Dads who call their daughters their “little princess” have gotten a lot of flack for sending the wrong message to young girls—but a viral Twitter post defending the nickname is proving they might actually be onto something.
Originally shared on Tumblr by user constant-instigator, author Greg Hogben recently brought the very relevant post back into the social media spotlight with a tweet captioned, “How to parent a princess,” on February 9.
In the original post, the author explains that while she understands the criticism of the princess culture, her dad, who she calls her “royal advisor,” saw it in a different light.
“He would come to me, and over tea we would discuss the problems of the kingdom,” she wrote, describing that some of the problems included new people moving in or teddy bears and dolls fighting over the enchanted forest. “Basically, he took the trappings of the princess culture, and used it as a tool to teach me about leadership, civic responsibility, and compassion.”
She then offers words of advice to dads based on what her own father did: “Consider helping [your daughter] figure out how to run her kingdom. There’s no sense in telling a kid they can’t be a leader, or that they can’t wear sparkles while they do it.”
Hogben’s tweet has nearly 2,000 likes as users praise the princess parenting style. “I used to be an election official and a guy in my neighborhood was raising his princess the same way,” one user writes. “She was learning all about her duties to her subjects… she had to wave to people equally and be kind and learn about government at the voting place.”
How to parent a princess. pic.twitter.com/6DCaKzm1ut
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 9, 2019