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"The Princess Problem offers sound, sensible, and parent-tested advice for helping children thrive in today's consumer culture."—JO B. Paoletti, author of Pink and Bl...
"The Princess Problem offers sound, sensible, and parent-tested advice for helping children thrive in today's consumer culture."—JO B. Paoletti, author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America
How to Raise Empowered Girls in a Princess World
It's no secret that little girls love princesses. Behind the twirly dresses and glittery crowns, however, sits a powerful marketing machine, encouraging obsessive consumerism and delivering negative stereotypes about gender, race, and beauty to young girls. So what's a parent to do?
The Princess Problem features real advice and stories from parents, educators, psychologists, and children's industry insiders to help equip every parent with skills to navigate today's princess-saturated world. As parents, we do our best to keep pop culture's most harmful stereotypes away from our kids, but contending with well-meaning family members and sneaky commercials can thwart us.
The Princess Problem offers language to have honest conversations with our children and shows us how to teach them to be thoughtful, open-minded people.
"Her ideas and suggestions on how parents can help their children navigate the overwhelming princess marketing, media, and negative stereotypes are refreshing receptive...Parents—this is a must read."—Brenda Chapman, writer/director, Disney/Pixar's Brave
“The Princess Problem was an informative and engaging read. The tone throughout was friendly. I felt like the author completely understood where I was coming from, and the ideas s...
“The Princess Problem was an informative and engaging read. The tone throughout was friendly. I felt like the author completely understood where I was coming from, and the ideas suggested were appropriate and not at all overwhelming. I really enjoyed reading this book!” - Rebecca Reads
““The Princess Problem” is such a beacon of light for parents trying to navigate through the fog of their daughter’s princess obsessions...Hains’ book offers concrete tips, from introducing a variety of toys beyond the princess centric to working with your child on creating a healthy media diet.” - Los Angeles Times
“Hains’s dissection of princess marketing reveals inherent gender stereotypes, centered on romance, beauty, passivity (at least until Frozen), and ethnic homogeneity...Hains adds to the discussion with these practical parenting tips” - Publishers Weekly
“Media and marketers bombard girls at ever-younger ages with "fun" products that promote pernicious stereotypes. So what's a parent to do? Enter Rebecca Hains, a wise, optimistic guide through the princess industrial complex. The Princess Problem is an indispensable tool kit, full of concrete, practical advice. I only wish it had been around when my daughter was in preschool!” - Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter
“The Princess Problem offers sound, sensible and parent-tested advice for helping children thrive in today's consumer culture. Hains… lays out a family-centered strategy for raising media-smart kids.” - Jo B. Paoletti, author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America
“Blending fact, analysis, and compelling research with expert interviews and eye-opening narratives from actual moms, Rebecca Hains paints a troubling picture of princess culture and media messaging. But like a true fairy godmother, she swoops in to mentor parents on how to rescue girls from the diabolical clutches of the self-serving marketing machine by offering real-world solutions and teachable techniques to counter its effects.” - Jen Jones, Co-Founder & Managing Editor, WomenYouShouldKnow.net
“Ms.Hains has given us a very insightful look at our princess culture. And she doesn’t stop there. Her ideas and suggestions on how parents can help their children navigate the overwhelming princess marketing, media and negative stereotypes are refreshingly perceptive. She points out the problem and offers realistic solutions. Parents – this is a must read!” - Brenda Chapman, Writer/Director, Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE
“With warmth, humor, and in-depth research, The Princess Problem thoughtfully explores the production of princess culture, its impact on children, and why we should all care about it. As an expert in media literacy for children, Hains provides concrete and effective (and often fun) strategies and activities to help parents raise girls and boys who are confident, critical, and compassionate.” - Chyng Sun, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Media Studies, McGhee Division, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University, and the producer of documentary film Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood, and Corporate Power
Length: 8.25 in
Width: 5.5 in
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Page Count: 336 pages