Happy (belated) Mothers’ Day, fanpop! I meant to post this yesterday but got busy. In honor of Mothers' Day this month, I've put together a ranking of how I imagine the princesses themselves would be as mothers. I’m including Anna and Elsa in this list, though instead of assigning them a number their names will be placed in parentheses where they would fall on the list, in an effort to keep those who don’t like seeing them on DP lists happy. Let me preface this by saying this is not set in stone. it's just a prediction based on what I've seen of the princesses in their movies. I don’t think any of them would make bad mothers, just some better than others, so I hope no one will be offended if I place their favorites low.
I could see Merida going one of two ways as a mother. If she had sons or a daughter who was a tomboy like her, I think she’d be a really fun mom. I could definitely see her teaching her kids things like archery and horseback riding or taking them on outings in the woods. The problem would come into play if she had a girly daughter. While I’d like to think she would remember how it felt to have a mother who wanted her to be something she wasn’t and give her own children the freedom to be themselves, I think there’s a potential for history to repeat itself. Merida was willing to go to extreme measures to change her mother, so I can’t help but wonder if she’d do the same to her child.
Elsa has some qualities that would make her a good mother. She’s mature, responsible, and puts others before herself, but there are a few things that concern me. While she does rediscover her playful side at the end of Frozen and in Frozen Fever, she still maintains a mostly pessimistic outlook. I doubt she’d be able to teach her child to take things in stride and think positively when it’s something she still hasn’t learned herself. Her reaction when things go wrong is to retreat back into herself, so I could see her isolating herself from her child, like she did with Anna, if she thought it was protecting them.
Anna has the makings of a great mother. She’s selfless, optimistic, and never gives up on the people she loves. I think she’d be a very enthusiastic mom, the type who’s always bragging to people about her children. So why is she toward the bottom? I originally had her higher, but after further consideration, moved her down. Despite her good qualities, Anna can be a little flighty and has a tendency to trust the wrong people, but the biggest dealbreaker for me is punching Hans. This shows that she believes it’s alright to wrong someone if they’ve wronged her first, so it stands to reason that she would teach her child the same, and I think that’s an awful message to send! Sorry, but I just don’t condone causing another person pain, no matter what the circumstances, so that knocks her out (no pun intended!) of the running for best mother.
I really wish I didn’t have to put Aurora here! Maybe I’m projecting, but she seemed dutiful, caring, and loyal to those she cared about, and she was very demonstrative with her emotions. All of these qualities would make her a loving mother, but there’s one reason I can’t place her higher. Aurora is very passive, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but I think it could make her a bit of a pushover as a mother. She seems the type to spoil her children rotten, and I can definitely see her having a problem with saying “no” or discipline.
Jasmine may not seem the mother type to some, but I think she has a secret motherly side. She gives an apple to the hungry child in the market, uses her position to help Aladdin, and is quick to understand and forgive him for lying to her. This shows the sort of kindness, courage, and compassion that I believe make a good mom. The only problem I find with Jasmine as a mother is that she sometimes doesn’t think before she speaks, especially when she’s angry, so I could see her saying something hurtful to her child without realizing it.
Now we come to the only one on this list that we actually saw with her child. Ariel wasn’t a bad mother, but I’m not sure I consider her a good one, either. I love how she comforts Melody when she feels like she doesn’t belong and is willing to give up her humanity to search for her, but I disagree with her choice to keep Melody in the dark about her heritage. I hope this doesn’t make anyone angry, but Ariel as a parent reminds me a bit of King Agnarr. Both made some very misguided choices. Both used isolation and omission of information as tactics, yet both had their hearts in the right place and, I think, deserve some points for that.
Tiana is another princess I think could go either way as a mother. At the beginning of the movie, she’s so wrapped up in her work that she doesn’t make time for anything else, so I could see her neglecting her child. She may not seem cut out to be a mom early on, but it’s a different story after she’s had the chance to re-evaluate her priorities and learns to loosen up a bit. I think Tiana at the end of the movie would be very similar to her own mother in terms of parenting, the type of mom who works hard to provide a good life but still manages to find time for her kids.
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Like Ariel, Snow White is actually seen in a motherly role within her movie. Despite her naïve and trusting nature, she has a more practical, responsible side and seems mature for her age, all qualities that would make her a fine mother. She goes out of her way to be kind to the dwarfs and seems to enjoy cooking and cleaning for them. She strikes me as the doting type of mom who’s always ready to offer a hug or a tasty treat. The only drawback I can see to Snow White as a mother (and it’s a small one) is her bossiness. Although she’d never be unkind to her child on purpose, I think there’s a possibility that she could come across as overly demanding at times.
Now it’s starting to get hard because I think all of the remaining princesses would make awesome mothers! Based on her interactions with her father in the movie (not to mention the lengths she went to save him from the war), Mulan seems doting, protective, and selfless. While she does show some flaws that could detract from her ability as a mother early on (procrastination, lack of self-confidence), her time in the army helps her learn from these mistakes, so I don’t see her having a problem raising a child. Mulan thinks outside the box, and I think she’d have an outside-the-box approach to parenting as well. I see her as the type of mom who encourages her kids’ individuality and doesn’t abide by societal norms.
Rapunzel may have led a sheltered life, but I see a lot of motherly qualities in her. She heals Flynn when he injures his hand. She doesn’t seem to judge Flynn or the pub thugs and encourages them to follow their dreams. Even when she stands up to Mother Gothel in the end, she goes about it in the kindest way possible and seems genuinely upset by her death. Rapunzel has an innate ability to put others at ease – she’s able to get Flynn to open up to her, and the children at the celebration seem drawn to her. I see her as an understanding mom who her kids would find easy to talk to, and I think her charisma would take her far as a mother.
I think Pocahontas would make a well-balanced mom. She has a responsible side, as shown when she chooses to stay with her tribe instead of going with John Smith, but she’s also not afraid to be childlike and play. Similar to Merida, I can see her being a fun mom who loves taking her kids on outdoor adventures. I think she’d be open-minded about almost everything and would teach her children peace and tolerance. If the way she nurtures the living creatures she encounters in her movie is any indication of how she’d be as a mother, I think any kid would be lucky to have her!
It’s easy to how motherly attention to those we care about, but not so much the people who disrespect us. This is where Cinderella shines! No matter how horribly her stepfamily treats her, she never allows them to turn her jaded and spiteful. She still takes care of them and treats them with kindness, and I don’t think it’s just because it was demanded of her. If that were the case, I doubt she would’ve helped Anastasia in the sequels. If Cinderella can show that kind of compassion to her bullies, I know she would raise a kind, forgiving child..
It was difficult to pick the one princess I thought would be a better mother than all the others, but in the end, I had to go with Belle. She displays a motherly side early on in the way she encourages her father and selflessly takes his place in the Beast’s dungeon. Like Tiana and Mulan, she learns from her mistakes and makes an effort to better herself. She gradually becomes less judgmental and standoffish and learns to give second chances. She shows the Beast the same motherly attention she showed her father, and in the end, it’s strong enough to transform him, both literally and figuratively. Belle’s compassion and faith in others shows her to be the sort of mother who would be patient and forgiving, but not a pushover. She’d believe the best of her child, no matter what, and with that attitude, I see no limit to the good she could do as a mother.