I find that as a mom of a five year old I am surrounded by princesses anything with frills and lots of glitter. Seriously, glitter is everywhere. When my petite was first born I gave her Nana strict shopping rules for nothing pink, nothing princess and certainly no Barbie’s. My aim was to make sure I had a strong, independent, free thinking petite and not just another princess loving pink wearing petite. What I found out was that the more I fought the princess and the pink, the more it was an ever present topic.
In the last five years I’ve learned to embrace pink, frills and glitter…even a large amount of princesses. What I also learned is that there are princesses who are super fun to watch, but rely on princes to save them. Princesses who seem a little naïve and again need men or princes to spell it out for them. However, in this very same mix there are qualities that I want my petites to have and at the risk of letting them turn into hopeless romantics – I acquiesced.
I thought this quote from Meg Cabot pretty much sums it up:
“I think it would be a shame for parents not to let [their daughters] have [princesses] just because they don’t believe in “the princess thing.” Because the princess thing is amazing. It’s about standing up for what you believe in, protecting the people you love, and never letting the bad guys win. It’s about rescuing yourself, and yet risking your heart when you meet someone who seems worth giving it to.”
With all that said, here at the Petite Stag there are princesses that I love and promote whole heartedly. First up Tiana from The Princess and the Frog – she is by far my absolute favorite. She works hard, she is determined, she has goals, and she knows that it is okay to wish for things, but you have to work hard to get them too.
We also love Merida from Brave – what’s not to love about a fiery redhead? She is very independent and speaks her mind freely. Okay, so she is defiant and pretty reactionary, but in the end she learns a really important lesson – family bonds are the strongest and often times most important.
One princess that we love is Belle, she’s a Petite Stag pick because she loves to read books! Even reading them more than once. My petite can be found pretending to be Belle walking and reading at the same time. Not to mention, she just told Belle at Disneyland that she loves her because she likes to read books….if that doesn’t make you swoon then Belle’s perfect response will Wow, that’s amazing, reading can take you on so many new adventures, keep reading little one. Well done, Disneyland Belle!
Next up, I bet you can guess what I am going to say, Anna and Elsa from Frozen – it would be nothing short of a miracle if I were able to have a frozen free household. Instead, I am going to embrace the message and promote it – when Anna needs an act of true love – who does she need? Her sister! Yes please, promoting the bond between two sisters.