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Crowning your 7-year-old a real princess? Terrible parenting.
Crowning your 7-year-old a real princess? Terrible parenting.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every little girl dreams of being a princess. And, for 7-year-old Emily Heaton, that royal wish just came true. Her attentive/overly indulgent father marched off to a remote part of Africa, stamped a makeshift flag into the ground and declared Emily princess of the land. A remote, unpopulated empire, sure, but an empire nonetheless. The idea first struck Jeremiah Heaton last winter, when he was playing with his daughter. “She has a fixation on princesses,” he explained. “She asked me, in all seriousness, if she’d be a real princess someday. And I said she would.” Now, telling a 7-year-old that she’s in line...

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