I recently read an article (that I failed to mark . . . but its a prominent theme online) about how some mother somewhere didn't want her daughter obsessed with Disney Princesses. She was arguing that reality doesn't include happily every afters, not everyone gets married and your brain is more important than your outward appearance, etc.
It should come as no surprise but I'm a fan of Disney stories and, yes, even the princesses. (My favorite princess? Rapunzel. It used to be Belle.) I have no problems with my daughter liking the concept of princesses or pretending to be one anymore than I mind my sons thinking of themselves in terms of heroic knights and princes. I've been wondering why it is that so many people object to such things and I have a theory as to a contributing factor in all of this:
It's much harder to train your daughters to be people of character such that they would accept anything less than a prince charming than it is to not. It's much harder to train sons to be noble, to instill good manners, the need to pursue wisdom (i.e, God) than it is to not. Society says that reality is that men aren't heroes and women need to learn to stand alone. But that's not at all how God created things to be. He has laid out his expectations for men and women in scripture and if you commit to training up your children to be obedient, kind, loving to others, generous, noble and all of these other things (i.e., teach them who they are in Christ and to pursue Him above all other things) then it is quite reasonable for a woman to expect to marry a man of integrity and honor . . . and to resist the urge to settle for anything less!
My daughter, playing and dreaming, with my full approval and blessing:
My children have all expressed a desire to cook with me in the kitchen. So I start cooking, like, an hour or so (I exaggerate...a little) before we need to eat in order to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (I jest. In part.) I know I need to teach them (for how else are they supposed to learn?) but wow. The kitchen has turned into a beehive.
On that note, I need to save THIS RECIPE from Annette because I'd like to make it next week.
This past month we went to California to visit family, friends (and yes, go to Disneyland). To my great delight, it (finally!!!) worked out to drive to the coastline and see my friend, Sky! (THE Sky who hosted The Jungle Book discussion.)
We met each other in Texas roughly 15 years ago and have been friends ever since. And now our children are friends. (Her daughter and my middle son are "buds" when they are together. And the boys were somewhat wrapped up in Legos.) It was great to be able to spend time with each other and our respective families. We were even given a girl's night out! (Thank you, husbands!) I'll be remembering this visit fondly.
I kind of want to have a Book Party for other kids in our area. I can't think of the best way to organize it. I feel like I don't quite have an idea for how to pull it off in my mind. I'm taking suggestions. Do you have any ideas on how I could go about accomplishing this?
I bought a new dress and my children asked to see it. I pulled it out of the closet and my daughter said, "Oooooh. Maybe you could wear that to your wedding!"
Normally I'm not a dress person but I'm working on becoming more so. It was sort of a big deal that I wore a dress to my sister-in-law's wedding. (I liked wearing it; I've just been more of a skirt sort of gal.) Here's a picture of my husband and I from the family wedding:
All thoughts expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have received no compensation whatsoever for anything I have said here, not even one little bit. I just feel pressed to reiterate this for no good reason. Bad, senseless habits.