Back in February I posted the commentary below on my private family blog after a playgroup where Mayumi was playing with a plastic Disney crown. I was reminded of it when I came across the blog Disney Princess Recovery: Bringing Sexy Back for a Full Refund. The blog is written by Mary Finucane, a psychotherapist with training in play therapy and mother of a little girl in Rochester, New York. Her observations are lucid and eye-opening and they struck a chord with me. I'd love to start a dialogue about this, so check out her blog, read my post below, and let me know what you think.
Just to be clear, though, I still respect you if you've got plastic crowns and pink gauzy gowns in your toybox. I don't mean to be critical of moms who love their princess babies. (There's no questions that my baby is also the center of our world.) I'll just assume you're encouraging your daughters to be the humble-but-sassy, hard-working, kick-butt, princess neurosurgeon-type. And that's cool, too.