I have a little girl.
I did not start her life by reading her fairy tales.
She did not complete watching most of the Disney princess classics. She couldn’t sit through Snow White because the witch asking the magic mirror who the fairest was sent shivers down her spine. She was terrified of the stepmother in Cinderella. She feared Ursula in Little Mermaid. The only ones she ever sat through were the later Disney movies, namely Tangled, Brave and Frozen.
But nothing stopped her from knowing who Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Ariel and Snow White were, and liking every one of them.
Being with girls and hanging out with them in kindergarten educated Becks about the world of princess although each of their fairy tale – how they overcame adversity and found their prince charming plus the happily ever after – was something she was unfamiliar with.
You mean, Cinderella lost her shoe? Snow White’s dwarves have names like Happy, Dopey, Sneezy and Doc? Rapunzel’s hair was cut? Belle danced with a beast? I don’t know the story, I only like their hair, shoes and dress!
Can you sense my frustration? No matter how hard I kept her away from these, she was a girl enthralled in the world of princesses. Because?
“They are so pretty.”
So you can imagine she probably had the bestestestestestest ever day in her whole entire life when we were invited to this:
Whoa. The event came complete with personal aides doing up your hair and makeup, personal butlers serving you tea and food that’s fit for princesses. The only thing that’s missing is the talking animals.
There were all things pink and purple, dainty and pretty, glittery and shimmery available for eating.
Becks was all smiles that day. She was told that she was a princess in training and by the end of the day she would be a real princess.
She learned from Sophia the First to be gracious and how to curtsy.
She learned from Cinderella that it’s important to perform acts of kindness. So she decorated a cookie for her dad.
She learned from Rapunzel it’s important to be creative. She was tasked to make a lantern.
Actually she decorated it only. I MADE IT.
She also got to meet the princesses face to face and had courage enough to go alone to talk to Rapunzel.
She was one happy girl that day declaring that it was the “bestestestestestest day ever!” and I had a great time reminding her ever since that day to be kind and nice like a princess. Whenever she wasn’t kind to her brothers and started her hissy fits, I’ll tell her she’s a princess and not a wicked witch.
Works wonders ALL THE TIME.
Singtel launches The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia’s suite of kids’ entertainment channels including Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD on mio TV’s Family+ Pack from 1 June, 2013. The channels will be available in dual languages (English and Mandarin).
Look forward to the next Dream Big Princess Academy. Subscribers who sign up or recontract get a serial code to secure a slot in the Dream Big Princess Academy.
Disclosure: We were invited by Singtel for this event and no monetary compensation was received. All opinions here are mine. I have nothing against fairy tales; I am of the opinion that my daughter not read any because there’s no need to dream about ‘someday my prince will come’ or any ‘happily ever after’ because life is life and we just got to roll with it and suck it up.