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My daughter is not a Princess!

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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!

NotKathyReichs Fri 03-May-13 22:31:05

Oh dear, my ds was called Hobbit for a few years. I dread to think of the subconsious effect that may have had.

Clearly my dd will be a spoilt brat and my ds will live underground, wear dubious jewellery and fight mythical creatures sad
Im a bad mummy.

PaWithABra Fri 03-May-13 23:50:16

we call the our baby daughter 'lill baby' or just 'baby'

do i lack imagination ?

Still18atheart Sat 04-May-13 00:03:38

Growing up I was as princessy as they come. But not once did my parent call me princess or my little princess etc ect.

CookieB Sat 04-May-13 00:27:10

Are you actually being serious? Yes I call my dd princess now and again. She knows she is not. I also call her a witch too. She knows she is not that either. She would rather be a cat and I let her be a cat when the mood takes her. Im 100% sure she will not be psychologically damaged by my encouragement.

mumnosbest Sat 04-May-13 00:43:40

I didn't grow up into miss piggy, a flower or a duck despite being called all 3. Princess is just a term of endearment surely! My dd is my little princess, little monkey or monster depending on her mood.

Flisspaps Sat 04-May-13 06:44:55

Now sexy is something that I take issue with, for little boys and girls...

financialwizard Sat 04-May-13 06:49:29

My dd is 'Her Ladyship' and DS 'His Lordship' only due to their entitled manner!

Bonsoir Sat 04-May-13 06:51:46

The princess thing is a phase that many, many little girls pass through. Deny it them at your peril!

BinksToEnlightenment Sat 04-May-13 06:59:01

It's a lovely nickname. What in the hell is wrong with making out your daughter is special? I suppose we could all be too equal for that and do them up in camo and call them Mudpie. How very right on.

Bigger problems in the world, guys!

Mariannesmum Sat 04-May-13 07:29:46

I frequently call my daughter 'sausage'...she is definitely not a sausage. I have a friend who calls her son 'little prince'. It reminds me of Alison Steadman in Gavin and Stacey!

threesypeesy Sat 04-May-13 08:22:34

My 3dds are all princesses to us. Infact at the age of 28 I am still called/treated and act like a princess spoiled brat

YABU its nothing to do with you what others wish to call their dcs or how they want them to grow up. You're daughter might not be a princess but lots of girls out there are to someone

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Sat 04-May-13 10:25:57

Flisspaps Sat 04-May-13 12:01:03

OhHull That's what I was referring to by the wanky makeover. Bastards.

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Sat 04-May-13 20:45:42

I thought so Fliss ! Thought it might clarify for a few why some people find the term Princess so frustrating.

IfNotNowThenWhen Sat 04-May-13 20:54:25

I like your DD's style breatheslowly grin
My ds said to me the other day "you can't tell me what to do. You're not the queen".
I soon put him straight.

NotYouNaanBread Sun 05-May-13 10:21:51

We told my MIL that we were calling DD2 Princess Princess. She is American witha somewhat underdeveloped sense of irony & is never quite sure about me anyway, so there was a long quiet pause at the dinner table while she tried to decide if we were serious or not.

CheshireDing Sun 05-May-13 10:48:54


Currently the only shoes that fit pfb feet are bright pink sparkly things AND I HATE that every time we go shoe shopping I had to specifically say to them "please bring out any boys shoes that fit too".

Sorry slight off on a tangent!

You could try calling your DD Trumpy Bum, it works in this house (although we may have to stop using it once she understands) grin

PatButchersEarring Sun 05-May-13 10:49:34

OP- I hear ya!

I thoroughly encourage my DD (nearly 4) to have greater aspirations than 'Princess'. If she refers to herself as one, I have tendency to reel of a list of far superior fantasy roles which don't involve being a doormat or are centred around 'looking the part'.

Thoroughly vomit inducing term IMO.


ChunkyChicken Sun 05-May-13 11:05:28

Not sure if YABU or not, but I do hate that particular term of endearment.

However, I'm not 'above' anyone when my dc are pickle, snausage, snausage dog, monkey, sir puke-a-lot, snuggle bum etc etc etc.

CookieB Sat 11-May-13 02:06:04

CheshireDing. Buy converse for daughter like I did. Everything looks gorgeous on a girl with simple white converse. My daughter is pinked up to the eyeballs and I dressed her in cute denims, trainers and tops until she could have a say. She never had these stupid oversized headbands ever. She is 5 now and loves nothing more than a frothy dress coupled with doc martens! She is a princess but she knows what she likes. She hates her hair being done apart from me French plaiting it everynight so it is curly. She is pretty much a punk with a penchant for leopard print. Let your kid be who you can afford her to be cos when I was I younger I didn't have a choice.

NotSoNervous Sat 11-May-13 02:33:07

YABU just because someone calls their DD a princess doesn't mean they don't want something that wil make them happy when their older. It isn't your child that's even been called a little princess so your completely OTT.

I call my DD my little princess because that's what she is to me, I don't expect anyone else too

manicinsomniac Sat 11-May-13 02:33:47

composhat - are you joking? St Andrews for the posh but thick?? It is a top university, on a par with Durham and Bristol. In fact it ranks 4th in the Guardian league table at the moment compared to Durham at 7 and Bristol at 18! And I went to Durham not St Andrews so I'm not biased. To say it isn't a top uni is crazy; along with Durham it's a favourite for Oxbridge rejects.

I don't care one way or the other about the princess thing.

AgnesBligg Sat 11-May-13 02:44:07

Ugh, at princess. My DD is Mr Pinkerton and quite right.

She however, at 3, practices floaty dancing with her eyes closed whispering 'I am a Princess'.

The daft cow.

Bogeyface Sat 11-May-13 02:44:23

I am 40 and my father still calls me "princess", because it is a term of endearment. I use it with my own DD's because it means that they are special to me, thats it.

I think you are reading far too much into it.

Bogeyface Sat 11-May-13 02:45:44

Agnes and you think that calling her a "daft cow" in jest is less offensive than calling her a princess in love?

THat is horrible.

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