I have 2 DD's--a 3.5yo and a 1yo. As some background, I have never liked the idea of Princess stuff and the whole craze surrounding it. I am not against characters as a whole as I feel like my DD has learned from Elmo and Dora but the whole princess thing really turns me off. There is nothing, in my opinion to be learned from it.
I currently work at a company that makes jewelry for little girls and also some dress up clothes, including Disney princess, Dora, Barbie etc. I brought home a lot of hair and jewelry stuff and my DD LOVES playing with it and putting a lot on etc. She also loves the dress up stuff. For a long time it was an occasional thing for her to dress up and get "pretty" but now it is becoming VERY frequent. We don't tell her she looks like a princess or anything like that but we do allow her to dress up and SHE says it. There is a little girl at daycare (her best friend and the only other girl her age) that is very much into princess and her parents totally encourage it. It is really rubbing off on my DD as she talks about "going to the ball" and other things that we have never said. She also really likes putting on make-up and told me the other day that she wasn't pretty yet because she didn't have make up on.
That was a turning point for me where I feel like I have totally gotten away from what I wanted for her and that I did this. How can I fix this? I know I can take it all away but I feel really bad considering how much she loves it but am planning to take away at least the dress up stuff. I know that we can't do much about the girl at daycare but what can I do to fix this or is it inevitable?
Thanks for any tips you might have.