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Old 06-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Is this special, or just creepy?

We just returned from Disney 5/2. Our trip could be published as the next volume of Lemmony Snickets series of unfortunate events. We had a great time, but have decided to return 12/1 to do a "make-up" Christmas Trip.

While we were in parks, my DD16 was wearing a generic "celebration" pin. She was approached by a beautiful Princess Belle (she may have been 4, and obviously fresh from BBB) while in line. The little princess politely told my DD "Happy Birthday". My daughter realized it must have been her pin that triggered the birthday wishes, rather than correct her, she immediately returned the magic. Without skipping a beat, she whipped out her autograph book, told the little princess she had been trying to meet her all day. She requested and autograph and a picture with the little darling. The little girl was TICKLED that my daughter wanted her autograph, she was almost in tears when she turned back around to explain to her family, and her mom mouthed "thank-you" to my daughter. After the reaction my DD randomly approached several other little princesses. Reactions were all similar to the first one, and I have some great pictures of my daughter with Mini-Princesses.

My daughter asked if she can do it again when we go back. I started thinking about it, and thought I would ask for advice. Any other time/location, I would FREAK out if a random stranger approached my young daughter, even more so when she was 4-9ish. *just to note, there was one little princess who may have been tired or shy...she obviously wasn't "into" it, my daughter just told her she looked beautiful, instead of the other spill.

So princess moms, help me out. Is it ok for some random teenage girl to approach your princess and request an autograph and picture?
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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The answer can vary with each particular child and her parents.

I'd be very careful.

(Quietly asking the parent(s) BEFORE you approach the child directly might save some embarrassment all around.)
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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I agree with Robo - the only possible exception being when you are forced together in close porximity (like a queue). In a queue, it is natural to talk to those around you. However, walking up to a child from out of no where and talking to him/her could set of a protective "mamma bear".
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:17 PM   #4
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As a mom to 2 small princesses (age 3 and 4) I think asking for an autograph is a very nice and cute gesture. Asking for a picture, I'd be less open to. I honestly don't know how I'd respond, but I wouldn't really be okay with that.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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As sweet as it is, if your daughter approached my little one and did that I would not be too pleased about it. In the initial situation I thought it was sweet and special.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #6
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I'm a mother to two little girls (3 & 5). They would be thrilled to have requests for their autograph, and I wouldn't mind a bit.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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The above posts bear out my hypothesis.


Be safe. Quietly ask permission of the parent(s.)
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #8
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How sweet of your daughter! The autograph is cute and special. I would not be ok with random people wanting pictures of my girls.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:27 PM   #9
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A agree with the other Mama Bears.

The initial situation where she was responding to the little girl's interaction was sweet, but randomly going up to my little princess (if she were still a little princess) would be an uncomfortable situation, IMHO.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #10
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A agree with the other Mama Bears.

The initial situation where she was responding to the little girl's interaction was sweet, but randomly going up to my little princess (if she were still a little princess) would be an uncomfortable situation, IMHO.
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OP you asking about two completely different situations. in the first, the 4 year old approached your daughter. in the second your daughter was approaching them and initiating the interaction.

in either case pictures start to cross a line.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #11
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I nearly always compliment Princesses in waiting and enjoy their thrilled reaction.
As other have stated you can sense immediately whether parents are supportive and happy with this.

"Touch wood" I have only ever received thank you's from mums and dads.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:45 PM   #12
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My kid would love that. But yeah, ask the parents first! Not pictures though, that's a little creepy for me. Autograph is cute.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:20 PM   #13
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While I wouldn't mind my DD 5 is extremely shy with strangers and would probably hide behind my legs the entire time. I don't think it's creepy, it's not as if she pushed the issue when the kids weren't interested she backed off. How sweet of your daughter to spread the magic
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #14
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I think that if a parent is going to dress their little girl up as a princess they have no right to be upset if someone wants to play along and make their "princess" feel special while in costume.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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It will be fine! A 16 year old girl with a smile and an autograph book who asks nicely if she can have the princess's autograph, will get a positive response 99% of the time. The other 1% she just needs to say OK, have a nice day, and move on. As far as pictures go it is a judgment matter depending on the situation. If the parents engage in extended pleasant conversation, than politely asking the parents for a photo is fine. Just be prepared to just as politely politely accept a no answer. As long as she asks everything will be fine. As a young woman, she will be very non-threatening. If my kids were still young, I would love it. What a wonderful daughter you have!
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