At the beginning of the school year all of the kids in my daughter’s kindergarten class were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. While some of her friends said athletes, doctors, and teachers, my daughter came home and exclaimed she wanted to be a “mermaid ballerina princess!”
I did my best to keep a smile on my face and be encouraging. The last thing I want to do is dim that light that shines so bright. In time her own dreams will evolve and grow.
If you asked me what I wanted to be when I was 5-years-old I probably would have said a famous singer, a princess or an ice skater. I might have even had mermaid on my list. I remember having an obsession with Ariel at that age.
I’m not sure when princesses started to get a bad wrap. I mean I get it, we parents don’t want our daughters giving up our voices and giving up their fins for legs for the sake of a boy. But everything I gather from my daughter wanting to be a princess is her wanting to be a pretty, strong girl who can help save the world. It’s like they’re her own version of super heroes.
Not only that, but it’s nice to see the images of princesses evolve. From The Princess in Black series my daughter loves, to the new Dream Big Princess campaign by Disney, I think we’re moving in the right direction and catching on to what girls want.
When she runs around the house in her dresses, or plays with her friends I don’t hear cries from a damsel in distress, but a warrior looking to save her friends and animals.
Without skipping a beat she’ll take a “break” and run to the garage to practice her pull-ups, in her glittery gown and all.
I’ve noticed as the school year has progressed, so have her dreams. She still loves dress-up, but spends a lot of time doing art, and when asked what she’d like to be when she was class start of the week, she said an astronaut because of her new fascination with space.
Parenting a school-aged kid, though a young one, is giving me a whole new perspective on child development. There’s something beautiful and inspiring about watching it happen first hand.
I’m sure her dreams will continue to grow and evolve as she does and I’m excited to be right here, helping them all come true.