In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t have a princess-loving girl in your house, let me introduce you to Sofia.
Sofia is a girl from the village of Enchancia, whose mom (your average shoe cobbler) met and married the King of the land. All of a sudden, Sofia goes from an average life to the life of a princess. She and her mom move to the castle, find a new family, a new identity, and a new name.
Also, she talks to animals and goes to a school taught by Flora, Fauna, and Meriweather, the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. It’s seriously good TV, people.
I’ve read a lot lately about princess-free houses, and Jon and I have debated whether or not we should be exposing Emmy to shows like this. We’re taking each show/movie/toy one at a time and making a decision that we think is best for our family. And we firmly believe you should do that same.
But before you rule out sweet little Sofia, let me make a case for why she doesn’t deserve to be thrown to the curb. In fact, hear me out when I say that I actually think that this Disney show might be one of the best things your little girl could watch!
Why You Should Be Watching Sofia the First:
1. Sofia is a very sweet little girl. She is a good friend, a kind neighbor, and honestly a pretty great role model. When she’s wrong, she apologizes, and when she’s right, she’s humble. Both Emmy and I could learn a lot from her.
2. She only ever wears one outfit. It’s a great lesson in simplicity.
3. Sofia’s journey mirrors every Christian. Before you call me a heretic, stick with me for a second. She is adopted into the royal family, where she gets a dad who loves her as his own. She gets a new name, and a brand new identity. As she’s learning who she is now, she has a father who is devoted to teaching her, and a brother and sister who come alongside for support (and learn a few things themselves). She encounters obstacles, makes mistakes, and isn’t perfect. She learns and grows and does her best to live as the Princess that the King says she is. The sheer number of faith conversations this show could bring about is awesome!
4. Unlike most other princess shows, Sofia’s journey does not culminate in her being rescued by someone who has heard her sing one time and magically fallen in love with her. Instead, her entry into the royal kingdom is the beginning of her journey, and we get to watch as she figures out what it means to be a true princess.
5. She discovers that being a true princess is not about what you wear or what you look like, but about who you are. She values kindness, compassion, and character. Yes, please!
6. Many of your favorite Disney princess have made (or are going to make) appearances on the show. Not gonna lie, it’s kind of a thrill to see Cinderella again.
7. Purple, not pink. Enough said.
8. You get to watch as Sofia interacts with mean girls from across the spectrum – mean girls that stay mean, mean girls that appear mean but are really shy, and mean girls who just need to figure out the whole true princess thing too. Sofia must figure out the kind and loving way to handle each girl. Again, the conversations you can have with your daughters about friendships are priceless!
9. Instead of her friends, Sofia often goes to her mom or dad for advice. She listens to them, and trusts them. They appear to be wise, loving parents, who foster an open and honest relationship with their daughter. This is not one of those “mom and dad are stupid/evil/ignorant, ignore them!” shows. (As a disclaimer, she does sometimes consult her animal friends as well. They rarely steer her wrong, but still, they are animals.)
10. I think the “no princess zone” idea is a little extreme. If we’re monitoring the shows, engaging in conversation with our kids, and teaching them the truths of the Gospel, then why should we be afraid to let them dress up in gowns and tiaras? They are only little once, and their imaginations don’t need to be stifled. Honestly, I want my daughter to know she IS a princess, and that a true princess is all about kindness, character, and identity. I want her to know that her earthly daddy adores her, and that her Heavenly Daddy is the King of Kings. What on earth could be “dangerous” about that?
So, if you’d like, you can call me a heretic now. But honestly, while I believe in establishing firm boundaries and protecting your kids from the dangers of this world, I think one of the real dangers is drawing lines where there don’t need to be any. Let’s all relax a little bit, throw some popcorn in a bowl, and enjoy one of the few good shows left on TV, shall we?
What do you think? Is there anything else you’d add to this list? Do you allow princesses into your home? Any other shows you’ve found out there that pose good role models and great conversation opportunities?