Finding Their Voice

The Disney Princesses have a spot secured in the hearts and minds of most little girls I know.
I grew up watching Disney movies, back before the ‘Disney Princess’ theme came around, but I adored the girls in the movies I watched growing up: Belle, Jasmine, and especially Ariel.
I don’t know what it was about The Little Mermaid that I had such an addiction to, but I was in 4th grade when it came out, and I was all about it.  From Sleeping Bags and Posters to sheets and yes…a warm-up outfit.  (You know, one of those track suits that swish-swished when you walked?) I totally had one of those, and it was The Little Mermaid.
I swore I sang just like her.

Now that I’m a mom of little girlies, I get to relive those fun memories as my kids watch the same movies that I did.  Ivy especially loves the Princess Movies.  For her 3rd birthday last year, I took her to Disneyland all by herself to meet the princesses.  Her Favorite?  Ariel!
She was enamored.  She almost didn’t have the courage to hold her hand and smile.

I love that Ivy adores these princesses, more specifically, Ariel.
All of them set wonderful examples for our young girls. They are each talented in different ways, they have dreams and goals and they work hard to achieve them.

As I was sitting with Ivy tonight watching The Little Mermaid (mouthing every word, as I have the entire film put to memory from the many times I watched it as a little girl) I was throwing thoughts back in forth in my head like:
“As a parent I set rules, just as King Triton did, and I expect my kids to respect those rules.  Is Ariel setting a good example to my girls about not obeying her parents?”
And then I thought:
“Ariel has this dream of who she wants to be, and what she wants to do with her life…it’s not the same as what her dad wants…does that make it wrong?”
It’s totally out of context, but no…as much as I want my kids to follow the guidelines that my husband and I set whether by word or example, I do want them to have goals and have their own dreams to shoot for.  Hopefully the two will intertwine.  One of my favorite people said it best: “I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.” (Joseph Smith)

I just think that’s our goal as parents to lead by setting a good example, teach them correct principles, and in doing so, our children can correctly choose their own path, and we can know that we’ve done our best.
I want my kids to find their own path, to do and be what makes them happy.  I want them to find their voice as Ariel did.
What are your thoughts on how you encourage your children to find their own voice?  Any gems for me that I can integrate into my regime as a mom?

PS…The Little Mermaid is coming out for the first time on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on October 1st, get excited!  Now you can share one of Disney’s modern-classics with your family.

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