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10 Princess Qualities I Want My Daughters to Have

When you hear the word “princess” you might automatically think phrases like spoiledsuperficial and center of the universe. You might get images in your mind resembling the latest Toddlers and Tiaras episode or the bratty girl in your child’s class who thinks she can have anything she wants. Not exactly endearing qualities we hope our children develop. Many attribute these qualities to be a result of fairy-tale stories — causing girls to grow up with ‘princess syndrome‘.

My daughters are very into princesses. They dress up in gowns and crowns and recite lines from their rotating favorite storybook princess. If you ask them what they want to be when they grow up they might answer you with “Princess Teacher” or “Princess Doctor”. I don’t see this as bad and I’m far from worried about them developing some terrible sense of entitlement. I believe princess syndrome stems from bad parenting putting the blame on whimsical stories. The princesses in the stories have some incredible qualities to them as well — not always just waiting for people to save them and expecting the world. Click through for 10 qualities of storybook princesses I want my daughters to have:

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  • Cinderella 1 of 10
    Cinderella
    Strong: Cinderella does not let life's circumstances keep her down. She continues to keep a positive outlook despite the death of her parents and the cruelty of her new family.
  • Belle – Beauty and the Beast 2 of 10
    Belle - Beauty and the Beast
    Unique: Belle can see beauty behind a face that is different then hers. She allows herself to see past the masks and see the true beauty within people. She lives life her own way regardless of being 'different'.
  • Jasmine – Aladdin 3 of 10
    Jasmine - Aladdin
    Independent : Jasmine was given everything in life but she still wanted to make it on her own. She left her comfortable walls to venture into the unknown hoping to make her own name for herself.
  • Aurora – Sleeping Beauty 4 of 10
    Aurora - Sleeping Beauty
    Loving: Aurora is loved by everyone. She is kind, loving and befriends anyone (even animals) with her positive and welcoming personality.
  • Ariel – The Little Mermaid 5 of 10
    Ariel - The Little Mermaid
    Curious : Ariel is intrigued by the unknown and constantly looking for the most unique things in life.
  • Mulan 6 of 10
    Mulan
    Fighter: Mulan fights for what she believes in despite being told not to. Not letting something as small as 'gender' keep her from doing what she believes in.
  • Pocahontas 7 of 10
    Pocahontas
    Accepting: Pocahontas can see past social barriers that might otherwise make people uncomfortable. Despite racial differences, language barriers and cultural clashes she is able to communicate and build friendship.
  • Rapunzel – Tangled 8 of 10
    Rapunzel - Tangled
    Discerning: Rapunzel is able to gather strength to stand up for what she believes in her heart to be true. Using her own judgement she is able to make her life what she wants.
  • Snow White 9 of 10
    Snow White
    Humble: Snow White never put her beauty and self above someone else. She gathered strength to leave a dangerous life and was willing to work for her new life despite her 'princess status'.
  • Tiana – The Princess and the Frog 10 of 10
    Tiana - The Princess and the Frog
    Determined: Tiana will do everything in her power to achieve her goals. Barriers will not keep her down she still goes for what she wants in life.

:: What are your thoughts? Is “princess syndrome” something we should be concerned about? ::

All images used with permission: © Jirka Väätäinen

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