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Powerful Princesses!

Happy Back-to-the-Blog Day!!

We have been absent for a WHILE…our royal apologies. We have been so busy creating all sorts of magical memories with kiddos all across Texas, now we finally are stepping back into our blog-glass slippers! (Hopefully we don’t lose them on the steps of the palace any time soon).
We are officially coming back to the blog with tips, tricks, news, updates, and all around general things happening with My Magical Memory, Austin, TX and BCS Events, and all things magical!
First things first, our back-to-the-blog post is a topic we have been wanting to chat about for a LOOOOOONG time now:

“I would love to have a Character at my birthday party, but Princesses are too girly for my daughter.”

“I have boys going to my party, they would hate having a Princess there.”

“I want my daughter to be strong and independent, having a Princess at my party goes against that.”

Here’s the thing: we understand why this this might be some parents first reaction to these circumstances.
We know that most of our Characters have glittery sparkly gowns and that it may not be exactly what your little girl likes to wear. We get that some boys aren’t a fan of twirling and learning how to courtesy. We understand that there’s a lot about “princess culture” that’s problematic.
BUT…

Here are our reasons why My Magical Memory takes all those ideas on “princess culture” and turns them from a pumpkin into a magical, shining, horse-drawn carriage:

 “I want my daughter to be strong and independent, having a Princess at my party goes against that.”

Both of these ideas are just a small example of a general fear of how the princess narrative influences girls in a culture that often puts more emphasis on how a girl looks and behaves than on how she acts and thinks.
But…what WE love to talk more about with the children we meet are about the characteristics of the princesses — the great things they do, as opposed to what they look like, or what girls look like when they dress up like them.
Our characters at My Magical Memory call out ALL the good qualities of the character that is attending the event or birthday party: Ex. “She’s pretty and she’s so smart! Look– Belle always has a book in her hands. Anna is really a problem solver. ” The list goes on!

“I have boys going to my party, they would hate having a Princess there.””I would love to have a Character at my birthday party, but Princesses are too girly for my daughter.”

Let’s just put this out there–not all boys like Princesses , not all girls like Superheroes. BUT…we should never make assumptions. Some of my favorite parties as a Princess were getting to paint a Princess Crown with sparkles on the Birthday Girls older brother, who was actively and happily participating the entire time! I’ve also loved having Spiderman come to a little girl’s birthday party, where all of her friends were dressed as their favorite hero!

Young boys with higher princess exposure are less likely to shun “girly” things for “boy” driven toys. Young girls with higher superhero exposure are less likely to shun “manly” things for the “girly” toys. It goes both ways!

Both young girls and boys start to exhibit more balanced interests, which can help relate to a variety of different people down the road. Boys who watched movies such as “Frozen” or “Cinderella” are more likely to help out at school, share, and become much more emotionally connected to their peers. Princess engagement provides important models of femininity to young boys, who are typically exposed to masculine toys/characters/etc! Girls may be more likely to envision themselves in leadership roles and gain more confidence when they see themselves reflected in superhero movies and television shows.

So…to wrap up our thoughts….

My Magical Memory believes that in addition to wearing fancy dresses, twirling, getting makeovers, and putting on our superhero suits and fighting crime – – young girls and young boys are also young women and young men in training to rule their very own kingdoms in a way that encourages the strengths of all genders towards a more inclusive and accepting world! 

“We promote Intelligence, Curiosity, Hope, Kindness, Faith, Adventure, and Dreams in ALL of our Princes & Princesses! We are more than just a picture, we are a real life example of pure magic.”

with sparkles & magic,

Queen Sarah

 

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