You know how sometimes a certain theme or topic keeps reoccurring in your life and it keeps coming up enough that you feel like you should stop and devote some time to it? Well lately for me that has been the topic of little girls going through a ‘Princess Phase’. I have several friends and acquaintances who have little girls between the ages of 3-5. They have each told me on separate occasions that their little girl is going through a SERIOUS Princess Phase and they sort of roll their eyes when they tell me.
But what really made me take notice was one of those people saying that they don’t really know how their girl became obsessed because they don’t let her watch TV and rarely any Hollywoodmovies. He said he recognized that she had seen the Princess paraphernalia in stores, and her friends were into them, but he was just surprised that she got SO into it, when they didn’t even encourage it in their house.
So the question becomes; is there something inherently within little girls that kicks in around this age and they are completely drawn to super girly things and fairy tales? Is it the gender part of their psyche taking hold and staking it’s claim? GIRL! OR is it the Disney marketing empire, shoving it’s princess crap at girls of this impressionable age everywhere you go and you just can’t escape it?
And of course there is the appeal of the fairy tale in which the Princess lives, where everything turns out wonderfully and it’s all pink, and rainbows, pet tigers, and vodka . . . oh wait, that’s MY fairy tale.
So that part does make sense. Princesses are involved in good bedtime stories and happy endings.
But is there more to this fascination? Have you noticed most girls go through this phase? Why do you think that is?