"Abby, pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career," Justice Sotomayor explains to the little pink muppet Abby Cadabby.
I used to be vehemently opposed to princess play and when my daughter K was smaller, and I tried to buy her lot of gender neutral toys. But sooner or later most little girls are bound to get the princess bug, and it's happened with mine, although it's not too bad. And I guess I just loosened up too, because I've bought her the Disney classic films like Snow White, Cinderella and the Princess and the Frog - which I love all three films myself, so she definitely knows what princesses are. And well, she did go to a full-on princess birthday party this weekend and even came back with a crown. And my MIL has always called her 'mi princesita' so there was no escaping.
Three years into parenthood and the way I see it is just how Sotomayor explains it: it's totally fine to pretend to be princess. I mean, it's all a part of childhood imagination. And it's sweet. But the sooner children start aspiring to be doctors, lawyers and engineers and not princesses, the better, IMHO. I asked my 3-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up, and I'm glad to report she said TEACHER!!! We definitely love teachers in our household.
Then there are the little girls who want nothing to do with princesses, and hate them in fact. Check out this video of a little girl telling Princess Kate Middleton's sister Pippa what she really thinks. Hilarious!