How does the saying go? "Kids say the darndest things?"
Well when you're a party princess, you learn it's not just a saying - it's a fact.
And there's always one little one that loves asking these questions more than all the others. Most of them are easy to handle like "Is your hair fake?" and "Are you real?" (Read my answer to that one here: "Are You Real?")
But when they start to ask questions like "Are your parents really dead?" or "Why was [enter villain's name here] so mean?" it takes a careful balancing act to answer.
It's important to me to give them an explanation that also comes from the heart; tying in their emotions to the story in order to answer it the best way I can.
Perhaps this little one has lost a parent or is facing a bully so they can connect to this character more than others.
So my responses go a little something like this...
"Yes, my mother has passed and it makes me sad to talk about. But then I remember she's still with me here *touches heart* and it allows me to face my challenges with courage knowing she's so close to me."
And when it comes to bullies?
"Well, people who are mean are often the ones who are hurting the most. It's important to treat everyone with kindness but to also speak up when we see that their actions are unkind."
These princesses represent so many wonderful qualities and I quite enjoy sneaking in valuable life lessons from their stories into my answers to the more difficult questions.
So for today, I'll leave you with an inspirational Cinderella quote, "have courage and be kind."
Next week, let's discuss the funnier questions little ones ask. There's truly never a dull moment as a princess performer!
But for now, this is my princess perspective...