Monday, June 29, 2009

Thumbs Up for The Princess Protection Program

Hey Everybody,

I hope you got a chance to see Disney's new TV-movie, "The Princess Protection Program" over the weekend. I loved it! For a secular, Disney movie, in many ways it really conveys to girls what being a princess is all about. My favorite line was when Demi Lovato's character said, "I will turn the other cheek, because that is what princesses do." When was the last time you heard that piece of truth spouted off in our vengeful, "payback" world? Viewers were also treated to a montage of true princess behavior: serving others. My, my, my. Unbelieveable! The bad girls were really bad (positively wicked!), and the good girls were really real, and the princess was, in fact, quite royal. And the one who seemed to be a prince, alas, was not, because he was not beautiful on the inside.

Other positive elements included the sweet relationship between the father-daughter characters, Major Mason and Carter. Per Disney's usual m.o., the mother was absent without explanation. My favorite line from the dad in this movie was when he told the princess, "I'm here to protect you, but you need to trust me." (Oh heavens, how many times have I heard that from my Heavenly Father! I need to trust Him!) "The Princess Protection Program" did not end with a guy and girl getting together and a magical kiss--no, this movie ended by celebrating a girl's right to be valued for who she is. You've got to love that!

This week, I'm going to be talking about how you can establish your own "Princess (and Prince!)Protection Program," with several posts on purity. Defining purity for our children is not going to be easy in today’s culture. Our kids' purity is tried and tested at every turn. Kisses are easily squandered, and “true love” is portrayed as common fare. It is important to give our children a perspective of purity by starting conversations early on, understanding the cultural battle we are up against, and practicing the power of prayer. I would love for you to join in the discussion!

For today, please share with me your thoughts on the movie, if you saw it. If you didn't get a chance to see it, is there a movie that you do like sharing with your daughter or son that promotes a purity perspective? Do tell!



Mommy to Constance said...

I have not heard of that movie but it does sound like something worthy of watching. As for other movies that depict similar issues…nothing really comes to mind. However there is a book called, "The Princess and the Kiss" by Jennie Bishop. It is all about saving the precious gift of your first kiss for the man God has chosen. There is also a book out that deals with purity for boys but I have not read that one yet.

Rebecca Ingram Powell said...

I love that book! And the one for boys, "The Squire and the Scroll" is great too. Did you know that there are devotional books that go along with them? "Life Lessons from the Princess and the Kiss" and "Life Lessons from the Squire and the Scroll" by Susan Henson correspond beautifully to get your child investigating God's Word behind the principles these books espouse.

Chatty Kelly said...

Well, you beat me to it! I was going to mention Princess & the Kiss. My daughters saw this Disney movie over the weekend, but I didn't see it yet. So I will look forward to watching it with them, when they watch it the 2nd, 3rd, or millionth time they watch it!

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