Raising Non-Princesses

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?


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6 Responses to “Raising Non-Princesses”

  1. CanCan October 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    My son turns 7 tomorrow, and his dream is to sing on a Kidz Bop CD. Yeah. Reach for the stars, son.

  2. Melissa Parlaman October 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Awesome! I think that is one of my dreams too–maybe he will be on American Idol 10 years from now! Dream Big!

  3. Kelly Voelker October 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Ha! CanCan, that made me laugh out loud. Love it!

  4. Kate October 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    CanCan – love it! That’s so cute.

    Melissa – you gave me my laugh of the day with your reasoning on why your daughter should learn Spanish. That’s some clever thinking, friend! ;-)

  5. Deanna Conkling October 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Great post – love this! And I agree – very smart way to get PP to leave Spanish :)

  6. Kristen McLaughlin October 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Thinking ahead to include Spanish in your daughter’s curriculum is hysterical. I like the Florida idea. I will hopefully be there…