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This Mom Was Tired Of Princesses. So She Did Something About It.

Professor Setsu Shigematsu found her efforts at limiting her daughter's exposure to princess culture ineffective. When she refused to buy princess dolls for her then-3-year-old, they only became more desirable. Rather than trying to enforce an impossible ban, she decided to write her own princess story.That one story has grown into a whole series about princesses who get out there and solve problems, rather than waiting for a guy to save them. I think we can all agree that Prince Charming and his white horse haven't done much for us lately. Time to give the Guardian Princess Alliance a chance?

This Mom Was Tired Of Princesses. So She Did Something About It.
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It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and the back-to-school season is right around the corner. The school year is approaching fast and since many kids have been home pandemic schooling for the past year and a half the return of "normal" is likely to bring kids and parents alike some anxiety about what the return to school will look like.

We have all been living through an extended trauma and this past year has impacted us in ways that we may not even realize—and we may not come to realize the scale in which we have been altered for years to come. Just as we have been learning to cope and navigate the world during a global pandemic, so have our children. They've been expected to perform at pre-pandemic levels for quite some time; this doesn't negate their very real reality of pandemic life.

Kids have had to readjust socially, and in many children this has caused a loss of social skills and increase in social anxiety. With school quickly approaching and the push for schools to open back to full capacity, it's completely normal to have heightened anxiety around the traditional opening of schools. How we handle this anxiety and prepare our children for their own challenges can make all the difference between having a rocky start to an already stressful new school year.


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