Monday, November 09, 2009

Every Girl's a Princess

I pride myself on raising girls who are strong, independent, and free-thinking. Girls who are intelligent. Girls who are comfortable in their own skin. Girls who know who they are. Girls who don't need a boy to define them. Girls who like themselves.

I have also always been proud that my girls like girly things, yes, but that they aren't too girly. I guess that's not fair to all the girly girls out there (because I do think that little girls with hairbows and pressed dresses and all that good stuff are incredibly sweet!), but that's just not who I am. (I tell people all the time that I'm just glad when I can get Sydney's hair brushed before she goes to school in the morning.) My girls are beautiful and have their very fashionable days, but they also like to get dirty on the softball field and feel comfortable wearing jeans and a t-shirt to school.

Anyway...despite my belief in Girl Power...I do have to give in every once in a while to the idea that princesses are pretty special to 5-year-old girls!!

Every girl is a princess, pink is powerful, and there is nothing more special than meeting Princess Aurora in real life.

Sydney attended a very sweet party this past weekend, hosted by a good friend of mine who decided that her daughter (whose had some tough times lately) just needed a special day.

So Sydney, and several other real-life princesses, got to meet Princess Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) and got to enjoy such things as talking one-on-one with the Princess, eating pink cupcakes, spinning in their big dresses, learning to curtesy, and getting a special dancing lesson.

What a wonderful reminder of how important it is for little girls to be little girls, and to believe in the power of make-believe and princesses. (It's probably something all of matter our age...need to do more often!)


Adrienne said...

awwwwwwwww what a great post! All the little girls looK SO CUTE!

Deborah said...

I totally know what you mean about the balance between girly and not-girly. Capra's the same way, and I just love it. She went to soccer practice once in a skort; her coach said that was a first, as she went racing down the field, skirt fluttering in the breeze of her passage. When she plays dressup, it might be a belly dancer or a super hero, And when we went to Disney on Ice last week, while we both loved the princess dance number, the souvenir she came home with was a sword -- and we're going to have a sword fight with it and the pirate sword from her Halloween costume!

Cheryl Wray said...

Adrienne--Sydney had SO much fun. It was great!!!

Deborah--Capra seems so much like my girls. Girly, at times, but also sporty and casual. I love being a little bit of everything!!

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Jenster said...

What a fabulous party!! I'm with you on the balance between girly girl and sporty. I've got one of those and I love it!! lol

Gin said...

Oh my gosh. I love this post. That looks like so much fun.

hippo chick said...

Having always wanted to be a princess and then raising a princess, this is a wonderful post for me. As my dear daughter Gretchen says, "It's not easy being a princess, but someone has to do it." And I say to my 33 year old daughter, "Once a princess, always a princess." That's not to say that she is a total girly girl. She loves hiking, boating and the out of doors, but her heart attitude is that of a true princess.

Loved this post.

~hippo hugs~

Daisy said...

How Adorable!!!! Your post brought back good memories for me.

Linda said...

How cute is that?! I love it. A very good idea and what a loving and thoughtful mom to recognize that her dd needed that special day.

scrapperjen said...

What a wonderful party! It's nice to have those days to truly be a princess now & then.
I hope you & your family are well - I'm sorry I don't stop by your blog often enough.

Cheryl Wray said...

Jenster--It's the perfect blend!

Gin--It really WAS a lot of fun!

Hippo--I love that! and you're absolutely right...all girls deserve to be princesses. :-)

Daisy--I'm glad!

Cheryl Wray said...

Linda--I thought my friend was just wonderful to do that for her daughter and all the girls. She's a special Mom.

Scrapperjen--It was so good to see you pop by.I need to be better too about visiting my bloggy friends more often!

Brown English Muffin said...

what an incredibly sweet party idea.

Just Me Again said...

What an INCREDIBLY sweet post! I loved all the pictures! Princesses are so cute! I'm totally with you, the power of make-believe and princesses must live matter our age!