Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is releasing on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD on October 7th, and it has me thinking about how I want to encourage my own princess to follow her dreams! In the movie, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil Maleficent to die by her 16th birthday. Her parents, of course, want to prevent this at all cost, so they send Aurora away to live an incredibly sheltered life with three fairies.
If you know the story, you know that despite the fairies’ best intentions, Aurora still ends up pricking her finger and falling into a deep sleep. Since it is a Disney fairy tale, it does of course have a “happily ever after” ending, but the overall theme got me thinking about how we, as parents, may hold back our own children and how we can instead encourage them to dream!
Encouraging my princess to dream
Parents, by nature, want to protect their children. While none of us (hopefully!) will ever have to deal with an evil fairy’s curse, we all know that there are so many other dangers out there. It’s too easy to just decide to shelter our kids from everything and hide them in a forest. If you can get fairies to watch over them, even better, right?
Rather than sheltering our daughters, though, isn’t it better to teach them how to stand up for themselves and go after their dreams? How can we do that when all we want to do is wrap them in a bubble? Here are a few tips:
- Give them independence…or the illusion of it. Let your daughter be independent as often as possible. Don’t hover! If she’s too young to send off picking berries in the enchanted forest alone, then at least give her the illusion of independence. Hang back and see where her journey takes her! If trouble arises, THEN step in.
- Let her dream big. Little princesses have BIG imaginations! Encourage those dreams, even if they seem impossible. For example, if she comes to you and tells you that she’s going to be the first woman to walk on Jupiter, don’t squash her dreams by telling her that, as a gas planet, it has no surface to walk on. Encourage her to think of ways around those obstacles!
- Help her find her passion. My own princess has many passions. She loves to dance! She is a creative artist too! I give her plenty of opportunities to explore these interests, as well as any others that she may come to me with.
- Discover enchantment together. Spend time bonding with your daughter over your favorite fairy tales and stories. Rediscover the magic that captured your imagination as a child, then share that with your own princess. Watching Disney’s Sleeping Beauty together is a great way to launch a discussion about following your dreams! You may just be reminded of your own childhood dreams and rediscover a passion that you let go over the years.
Share Disney’s Sleeping Beauty with Your Princess
Remember, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is available on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD on Oct 7. Order now and share Disney’s ultimate fairy tale with your daughter! This is the first time it’s available on digital HD! Also be sure to check out Disney’s Sleeping Beauty on Facebook!
What is your favorite theme from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty?