Am I the only Christian Mommy who is against Barbie?

Christina - posted on 11/17/2011 ( 48 moms have responded )

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I've told my friends and family that my husband and I, after a long discussion, both agreed we don't want our daughter to have Barbies except for possibly some of the collector ones like I used to get, the once a year Holiday never to be opened actually pretty and elegant looking ones.

They all thought we are crazy, my own mother even replied "but you had them." I of course explained the fact that, that was exactly one of the reasons I didn't want Kalli-Mae to have them. I recall wanting to dress like Barbie, making my Barbie go on dates, and even making Barbie kiss Ken (for a while one Barbie was Ken since I didn't have a Ken doll) and that I remember very vividly wanting to do what Barbie did and dress like she did. I remember feeling despaired when I was first in growing into a woman because I wasn't tall like Barbie and didn't have breasts like Barbie (this was after an event at the local Toys R Us where they had a real life woman playing Barbie and she looked JUST like her.)

Barbie was my first dive into the grown up world of dating, not to mention skimpy clothes, and only wanting material things and it took me many years to replace those things I'd learn with better and real morals and values, I'm still working on it daily ... I'm only human!

We've decided very firmly we don't want our daughter surrounded by that, its bad enough that she will see tv and magazines and be knocked into the world of media despite our best efforts to keep it our of her precious mind. Woman in little to no clothing, boys and girls being taught they "can't help themselves" but to have sex when they hit puberty, men and women putting an emphasis on being thin and having "the perfect body" and thousands upon thousands of articles, tv shows, and various other nonsense about sex and dating!

I know you have to train your child up properly and pray for the best, but are we wrong to want to avoid something like Barbie?

I just wonder other Mom opinions on this subject...

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Kelsey - posted on 12/05/2011

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I believe it all comes down to the parenting. I'll let my daughters play with Barbies (The ones that are properly dressed) but I will not let them play with the bratz dolls. I see no reason to not let my four year old dress up like a princess. She is just using her imagination. If I ever see her using her toys improperly, we will talk about it as a family. If you let every little thing children come across be regarded as negative, you'll basically be removing them from society. There is no reason that you can't have well-behaved moral children while growing up in today's society. Its going to be hard, but I believe it all comes down to the parenting and making sure your parenting is Bible based.

Jeanine - posted on 11/25/2011

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In the end its all about how we as parents teach our children. I never thought of Barbie as anything other than a doll, of course i wanted to look like her and so on, just as i wanted to be the heroin of every movie i saw! Its human nature for girls and boys to want to be the hero or heroin (to be wanted or strong). Its up to the parents to explain to our children fact from fiction. We can take our kids our of this world, we are part of it but not from it. Of course if you feel led by the holy spirit to get rid of the Barbies then do so. But I have not yet been led to throw my daughter's out. I think fantasy play is good and healthy. I heard about someone who took away all her sons guns, the next day at the breakfast table her son made a gun out of his toast. You cant really get away from it.

Ursula - posted on 11/29/2011

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Hi I finally found the book! "How safe is my child?" by John & Helen Gardiner. This is their answer concerning Barbie: I quote-"We need to stress, first of all, that Barbie dolls are not in any way occultic, and rhey certainly violent. However, some authors have criticised Barbie dolls (Turmoil in the Toy Box by Phil Phillips). We feel that if you use this type of argument, you are going to eliminate virtually every type of toy. While some of the more modern Barbies are pretty outrageous, we feel that many of the Barbies are perfectly acceptable as long as your child is not becoming obsessive in her play with these dolls. girls play with Barbie by making up their own fantasy games(which not a problem) which is sorely lacking with most other toys." Unquote.
Be it as it may every child plays differently with toys. So I would not worry if my child should ask me for a Barbie doll this christmas! ;)

Keri - posted on 11/22/2011

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Christian mommy here, and I actually do NOT have a problem with Barbie. My girls play with them, and its just imagination play. They re-enact life with them, just as they do with their play kitchen, and baby dolls. I do not have issues with looks, or anything like that. I think it really depends on the personality of the child, if they are the type that would lean towards things mentioned like wanting to look and dress like her, that's one thing, but for my girls, it's not an issue. In my eyes at least at home I can control things, they go to the store and see other girls dressing worse then Barbie or people on TV or in Magazines...those are the people most little girls look up to and idolize and want to be like...Barbie is pretend, and I can control what she wears maybe not her measurments, but I do not look ANYTHING like a Barbie doll, more like a build-a-bear with lots of stuffing! My girls look up to me, not them. I think that they can see that I do not look like one so they don't need to either. That's my two cents :)

Anne - posted on 11/18/2011

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Our daughters are 23 and almost 28 and even though our daughters did have Barbie Dolls, I made it known I did not like them. I remember being a girl and knowing that I would NEVER LOOK LIKE BARBIE, I had open heart surgery when I was 8 years old, so needless to say my body was never going to be "perfect" I did share these thoughts with our daughters, and we talked about body image, when they were in their early teens.



