Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
What IS it with Princess Bashing? Seriously. You would think that because a little girl (my daughter included) enjoys dressing up, glittery things, and fireworks above a castle that she is going to grow up waiting for a Prince Charming who never arrives. That she will be weak and wait for others to come to her rescue. That she will be self-centered and conceited. And that she’ll never make it in the “real” world.
Seems to me there’s more to being a princess than hosting tea parties and shopping for new tiaras. (Not that I find anything wrong with either of those activities, mind you.) What is WRONG with role playing? What is WRONG with wanting to be feminine? What is WRONG with liking sparkly, twinkly, shiny things? As long as there is balance in a child’s life, I say there is NOTHING wrong with it.
Kyla enjoys running barefoot through fresh-cut grass. She loves making “slop soup” out of sand, mud, twigs and anything else lying on the ground. She drives her scooter around like a crazy girl. And she frequently asks me if girls can be ______ fill in the blank with fire fighters, police officers, football players, and doctors. My response is always, “Of COURSE. Girls can be anything they want to be.” And yes, she has a closet full of Disney Princess-wear too.
Kyla is learning so much at school, and we are so proud of her. At this point in her life and development she understands who heroes are and who community helpers are. Often, they are one in the same when talking about fire fighters, police officers and teachers. As I mentioned above, she is already told that girls can do anything and be anything they want. This is not some feminist rant left over from my Alverno College days. This is just a fact presented to her to help her realize that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.
I don’t feel the need to poo-poo princesses and praise pioneers. Eventually, through us and through history classes she will learn about “strong” women who changed the course of the world. Right now she can simply enjoy being a carefree four-year-old who believes in fairies, Santa Claus, and magic. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her putting on a gown, clutching a wand, donning tiara and asking her Daddy to dance with her to “So This Is Love.” Trust me, the real world will grab her by the lapels soon enough.
I see no reason to take off her princess garb in an effort to make her look “kick a**.” Unreal.