The folks over at BuzzFeed have decided to see what Disney Princesses would be like in their post-happily-ever-after phase. They have turned them into modern moms. All of them are illustrated in a hazy post-modern style by BuzzFeed illustrator Chabe Escalante. The BuzzFeed folks even provided a three to four sentence backstory. You'll find them attached to the illustrations.
About half of them suffer "mom malaise," the unhappiness that results when the actual work of being a mom doesn't equal their dreams about being a mom. These Princesses have underperforming, uninspired kids and husbands whose charming has worn off as reality has sunk in. Usually these are the modern Princesses who are irked that they have produced an almost exact duplicate of themselves -- birthed a child that is as independent, wild, imaginative and as free spirited as they once were. They are probably mad because their children have not only adopted, but also kept them from, fulfilling their dreams.
The other half become supermoms -- delighting in Pinterest-ing, Instagram-ing, blogging, promoting and encouraging their darling royal brood. They are super sewers, bakers, DIY-ers, optimistic striders, never phased by anything. Of course their children were born with their happiness genes. Since they live in the same dream world that was their world, the world hasn't changed for them at all. If anything, it has gotten better.
These Princesses find the happiness they choose to find and make. Just the happier ones don't ever fear and think of failure.
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Her mom life: Snow White has a tween who sits on the couch all day. This infuriates Snow White, who complains, “You have no idea how easy you have it. When I was your age I had to do menial labor!”
Her mom life: Pocahontas is the leader of her daughter’s Girl Scouts troop and loves taking the girls on nature hikes to see “the colors of the wind.” She does not, however, enjoy trying to sell cookies outside the marketplace.
Her mom life: Ariel is constantly battling her husband over how much freedom they should give their teenager. “Are you kidding, Eric?” she often says. “When I was her age I thought a fork was a comb and practically sold my soul to a witch to get a boyfriend! There is no way she’s going to the fair alone!”
Her mom life: Cinderella is the ultimate Pinterest mom. She DIYs her kids’ gorgeous clothes (with a little help from her now-elderly pals, Jaq and Gus), bakes amazing cakes, and uses eco-friendly home-cleaning techniques.
Her mom life: Jasmine is a PTA mom and strikes fear in the eyes of the school administrators because she’s tough and doesn’t let her kids suffer any injustices.
Her mom life: Belle is a dedicated homeschooler but finds it is a lot harder to teach her kids than it was to teach the Beast. He says, to her ire, “I was only a good student because I thought you were a hottie, Belle.”
Her mom life: Aurora has a teenager who sleeps in way too late. This drives Aurora nuts, but when she calls her daughter on it, she says, “Whatever, Mom. Dad says that when you were my age you slept for days!”
Her mom life: Merida has her own set of triplets she can’t seem to potty train. This drives her mad, especially when they pee around the potty. She often scolds, “If I can hit a bull’s-eye from a hundred yards, you can tinkle in the toilet!”
Her mom life: Tiana struggles to get her 4-year-old to eat anything except beignets. She’s so desperate to get her kid to eat better that she’s taken to grinding up veggies and hiding them in her beignets.
Her mom life: Mulan has a super-girly daughter who she does not know what to do with. Many nights she complains to Li Shang, “I single-handedly defeated the Huns, and yet she worships Miss Chen from next door because she’s good at makeup!”
Her mom life: Anna feels like she is always in the sled, carting her kids around town to ice-harvesting class, magic lessons with the troll king, and play dates with Olaf’s many snow kids.
Her mom life: Rapunzel was stuck inside a tower her entire childhood and has vowed not to subject her kids to that. She’s now a “free-range parent,” and even wrote a book on the subject, Let Your Kids Down From the Tower.