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.