Do you remember when you were young, and all you wanted to be was a princess?
We knew we were pretty. We believed that the world was full of adventure, just waiting to be discovered. We understood our talents and what made us special. And when people gave us compliments, we accepted them whole-heatedly. In fact, we often reminded others of our achievements and strengths. Do you remember?
After I agreed to do the first sponsored post on my personal blog – ever – I pushed myself to discover why. But when I learned more about this company, Little Adventures product I was so impressed and I knew how excited my nieces and nephews would be when they received their favorite princess dress! And to make it even better, the new Beauty and the Beast movie was coming out right after I receive the dresses from Little Adventures and so we decided to go to the movie all dressed up!
“Little adventures started when two moms discovered the lack of clothing-quality dress-ups and princess costumes available for their children, they decided to take action. Jenny Harrison, mother of ten, and Heather Granata, mother of five, began their own little adventure by sewing and selling their very own dress-ups at local craft fairs. They made them soft and machine washable! They engineered them for everyday, all-day adventure! It didn’t take long for Jenny and Heather to realize the potential of their little endeavor. During their first year in business, they sewed over 2,000 dresses in Jenny’s basement…and with that, the Little Adventures brand was born.”
My favorite part was watching their faces glow, because they knew they were beautiful! We can all learn a thing or two from little girls. Often we push them to grow up and act more mature, but in that moment, something is lost that never really comes back. Sure, we can re-learn that we are beautiful, smart, funny, and fantastic, but once girls become older, we are inundated with ideas that challenge our self worth.
That’s why it’s important to enjoy our little ones while they are young. Tell them they are wonderful, every chance you get! I’ve heard some parents say that they “Don’t want their daughters to get too high of a self-esteem”, but NEVER worry about that! There are plenty of other people in the world that are willing to take hits at your daughter’s self worth and you don’t want to be one of them. Having raised six daughters, I can tell you this is true.
Carefully choose your words when complimenting them. Celebrate their personalities, not only their physical beauty. Although girls want to feel beautiful, this shouldn’t be the way they judge their worth. Talents aren’t only the ones that are easily spotted, like piano, soccer or ballet. We need to also share things like “strong”, “happy”, “giving”, “funny”, “patient” etc. You know your child better than anyone, so tell them the things you admire. When we study our mind, we understand that if we focus on our positive traits, we are more likely to strengthen ourselves overall. Basically, it is not uplifting to focus on our weaknesses all day, everyday, yet often when we listen to our self talk, we do it!
When you get the chance to dress up, do it! Dance with them, sing with them, play with them! I’ve spent time running away from my kids mentally and physically before, and I’ve spent time actively running toward them mentally and physically. Parenting is WAY more fun when you purposefully engage! We had so much fun at our princess party and we planned it just for fun. Just look at their faces! Oh, and the boys were so jealous about our party, we let them come last-minute and enjoy balloon swords and crowns.
AND I WANT TO GIVE A HUGE THANKS to my nanny, Kenzie! She has an amazing wedding planning and events company, and I take full advantage of her skills when I can! She is so talented with everything she does (do you remember my Harry Potter Halloween Party?!) Well, when she found out I’d be hosting a Princess party, she offered to decorate it so she could refer to our pictures when talking with clients. Her website is Kenzie’s Events – go and check her out to find her information. She’s priced wonderfully and oh, so talented! And finally, my daughter, Whitney, took all the photos and I edited them. She is so naturally talented and it gave me a chance to wrangle the kiddos and keep things flowing.
Oh, and remember to find Little Adventures online by visiting and liking their FACEBOOK PAGE.Their products are very well made and can even be washed in the washing machine! I can’t help but wonder why this is so uncommon for children’s dress-ups!