advance they will continue to believe they are Princesses who can work hard to obtain every dream they have. I am proud to know these Princesses.

10 comments:

  1. I love that you wrote about your princess becoming a fierce soccer player and an honors student!

    ...sometimes people just take that stuff too far -- not allowing your daughter to have anything "princess" for fear she will always be helpless and quiet? Bleh...not buying it!

    I hope you're having a good weekend <3

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  2. Hi, I taught my girls, as young ones, that they were princesses too. When they got married a favorite saying that we heard was "the words of my princess makes me a prince" when speaking of his young wife. Now that my girls are grown with daughters we still treat them each like a princess. After all, they are daughters of the King.
    Thank you for stopping by my place; I wish I was in Arizona soaking up the sun.
    Noreen

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  3. Thank you ladies for you words.
    And you are right, the sun is wonderful right now we think it is spring here.

    Nicki

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  5. I love your take! I too believe we can't know what princess-stuff will mean to a particular little girl (or boy, for that matter). I am the mom of two and was shocked to see how gender-typical they are in terms of pink and cars and dolls and guns. It didn't come from me and my husband (I don't think). Yet in deeper ways they same to share the best of each other. Found you on Book Blogs--so glad to be following!

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  6. I agree with your sentiment about princesses. I see the same values in my little granddaughter. I say let her enjoy this time. She will be grownup soon enough. She's no helpless princess. She thinks she can do anything! I like that philosophy.

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  7. Hi

    thank you for your thoughts. I think this is a dialogue worth having. I think as adults we know how hard the world will be for our girls as they grow up. I want all of our girls to know that no matter how dark things become for them,their belief in God and themselves will get them through it. I think this is truly the Princess philosopy.

    Nicki

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  8. I have two Princesses myself. My oldest is a great softball player and has now set her sights on volleyball. She is a straight A student and is not boy crazy yet (She's only 9.) She has her own mind and knows that life is not a fairy tale. My other Princess is 2 1/2 and I don't worry about her feeling like she is helpless without a Prince when she grows up either.

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  10. I agree with you. I think people are just looking for something to make a "cause". My daughter loves all things Princess, but doesn't take any **** from anyone. She'll definitely be making her own way in this world. But, it's fun to dress up and make-believe every now and then!

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