Princesses With A Twist (PWAT) is a series of books and digital badge challenges created by me, a mom, and my 2 kids after I became frustrated with the limiting messages in the traditional princess books to Find the Guy, Get the Kiss, and Settle Down. These characters don’t stop being who they are just because one book ends and the world isn’t watching anymore. I felt there was more to these women and their stories because the princesses overcame such hardships and adversity. This is about the princesses wanting to be who they were meant to be and doing what they love to do and having success doing it.
I realized as I began creating these books with my girls that not only did it open the doors to spark creativity and ambition among my family; it also built a sisterhood and community with friends and family around the world that fell in love with the intelligent and uplifting content. Bringing the real Happily Ever After to life.
Princesses with a Twist is what it means to discover character and self empowerment, and to define what happily ever really means. Isn’t it a great day when we can all come together and empower girls with a message they are hungry to hear? The lives of princesses are a lot more interesting than we’ve ever been taught. Taking stories from the last millennium and making them innovative and applicable to the 21st century girl was no easy task. I tried to make the content fun, entertaining, and evergreen; all while giving the reader the tools to think about her/his own character and shift perceptions of what it can mean to fulfill one’s potential. These characters that so many women and girls already know give parents, families, teachers, and loved ones not only an opportunity to start a conversation about social and emotional intelligence; but they give them a relief knowing that this messaging is healthy and good for their girls. When girls and women succeed, the whole community thrives. Every girl is a Princess with a Twist and these books have an over-arching message that the princesses love what they do, set goals, and achieve their goals and dreams without guilt or shame. This can be every girl’s definition of Happily Ever After.
Princesses With a Twist is an Idea born out of love for girls and the women they grow up to be. It’s not just a series of books, it’s a reference for grown-ups to remind us that we are custodians of knowledge, and it’s our job to help our little girls overcome their lives’ obstacles and value themselves, and make the most of the resources they have. PWAT helps them practice thinking, feeling, and behaving this way. Imagine the difference we make when we introduce them to the idea of shaping their own Happily Ever After. We are off and running, giving value and meaning to girls’ choices to be their own hero’s in life.
The aim of our company is to provide inspiring premium quality books and products to make the PWAT stories – and lessons - come alive. We have 17 books that are ready to be illustrated and printed. We need your help in order for these princesses to continue to share their stories. Without your support, this project won't happen. We would love to print thousands of copies to get them into the hands of little girls everywhere. We would like to spark a movement of self-confidence and character development.
Don’t you agree that the world needs little girls that are empowered by the message of teamwork, tolerance, intelligence, and achievement?
Risks and challenges
We are all ready to go- this project is 10 years in the making so it is shovel ready. The real challenge is introducing something so personal to my family to the world and hoping they support it and like it. I am hoping that the message is received in these books and that people will understand the empowerment and positive messaging for women and girls.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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