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This weekend my daughter celebrated her 5th birthday, and we started the day off in true princess fashion, with a princess makeover! My girls love having "girl time", and I cherish moments like this because they afford me opportunities to talk to them about beauty and growing up. In a beauty obsessed world, it is important to me that my daughters understand true beauty. While we all enjoy dressing up, if we aren't dressed up on the inside, there isn't enough make-up in the world, or a pretty enough gown to make us truly beautiful.
Before I ever had my first child, I dreamed of the day I would share my love of Disney Princesses with her. After all, Belle and Ariel were on my mind daily as a child and into my tween years. After having my daughters, I quickly learned that letting your Christian daughters play with Disney Princesses can be a source of division among Christian moms. As a new Christian, kept quiet and tried to figure out what all the fuss was about. I'll be honest, I never figured it out! As a matter-of-fact, I have allowed my girls to fall in love with Disney Princesses and often reference them when teaching my daughters lessons on character.
These are just a few of my favorite lessons, I plan to write more on these in the future.
Ariel- Ariel was brave and curious. She had a passion for learning new things and taking chances. I want my daughters to love learning. I also want them to be fearless when it comes to trying new things and exploring new places.
Belle- Belle loved to read, and wasn't afraid to be different. I think my favorite thing about Belle was her love for her father, and willingness to sacrifice her own life for his. Now that is a powerful message, and one that I use to help my girls understand both what Christ did for them, and what loving Christ should look like in our own lives.
Tiana- Tiana didn't grow up in a wealthy family, she was a dreamer. and a hard worker. Tiana didn't expect her dreams to be handed to her on a silver platter so she worked hard to make her dreams come true.
Rapunzel - Rapunzel was creative in every way imaginable. She spent her days alone and locked in a tower and yet managed to fill those days with painting, singing, cleaning, taking care of her pet and herself, baking, and reading. This girl did it all, and she didn't sit around talking about how bored she was.
Cinderella - Cinderella's life was completely unfair. When she could have been living the good life, she spent her days taking orders and serving others. Even though this wasn't the life Cinderella should have lived she lived out her circumstances with a cheerful attitude and respected the authorities in her life.
You see, these are just a few of the lessons I want to teach my girls, but in every film, there are so many lessons to be learned. With all of that said, I am 100% ok with the fact that my daughters want to be Disney Princesses.
After my girls had their princess makeover and dressed up in their Princess Halloween costumes, we stopped by Walmart to pick up a the Sleeping Beauty DVD. My girls have never seen Sleeping Beauty, and I have only seen it once, so we were all pretty excited!
Once I dropped the girls off, I ran back to Walmart to pick up some American Greetings Disney Princess party supplies so I could surprise Anna. When I got home, I sent them upstairs to play while we decorated for her party. Her reaction was perfect! She was so excited and loved her Disney Princess party!
After the party, Anna begged me to keep the decorations so she could put them in her room, which I did. Normally I would just toss decorations after a party, but these princess decorations were so cute, I hated to get rid of them. I think they actually look really good! What do you think?