Somehow, some minuet portion of your DNA had a sliver of diva in it and that is the part that mother nature picked to be your offspring. To say you didn't see this coming would be an understatement.
These waters are uncharted and all your parental navigation tools are set at a much less frilly frequency.
Of course it concerns you when your daughter asks for "the pink one." Of course you cringe when she insists that her name is Elsa. But this is where we are. Let's deal with it.
Here's some tips to lean on when you're lost:
Don't force her to be something she's not
She is who she is. And let's be real honest. You love her. Glitter and all.
Let her grow and discover who she is with unconditional love. It's okay to ask her to try new things and get dirty but if she's morally opposed. Don't push it. Who knows, maybe it's just a phase.
Teach her about real-life princesses
There is a lot more to being a princess than looking fabulous all the time.
I almost (almost) would suggest watching the Miss America Pageant with your princess … listening intently to all the good these gorgeous babes want to do for the world.
Let her be her stylish self
Haven'tyou ever been a teansie-bit amazed at those women who look magnificent all the time? The ability to dress yourself immaculately is a gift that I'm betting their mother's didn't squash when they were dancing around covered in puffy tool and plastic jewelry.
Consider this acceptance a gift from you, to your daughter.
Be proud of her
You've been making fun of princesses your whole life. It's fun. They're easy targets (because they're so shiny). You're good at it. It's time to stop. Sorry.
The time has come to "let it go" and embrace the fact that you're a grown-up now and your daughter is a beautiful person who is going to grow up and do something incredible for the world.
Tea Parties are a perfect time to re-connect
She's engaged. She's happy you're involved. Can you think of a better time to connect with a princess? Me neither.
You read that right.
Now I'm not saying you should go off and become a princess yourself. No. That would be weird. What I am saying is that relationships are full of compromises. If you are asking her to do things outside of her comfort zone then it is only reasonable that you also do a few things outside of yours.