I get why a lot of people hate the whole princess culture aimed at little girls. There’s a hell of a lot of toxic bullshit in there.
But when I was a tiny princess, my dad used to be my royal advisor. He would come to me, and over tea we would discuss the problems of the kingdom. He would tell me that new people wanted to move to the kingdom, and ask me what we should do. Or he would tell me that the teddybears and the dolls were fighting over the enchanted forest, and ask me what to do. Basically, he took the trappings of the princess culture, and used it as a tool to teach me about leadership, civic responsibility, and compassion.
So if you have a little princess around, consider helping her figure out how to run her kingdom. There’s no sense in telling a kid they can’t be a leader, or that they can’t wear sparkles while they do it.
Parenting: You’re doing it right.
Wow, no kidding. This is some A+ stuff right here.
Favorite fairytales from childhood?
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk.
See, when I was a little girl I found princess fairy tales to be the least interesting. My favorites were the adventure stories. A set of siblings outsmarting their cannibalistic captor or a dude sneaking around the home of a giant quietly stealing his shit. I guess I just preferred more…active protagonists. Little girl!me would be damned if she was just going to sit in a tower and wait for someone to come get her.
I kinda like what that says about me. *smug smug smug*
I haven’t read this fairy tale yet (and I don’t reblog images from it often yet, want to try to read it first, I guess) but I really like how the princesses go through the spectrum and make this rainbow.
The Princess and the Pea
By Kay Nielsen
Princess and the Pea
Soon after that she had a little daughter, who was as white as snow, and as red as blood, and her hair was as black as ebony; and she was therefore called Snow White
- The Grimm Brothers, “Snow White”
“Sleeping Beauty” by Edward Burne-Jones