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Being the mother of a daughter comes with a lot of responsibility. I’m not talking about things like taking care of her hair or teaching her how to wear makeup (when she gets older, of course). The biggest responsibility in parenting a little girl is making sure she grows up with a strong sense of self and the knowledge that she can do or be anything that she dreams. One of the most important things I’ll ever do for my daughter is encouraging her to Dream Big and not limit herself to the box that other people might want to put her in.
As a long time fan of Disney Princesses (and dare I say, the mother of a little princess of my own), I was so excited to learn that Disney had created a new initiative that spoke to the brave, adventurous and creative side of girls. Dream Big, Princess is about showing how princesses don’t have to wait to be saved, they can save themselves. They don’t have to sit on the sidelines, they can join in the game. Princesses (and the girls who adore them) are creative, interesting, and each one is unique.
Take my Ayva. She loves to sing, dance, and do gymnastics. She’s willing to try just about any activity, but the constant in her life is writing. I love opening up one of her dozens of notebooks and getting a glimpse into her imagination. Of course, toys that encourage creative play like the new Disney Princess Shimmer Dolls also spark the writing bug. Each of the eleven princesses is so lovely, with removable shoes, a shimmering gown in her signature color, and features inspired by how she looks in the movie. Along with Little Kingdom Ariel’s Sea Castle that comes with a 3 inch tall Ariel, a castle with storage (!!!), and is compatible with other items in the Little Kingdom line, there’s the opportunity for lots of great pretending to inspire stories. All of the fantastic toys in the Dream Big, Princess line can be found at Toys “R” Us.
Make a Flower Pen That’s Perfect For a Princess
Princess inspired stories deserve a princess inspired pen. Ayva and I made flower pens to make writing her colorful stories even more fun. They’re so easy to make! You need fake flowers, floral tape (it’s called that), and a pen. Hold the stem of one flower next to the pen and use the floral tape to wrap it TIGHTLY. The tape is really cool because it sticks on itself. It’s only tacky to other floral tape. Keep wrapping until you get to the end, but make sure you leave enough space to be able to put the cap back on if you want to. You can make dozens of these lovely flower pens and give them out to all of the princesses in your life!
There’s a princess inside of all girls. There’s also a whole lot of potential, talent, and ability. Whether my princess grows up to continue loving to write stories, or her interest turns to something like running, science, computers, or whatever, I’ll be there there to remind my little girl to always dream big.
The Dream Big, Princess line isn’t hard to find at Toys “R” Us. Just look for the lively endcap! Thanks to my friend, Danielle Simmons from Simmworks Family Blog for the picture!