There is an add on the t.v. right now that makes "Barbie" look like she is the smartest person on the planet and EVERY GIRL needs a friend like barbie. It makes me VERY SAD to see this add. Some girl with out a strong Christian Roll Model is sure to get the wrong message about right and wrong because of this add.



We had a neighbor that was a single mom and every time her daughter played with the barbie dolls as often as she was able she would spend some time "playing" with her daughters and their dolls. She used this time to teach her daughters the right way to date. THe dolls were marked on the bottom of one foot and the same barbie doll and ken doll always were paired when they "Went on a date" This was to teach her daughters that dating was a very special thing and that you only dated one person at a time, and that girls and boys dated each other and not 2 girls or 2 boys.

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Angela - posted on 07/21/2012

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I think this Barbie thread can be safely put to bed now, it's been on the go for a good long while!

Carla - posted on 07/20/2012

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@Angela--I have deleted Brenda's posts and blocked her from our community. I have been putting out fires all day with these hackers--and they are stomping my last nerve ending. If I do not catch them all, please message me and I will take care of it. I simply do not understand the intellect that feels it has to be crass and disrespectful. I have been called a Bible-thumping lunatic and Christians are the cause of all the earth's woes.

God bless, hon

Angela - posted on 07/20/2012

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Brenda can you give me the Bible reference which says women should only speak when spoken to? Need to know where this is! Is it in Old Testament or New?

Angela - posted on 01/08/2012

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Wow! Are we still in the Barbie debate? Such a pressing concern in this modern world ....

April - posted on 01/06/2012

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I can understand completely that you want your daughter to grow up the way you do. Although my point is Barbie Doll, is a just that a doll. If you beleive Barbie's body being the problem, then in this instant you should shield your child completely from TV (at all) radio movies (including any fairy tale that you think your daugther could beleive in) and anything in the world for that matter. I do not understand the controversy of Barbie. I played with Barbies when I was little, did this have an effect on me having a child at the age of 19, or trying things normal teenagers try... NO. this did not have an effect on anything except being a girl, boys play with GI Joes, girls play with Barbies... I just don't see the problem with this. As far as the different barbies that are out there and the "skimpy clothes" go look at every Disney movie made (from the 90s and on) and tell me as a child you see the things we do as adults. that answer is no. My child does not see Cinderella as anything more than an idle to become a princess. to achieve goals such as happiness and love...
Just my opinon

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Sarah - posted on 01/06/2012

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I think Superchick sums it up best "Barbie's not a role model. She's only make believe."
Once your daughter knows the difference between fiction and non-fiction, I don't see a problem with Barbie. Pray about it. But it is totally up to you. After all, you're the momma. ;)

Victoria - posted on 12/28/2011

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I personally don't like barbies & refused to give them to my 3 girls until they asked for them. This only happened recently at 6 &8, my oldest still doesn't care for them, but she does like liv dolls. My girls have always been more into cars & lego & toys traditionally considered as "boy toys" this year they all got remote controlled cars for Christmas & they LOVE them.



I remember having one or 2 barbies (and Cindy dolls a UK fashion doll) as a kid, but she was never like me any, I'm dark hair & olive skin as are my girls, so I never wanted to be like her, my sister & I always made her into things like a rock climber or a business woman & made clothes for them with the help of our grandma.



I don't think you are wrong as we each have t choose what we believe is right for our family. I personally don't like the focus on the fashion....look-at-me aspect of barbie, and I hate the opinion that girls should play with "girls toys" also, that is why we opted to wait until the girls asked for them. We are still yet to by them barbies, but others have for birthday gifts and such, always school friends, never close family & friends who know we aren't really "IN" to barbie culture or couture.

Do what you believe is right for your family & stand firm in it.

Bless you.

Pastor Victoria.

Marcie - posted on 12/27/2011

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Ok I totally understand where you are comming from on the whole barbie thing and all and even have an inlaw who didn't want a barbie brought into her house well I grew up with barbies and all and loved them but never once felt the need to look like them or be like them,just thought it was something kool for imagenation at first and then ecessoriesing them lol,i wasn;t able to let go of them till i was almost 14 lol kinda embarassing in a way but you should be all frowned to it really because if you just teach your child the difference between a barbie and reality then there shouldn't be any problems for example barbie was made as a toy in a factory and people were made from god and given what they have as a blessing then it really should turn out ok.Or barbie is made to come with this and that for playing with and we are supposed to work for what we have.I got my daughter into barbie and she loves them but i have made it super clear what the difference is between reality and fantisie and thankfully she understands and she is only 4 :-).She tells me if i am playing barbies with her if a shirt looks funny on barbie(example:shirt not covering barbies belly)lol which i never taught her that i just always dress my daughter in things that are appropriate and she just formed that on her own and if her pants are to short then she says mommy i look funny lol.It really is all about how you bring your child up and how you explain things to them really it is.I wish you the best of luck with this and i say let your child have a couple of barbies and all and just teach her certain things like the difference between real life and fantasy and she will be fine,just cause you did certain things with yours doesn't mean she will do the same to trust me i know,i remember shaveing my dolls head just to have a boy barbie lol but it just was saying i needed a ken doll at the time lol.

