My daughter is not a Princess!

(181 Posts)
DrSeuss Thu 02-May-13 20:09:04

Another reference on FB to a friend's "Little Princess.". Am I the only one who prefers to avoid this word? My two year old is bright, funny, cuddly, sometimes stroppy. I hope she grows up to be something that makes her happy, no idea what yet, just something she finds fulfilling. Why would I give her such an inane title? The Duchess of Cambridge, who I actually really like, has a degree from a top university. She now has no right to express an opinion and will always be second to her husband. Not really what I hope for in my daughter's life!

PoppyAmex Thu 02-May-13 20:40:48

YANBU - it's horrible and the connotations are grim.

50shadesofvomit Thu 02-May-13 20:41:57

Do you have a nickname for your daughter?
I have called my children"Lord" "Your Grace" or "Lady" when they are being bossy but they are generally known by other names like Sausage, Puppy and Professor normally. It's just an in-joke like them calling their "slave" or "The Queen" as a joke.

Annunziata Thu 02-May-13 20:56:56

I can't believe you affectionately call them Sausage. Imagine comparing your children to a piece of meat. And to associate food with praise! You're creating food issues.

See how ridiculous getting wound up over a name is?

mrsjay Thu 02-May-13 21:02:10

I really dont understand the whole my little princess thing at all It baffles me, call girls my whatever but princess hmm no

MrsMaryCooper Thu 02-May-13 21:03:08

DS is frequently called a precious lamb by older relatives. And grumpy drawers by me. Both true.

i call my dd all sorts of endearments, Princess among them.

I dont see what the problem is. Current favourite in this house is "Flowerpot", sometimes its Cheeky-Face or Monkeybuns. DS, mostly gets called "Mister" or "Little Man", occasionally "dude" or "bud"

You'll be complaining they're twee next.

Ya know what, i couldnt give a flying fuck what anyone thinks, whats it to you what i choose to call my children affectionately?

crashdoll Thu 02-May-13 21:05:02

I don't understand why people hate an affectionate name so much. I think some MNers just think they're above that, whatever 'that' may be.

beachesandbuckets Thu 02-May-13 21:05:23

My DD (2) started on this princess lark, but I have now brainwashed her to wanting to be a queen, which I have advised her is much better, you get to be in charge, boss people around and make your own decisions smile

wigglesrock Thu 02-May-13 21:06:19

DrSeuss but nobody is calling your daughter a princess - it's just the idea that some people you know might use it that you object to. Christ talk about borrowing problems.

grimbletart Thu 02-May-13 21:09:43

My elder DD was 'little sprocket' being very tiny but essential.

My younger DD was 'womble' because she always used to tut at litter in the street and pick it up and put it in a bin. grin

mrsjay Thu 02-May-13 21:11:41

I dont hate it but I dont understand honestly why princess ?

Chardonnay73 Thu 02-May-13 21:16:22

It makes me boak tbh shrugs I'm as girly as the next person but all that shizzle makes me feel sick...

DribbleWiper Thu 02-May-13 21:16:54

YANBU!

Horrid and sick-inducing. 'My Little Lady' also irritates me, although that's less rational.

Also loving Bunny's post!

kungfupannda Thu 02-May-13 21:28:36

Kansas - "Little man" got a slating on MN not that long ago.

I often call DS1 "little man" or more usually "wee man".

DS2 is currently known as "B-Pants". Don't ask. He's probably going to be scarred for life due to his parents demeaning him by reference to his undergarments....

catlady1 Thu 02-May-13 22:08:19

I call DD "Princess" on occasion. I call my lady cat "Princess" too, and now she sleeps on my pillow and makes her brother bury her poos for her.

PearlyWhites Thu 02-May-13 22:09:52

Op think you need to chill grin

My daughter has many nicknames but never bloody princess. Blech.

KikkiK Thu 02-May-13 22:10:53

My mum has been known to refer to me as Princess Grumpypants. I'm 32. hmm grin

Seriously though - OP, YANBU!

My girls are called "poo bot" or "poo bum" on a regular basis. Not sure what impact it will have on them in later life! They appear reasonably well adjusted at the ages of 6 and 8.

littleblackno Thu 02-May-13 22:12:59

I don't call my dd a princess but, she calls me your majesty.

5madthings Thu 02-May-13 22:14:25

I am going to pit dd I'm her "this princess is guarded by four big brothers" top with stripey leggings and a pink tutu tomorrow just because of this thread grin

My dad called me princess and my name ,means princess, which I took great delight in as my sisters name meant bluey green plant of the moors, sons crap meaning in comparison grin

Fgs some of you are over thinking, I still call my sister toadface, she is nearly 30 an ddoesnt appear to be harmed by it.

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Thu 02-May-13 22:16:28

Neither of my daughters is a princess. I can't stand it myself.

It's not about giving them silly nicknames. It's about the fact that princess is an awfully passive stereotype. I don't think people are thinking of Kate MIddleton when they say that- it's all Disney princesses and floaty passivity.

I've never heard anyone refer to their little prince. But even then, princes are dashing heroes who do stuff.

Kasterborous Thu 02-May-13 22:16:47

YANBU I never call my DD my princess. She doesn't fit the bill anyway.

cheekychalky Thu 02-May-13 22:18:32

If anyone calls my DDs "princess/es" I remind them that they are NOT royalty, that they will have to work hard at school, achieve good qualifications, get a job and pay taxes like the rest of us.

I can't stand the nn

YANBU

sooperdooper Thu 02-May-13 22:26:47

I find the whole 'princess' thing quite irritating, and like others have said its such a passive stereotype and it just seems so ubiquitous right now it shows little imagination for a nic name, I've always thought a nic name should be personal and mean something special

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