Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Princess Body Snatcher

Any hope that Andy held out for Isabella to be a tomboy is pretty much gone out the window since the invasion of the princess body snatcher.

For the past few weeks Isabella has been waking up in the morning, going into her closet or dresser and pulling out the frilliest thing she can find.  She'll walk into my bedroom and throw it on top of my head.  "Time to be a princess!" she announces.

She'll only wear headbands or tiara's because that's what princesses wear.  She trots around the house in faux high heels that someone (probably my mom) bought for her.  We have to have royal ball type dance parties and whenever she doesn't want to do something it's always, "princesses don't do that".

Last weekend she was traipsing around the house in a long shirt that had a tutu type skirt on it with no pants.  15 minutes before her friend was coming over for a playdate and she's doing piroutte's in a mini-dress and baby heels.  It took a lot of coaxing to get her to put her pants on before our guests came.

This is not my favorite phase.  While I don't mind a little Tangled now and then or a good old fashioned, belt it out "Part of Your World" I hate Disney and it's damned marketing and I've never been a fan of character branding.

But what's a mom to do?  She loves it.  So I dress her up in fancy dresses (the high heels got, um, lost) and we have tea and dance parties and play imaginative games involving tigers and witches and spells.

We keep calm and princess on.  It can't last forever right?


Caitlin MidAtlantic said...

It's funny because I am loving the princess phase! Laura mostly has princess dresses that did NOT come from the (expensive) Disney store. They're pretty ridiculously poofy... but it's cute. She has great imaginative play in her dresses. AND we can say "Princesses eat their dinner" or "Princesses don't have tantrums" to get through some tricky times!

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

I totally have a little princess, too. Leila even refuses to wear anything but dresses. We own several of the t-shirt top/frilly bottom dresses and she rotates between them. In the morning/evenings she puts on one of her princess dress-up dresses and the plastic high heels, of course.

Tracy Kistler said...

I don't get to have the princess phase, only boys. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled to have boys, especially given All the Disney princess marketing you mentioned. But love Cinderella, beauty and the beast, the little mermaid and can sing every song ;)

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