I have a five year-old girl in my life, and it follows seemingly inevitably that princesses are also a part of my life. This is hardly the first time I’ve brought up princesses on this blog, and among parents of girls, the topic has been covered again and again. Still we can never seem to resist a chance to talk princess with other parents, whether we love them or hate them. So I listened eagerly (and added my two cents) to the MPR segment which had two dads giving their take on princess culture.
As an aside, does it seem like more dads are talking about parenting these days? I hope so. Parenting doesn’t have to be such a girls club.
Anyway, I think it was a caller who brought up the idea of redirecting the princess obsession with a little reality. Princesses don’t just wear pretty dresses and go to balls, and your young daughter might not have quite the same view of royal life after learning more about real princess life. For the parents who decide to go that route (more power to you!), here are a couple of picture books you might want to slip into your bedtime story rotation:
The Princess and the Peas by Caryl Hart – When Lili-Rose May won’t eat her peas the doctor declares that she must be a princess, so they send her off to the castle. She’s very excited until she learns all the work that comes along with being a princess, and eating peas back home with her family doesn’t seem so bad after all. (This might also be a good choice for picky eaters.)
Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer – Princess Viola just wants to be the darling of her kingdom, but she is no good at princess stuff like waving and dancing. Her parents send her to Camp Princess to learn everything she needs to know. Only she ends up saving the day with her non-princess skills and becoming the darling of her kingdom anyway. (This one is a favorite in my house.)
Maybe one of these will change the perception of princesses in your house or at least vary the story up a bit. Either way good luck to you.
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