Is your little girl drowning in princesses? Its on many of her favorite shows and across other media outlets. Halloween is saturated with Princess costumes, the toy store has so many princess themed toys and games are about little girls being a princess. What does a princess signify? Wealth, beauty and success. But we as a society can offer more to our girls, so much more.

Author Rebecca C.Haines has written The Princess Problem, a constructive book for parents who want to guide their little girls through the world of princess saturation. This book is packed with advice and real stories from parents, educators and psychologists (not to mention a few children’s industry insiders) to give parents the tools they need to guide their girls around the princess hype.

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Our favorite chapter is The Problem With Gender Stereotypes. We liked the idea of Establishing A Healthy Media Diet. This book does not only highlight the Princess Problem, but gives parents effective tools to orchestrate around it.

We also like engaging children, both boys and girls, in what they think the media is trying to say about them. If they are going to spend any amount of time watching television or movies, then they should be educated on what the media is saying.

If you have a little girl, or even a little boy who may be confused with the Prince Charming/Princess situation, please pick up this book. Children as young as two start noticing what is surrounding them. It is never too late to address the Princess Problem.

The Princess Problem is an honest book that gives parents a practical approach to the media and what it conveys to their children. There is just too many good points to mention, so you will have to pick up a copy yourself.

Take back your household and raise children that want to Stand Out and not just fit in.


About the Author:Rebecca C. Hains, PhD, is a professor of media studies at Salem State University. She researches girls’ media culture, and over the years, she has heard from countless parents about their princess-related parenting struggles. She has been published or quoted in a range of media, including the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Today’s Parent, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. She blogs at and lives north of Boston with her husband and two children.