Huffington Post's Carla Molina does not want you to call her daughter a "princess". Instead, need to be chosen carefully in order to "encourage an appreciation for their bodies, a deep sense of self-worth and an overwhelming sense of being wholly loved."
I've explained to my daughters how what and who we surround ourselves with plays a big part in influencing us. So I tell them if they like princesses, choose the ones with admirable qualities. Choose the ones that empower them as little girls. None of this putting your life on hold until prince charming comes around. Fooey. I felt a bit like a fraud for tossing out "princess" with such little thought.
"Shy" is specifically negative while "princess" is positively vague. Not exactly the way to celebrate precisely how great my daughters are. I want there to be no doubt in their minds that they are always enough just as they are. So I bid adieu to "princess" (as well as "shy") and welcome words that rejoice in the gifts they were born with, the gifts they're still figuring out that I'm so lucky to witness. I believe labels have the potential to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I'd rather leave my daughters with words that will lift them up rather than words that just kind of leave them hanging.
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