The Disney Princesses have invaded my life. My kids wear Disney princess underwear, eat Disney princess crackers and lug Disney princess suitcases. When I go to Wal-Mart little hands stop me every five feet when they see a new product with the princesses' syrupy smiles on the packaging.
I have mixed feelings about this little obsession my children have. Half of me is disappointed that my kids couldn't choose better role models (Susan B. Anthony? Mary Fielding Smith? Harriet Tubman? Come on!), but the other half of me is grateful to have another "lever" to pull when things get out of hand. ("Cinderella is a hard worker--she always takes her dishes to the sink." "Do you think Sleeping Beauty gets out of her bed after bedtime? Are you kidding?" )
But really, do they HAVE to have the princesses EVERYWHERE? Is there any way out of this? Is there any way a mother can steer clear of mass marketing that elbows its way into the lives of our defensless five-year-old girls? Why can't they sell Susan B. Anthony panties, anyway??
I would welcome and appreciate your opinions on this. Is marketing for children getting out of hand, or should I go with the flow? Will my girls become preening snobs if I indulge them in their princess fantasies or will this just be a harmless phase?
Your thoughts? The floor is yours for comments.