Percolating Princess

I have received several emails from mothers worried about their daughters’ fascination with princess culture . (see comment below). Let me know what you think about your daughters, sons and society’s overall fascination with materialism and what “success” looks like to them. Anyone care to comment about the fairy tale character Ariel? – Cary Broussard ….Many of my friends including me are doctors and engineers. We were very worried how “into” princesses our 2,3,4 year old daughters are and were worried about the messages they were getting. Your analogies are wonderful and make us feel a lot better about the whole princess thing. By the way, Ariel is now one my daughter’s favorite – do you have a lesson from Ariel? I never would have thought of most of the analogies you drew, and I learned so much. Thanks again for a great book and congratulations on a stellar career. I feel proud of you, even though I don’t know you personally. ….Yes, my parents drilled into both my sister’s and my head from a young age never to rely on a guy for money, so I hope to pass that message on to my daughter. Yet my friends and I felt overwhelmed competing with the massive marketing machine for the Disney princesses and I feel your book helped us compete on a more even playing field. (By the way, did you see the recent – around December, 2006-New York Times article along similar lines.) – Jane, Clearwater, Fla.

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