I was inspired to write this post after reading a blog post about Disney princesses as role models. I totally love everything Disney & am already planning our trip to Disney in April. At the age of 5.5 years & 2 years old, my daughters really don’t understand what the blog post mentions — that the Disney movies are portraying princesses as “waiting around for your prince to rescue you and living happily ever after.” At this point, they just like their dresses and hair!
But the Disney movie that I do like the most is The Princess and the Frog. PP was obsessed with this movie when it first came out (she even had a Princess & the Frog party for her 4th birthday). What I like about this movie is that it stresses that through hard work, your dreams will come true (vs. waiting around for a guy to “save” you or make your dreams come true). So, when we watch Princess and the Frog, I have pointed out to PP that Tiana achieves her dream because she works hard everyday (just like her parents).
PP’s “dream” right now is to become a dolphin trainer and to own a dolphin. Whenever she says this, I say she needs to learn how to swim (pretty important if you want to be a dolphin trainer, huh?), go to college (Florida, of course, so she can study marine biology), and learn Spanish (I just threw that in there to make her learn it… I told her that dolphins like when their trainers speak Spanish). Thus, you need to work hard so your dreams will come true. Never too early for a a little dose of reality…
What is your child’s dream?