Ok, not exactly the confession of the century, but, I've been reading a number of posts lately that are very critical of sharing stories about fairy-tale princesses with their daughters. Why? Because many of these stories feature princesses that are rescued by a prince. And many argue that this sends a message to young girls that they need a man to get through life.
I consider myself a strong an independent woman. Yes, I am married, but not because I didn't think I could survive without a husband. I love my husband, and we each bring our own strengths to our marriage.
I too was told fairy-tales as a child as well. I loved hearing these classic stories. I loved imagining their beautiful dresses, and I even liked the part where the Prince would come to save the Princess. In my opinion, these are stories, not reality, and the important thing is that we encourage self-confidence and independence in our children. If they choose to have a partner in life, great, but it's also important for them to know that being in a relationship doesn't define you as a person.
So I will continue to tell princess stories to my daughter. We will watch our favourite Disney princesses on tv. And I will continue to encourage her to be happy, healthy, and self-confident.
How do you feel about these kinds of stories? Do you share them with your children? Why or why not? Feel free to share in the comments below.