When you hear the word “princess” you might automatically think phrases like spoiled, superficial 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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