Disney Princess Phenomenon

Disney Princess Phenomenon

Disney Princess Phenomenon

Happy Independence Day to all our friends and families of Pediatric Care of KY!!! When all is said and done, this is still a great country, and we are blessed to live in it.

Just a quick reminder–be safe with fireworks! Some seem so innocent–like sparklers–which can reach 1000 degrees!!! (Interesting fact–did you know that more Americans have died celebrating the 4th of July than were killed in the Revolutionary War???).

I would like to share an interesting article from a recent study involving the “Disney Princess Phenomenon.” Parents have long suspected that a daughter’s involvement in the “Princess Culture” may make her more “girlie,” but now there is proof for both sexes: 198 girls AND boys were studied who were 5-6 years old. If they had high levels of “Princess Involvement” over the course of year–as defined as high levels of viewership of Disney Princess movies and level of play with Princess dolls and clothes–they were more likely to exhibit stereotypical “girl behavior,” including more quiet play, increased activities involving pretend cooking and cleaning, and risk avoidance…..is this a bad thing?? Not at all conjecture the authors; it probably makes for more well-rounded boys…..but what about the girls?? Many of the princesses exhibit behaviors that parents want to see in ALL children–such as fierce independence like in Mulan or Merida, or a feisty intellectualism as in Belle….even Cinderella has a certain “take-charge” or “can-do” attitude about her.

Happy 4th everyone!!!!!!!
Dr. Chuck and all