So I was with dd at the park and there was a set of twins there. They looked maybe 3-4. It was boy/girl twins. The little girl said she was a princess. The mom immediately corrected her that she was NOT a princess and she needed to play a different game. A little later her boy was in a group of boys playing pirates. Again she told him that he was NOT a pirate and needed to play another game.
Another mom asked her why they couldn't play those games. She said because princesses and pirates aren't reality. I was in shock. Pretend play is such a big part of growin up. I can't imagine not letting my dd play pretend.