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For The Love of Princesses

For The Love of Princesses

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Can I let you in on a little secret? I used to hate princesses.

As a preschool teacher, I watched as little girl’s draped themselves in pink and sparkles and played princesses waiting around for Prince Charming to show up at “save them” from the dramatic play area of our classroom. I remember thinking to myself, “My daughter isn’t going to be into princesses. I’m going to do everything in my power to protect her from them, because I don’t want her to think that she has to be a  super prim, girly girl who wastes her life away waiting around to be rescued by some prince. I want her to know that she is a strong and capable woman!”

Fast forward to now. It is becoming more and more obvious to me that the likelihood of my child being “that girl”…the one who is totally obsessed with princesses is a strong possibility. Already she is drawn to licensed characters and all things pink and sparkly like a moth to a flame. At first I was worried, but I think I’m actually starting to ditch my princess hating ways.

Namely, because I’ve realized that being a princess doesn’t have to be a negative thing. There are a ton of strong and capable real-life princesses out there (uhhh…Kate Middleton anyone?) and there’s no reason girls can’t wear a sparkly dress while they’re out there taking on the world and being successful, right?

I also really love that Disney is taking back the good name of princesses and showing the world what a princess really can be . Lest we get distracted by the lovely princess gowns and gorgeous princess hair, this is what princesses are really all about: being brave, loyal, kind…and so much more. These are things I hope my daughter embodies one day and if princesses can teach her about that then I’m all for it.

Check out this awesome video “I Am a Princess”. Full disclosure: I totally cried when I watched this. Just sayin’.

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Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More from Lauren:

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