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Hats Off to the Father Who Made His Daughter a Real Princess

When 7-year-old Emily Heaton asked her father if she could be a princess one day, he responded by assuring her that she could and then he set out to make it happen. Jeremiah Heaton, a Virginia native, scoured the Internet — searching for any unclaimed territory — and found out about an 800-square-mile strip of unclaimed land between Egypt and Sudan. Carrying with him a homemade flag designed by his three children, Heaton traveled to the unnamed region and claimed it for his family, declaring his daughter Princess Emily.

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Talk about daddy hanging the moon. In this case, daddy is a magic genie.

With a dad like Heaton, who is willing to move mountains for his little Emily, she will begin to expect that she can move her own mountains in the world.

But what becomes of a little girl whose father is willing to go to any lengths to make her dreams come true? There is debate that Heaton went overboard and will scar his daughter for life because she will have unrealistic expectations of the world. Did her daddy damage his princess? Absolutely not.

In this age of physically and emotionally absent parents, a daughter needs a hero in her life. With a dad like Heaton, who is willing to move mountains for his little Emily, she will begin to expect that she can move her own mountains in the world.

Feeling protected, cared for and nurtured are important experiences for a little girl to have. The feeling of safety, love and concern will allow her to view the world as a safe place where she can prosper and return the same feelings of love that she was allowed to partake in.

We see it all the time — angry little children who abuse others and sink into the pit of despair, their lives colored by the pain they feel as they lash out at others trying to release the built up angst. They weren’t predestined to experience this fate. This is a direct result of their world view as framed by the way they were treated by their loved ones.

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Those who were raised with criticism learn to criticize others. Those who were raised with condemnation learn to doubt themselves. And little Emily, well, maybe she’ll grow up confidently trying to help people make their dreams come true because Daddy was brave enough to break barriers to create hers.

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