Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This just makes me feel bad

So for Jane's third birthday I made her a princess cake with this
little number and she loved it, still talks about it all the time.
Well a few days ago she found miss "Suzy no legs" in the pantry with
other cake decorating supplies. She wanted to play with it so I
reluctantly let her see it. I didn't realize how much of an impact a
cake topper could make on my daughter. She wants to play with "her
doll" all the time now and it just makes me feel bad. I don't want to
get Jane involved with Barbies, tonight she told me her doll was a
Barbie, not a doll. Hmmm, but I don't really want her playing with
just half of one either.

As a little girl I played my little heart out with barbies, my sisters
and I loved them. I'm pretty sure all of them were second hand and a
lot of the clothes were homemade but we loved dressing them and
combing their hair. Someone gave us a Barbie Winebago and a much loved
Barbie Dream House and we poured hours and hours into aranging the
place and planning road trips. Okay I don't remember planning road
trips with my Barbies, I was not that cool, but what else could I be
doing with a Barbie camper??

Anyway, all the fun I had with my Barbies seems like a good reason to
get one for Jane's birthday this year, and I also feel like if I
withhold some thing reasonable she wants then it could turn into
something that ends in tears and years of threapy.

However, I really don't like Barbies, for so many obvious reasons and
have always sworn I will not give my girls Barbies to play with. So
what's a girl to do, let my daughter play with "No Leggies McGee" and
pretend Barbies with legs is just some wild and crazy idea thought up
as a marketing ploy, or brake down and buy her one?


Moddy said...

Yeah you have finally come over to the darkside!!!!! Okay so I did break down and buy Miss Magoo one, but I still haven't given it to her. I think I'm saving it for the trip.

Carrie Merino said...

I'm there with you. I think it's impossible to keep it away from them. The only reason that Sadie doesn't have one is because of Steve. Although he did agree to let her have one if he can bring beer into the house . . . hmmm.

miss kitti said...

I've drawn the line at Bratz dolls and any barbie dressed as a skank. It's a totally arbitrary line and totally full of holes but whatever.

Grace has never questioned it too closely so we're good. Granted, the bulk of her dozen or so barbies have been gifts.

I think you should make some dresses for No Leggies McGee. You can explain about implants at a later date.

Emilie and Branden said...

It's inevitable. Like princess things...all girls want them. Just do it, embrace it, own it. You'll be amazed at the amount of "alone playtime" you'll milk from having them.