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The Princess Obsession

The princess obsession, an article about children dressing up for roleplay.

Is your daughter going through the princess phase?

Almost every girl at some point will go through a princess obsession and will fall in love with a Disney movie or some beautiful dress-up costume.  When we were little we lived in the same fairytale story of the beautiful princess being saved by Prince Charming, but now things changed. Disney moved away from the little lady who needed to be saved to independent women who saved their country, the importance of sisters and their bond and friendships.

Some may suggest that Disney princesses focus mainly on beauty which is not great for little girls growing up as they see them as role models. However, if we look into it in more depth we can see Belle, a beautiful woman who is also smart and loves books. Mulan fights for her country, whilst Pocahontas tries everything in her power to protect her community as well as teach the importance of learning about different cultures. In today’s generation of movies, we have princesses fighting for what they believe in like Merida from Brave or Moana. We also have Tiana who never gave up on her dream to open a restaurant even though she becomes a princess. Little girls might see beautiful women, amazing dresses and all those lovely songs, but it isn’t just about beauty.

Teaching children about different cultures

Disney Princess movies can also teach our little girls about different cultures and countries. For example, Tiana who comes from an African background, or Pocahontas who is Indian American, Mulan from China, and Merida from Scotland. There is so much to learn from all these princesses other than just beauty. As a parent when watching these movies we can use them as an opportunity to discuss these things with our children, and teach them about other countries and cultures to make it a learning instrument as well.

In one of our blogs we spoke about the importance of role play and one of our points was talking about dressing up. So why can dressing up as a princess be so important? It doesn’t just have to be princesses, roleplay can be anything! A dragon, a pirate, or even a chef. To us it looks only like playtime but for our children, it benefits them physically, socially, and emotionally.

Language – dressing up will help them develop new words or use the words they learned in their favourite movie while dressing up as that character. They may sing the words from their favourite Disney movie again and again………and again! This also helps to improve their memory, and they will also learn to use the new words they learned in different contexts.

Empathy – Dressing up may teach your child to take care of other people or animals. For example if they dress up as a vet they will help cure their teddies, whilst as a mother they take care of their baby, or maybe even a police officer will helping someone in danger.

Motor skills – This is probably not the first thing you think of when your child dresses up, but it takes a lot of skill to put on a dress, close the buttons, and perhaps fix on the cape. Or maybe your child puts on a tiara, fixes their hair, and puts on their favourite dress shoes. If they are playing dress up to a military theme you can be sure there will be a lot of running around also!

Imitation – How many times have you seen your daughter say the same things the princess does in their favourite movie or act just mimic her movements? it can be quite impressive sometimes!

Imagination – Perhaps the most important skill? Children’s imagination is endless, with research showing that an adult who used their imagination a lot as a child will have the key to creative thinking.

Here at Mamiina we love princesses, especially as our daughter is currently going through the princess obsession, which is why we now stock the most beautiful dresses you will ever see! They were created by Lucy, a local mother and businesswoman who had a hard time finding good quality dress-up clothes for her children, so she decided to create and design her own! The quality is amazing and they fit in perfectly with the high standard we look for in all our products! You can view our range of princess dresses and accessories here which are sure to satisfy your child’s princess obsession!

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