Cary Lynn - posted on 12/27/2011

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As a fellow Christian mother, I have to say that it is different for each of us. What convicts one mother regarding her children, may not be anything to another. It is what you feel the Lord wants and what you feel your child needs. For me, I had Barbies, and enjoyed the acting out and role playing. I played with them until I was VERY old, it helped me escape my world! My mother was a model and she was very into having everything perfect looking on the outside. I was not. Even though I loved my Barbies, I didn't have any desire to want to look like them. I always wore my hair pulled back in a pony tail with no make up and jeans and a t-shirt. Still do! I think it all falls down to personality. I was a leader and not a follower. I didn't care what people thought of me, and I didn't do things just to fit in. I was lucky to become a Christian at an early age and I found that my love for Him helped me to be strong and not fall too much into the wordly ways and views. I didn't date until I was a senior and I got alot of teasing for that, but it made me a better person. I don't tolerate alot of things, and there are alot of tv shows and games and things that my children do not get exposed to. At this point in time, I feel that my daughter is ok with Barbies. If I see as she starts getting older that she is one who will fall into that worldy trap easily, we will see what happens. There are some battles that are not worth the fight and there are some that will be fought to the end. If we are there for our children, and show them that God loves them for who they are and that we are created beautiful in His eyes and for His glory, I don't think that playing with Barbie can take that away. If it is something that causes a stumbling block for you or your daughter, then you are right to not want to expose her to that.

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We have always been a Barbie free household! When my daughter was little we got her the kelly doll. Barbies little sister. she had tons of them and they were cute and age appropriate.

Tonilyn - posted on 12/22/2011

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I would just like to say that I had a barbie growing up. All kinds. I never tried to be like any of them. I knew they were toys. I didn't have a Ken doll either but didn't need one. I never wanted to make my barbie kiss a Ken doll or any other doll. I don't see anything wrong with letting children play with barbies.

You and your husband have control over what your child thinks of herself. You can tell her that even though barbie looks a certain way, that doesn't mean she has to. Everyone looks different because that's how god intended it to be. You can tell her that she's beautiful and she doesn't have to look like barbie to BE beautiful.

I think you are giving "worldly things" a little too much credit. You are a great mom and will show her what is right. Whether she has a barbie or not.

Jamie - posted on 12/19/2011

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There is a huge feminist anti-barbie movement! You are not alone -Christian and non-christian moms have spoken out against barbie.



I have boys, and they haven't really shown an interested in playing with dolls, so this has been a bit of a non-issue in our house.



However, I'm pro Barbie...I loved my barbies when I was little. But.... I didn't see them as anything more than dolls that started off with a great amount of hair to cut....and so most of my babies had awful haircuts where their hair stood up on their heads- not something I wanted to emulate.

Jill - posted on 12/19/2011

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We don't plan to allow our children to play with Barbie. I don't have an issue with Disney princess dolls as long as they are fully dressed - not wearing a bikini like some of the Ariel dolls. I'm sure it will be a little difficult to deal with though once she starts going to other people's homes. One of her little friends already has a Barbie (They are only 2 yrs old). And my sister in law is pushing Barbie on her almost 4 yr old this Christmas even though she's interested in something else.

Frances - posted on 12/12/2011

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My girls played with Barbie, but they did not use the Barbie clothes. I made modest clothes for Barbie. In their play, Barbie was the mom, Ken was the dad, Skipper, Courtney, and Keven were the kids. The store bought Barbie clothes fit Skipper better than they fit Barbie.

Andrea - posted on 12/09/2011

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West- OH my i am glad my daughters did not use me as their main role model!! lol AT LEAST NOT IN HEALTH AND APPERANCE!! LOL I am very loving and giving and HYPER AND FUN,,,UNLESS IT IS CHORE TIME!! lol But in all seriousness i do think it is different for everyone!! And Ursalu- - - We need a size 14 Barbie and more realistic barbies :-) But then ladies think about this!!?? if we had all like size 14 and lets say the less perfect sexy barbies and ken...would it somehow make us not do as well in knowing we SHOULD BE HEALTHIER AND MAKE IT A POINT TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THIS BODY GOD GAVE US!?? oh goodness...i need to work on that so bad myself!! lol

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NO!! you are not wrong or bad for this!! my daughter who is 8 has tons of barbies!! and so did my older daughter!! they are both tall and thin!! and probably will end up tall and more barbie like than ME their short and stocky (ok very over weight mother!) lol....but i agree...I watched Disney and STILL HAVE THE PRINCESS STORIES IN MY HEAD AS IF THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN FOR REAL!!! on my second marriage and it makes it tough when your whole life you are made to think you have to live the fairy tale life and look like the barbie or princess!! i know people can go overboard at trying to protect? or maybe not!!? I wish we DID NOT EVEN HAVE TV!!! and when our older ones were growing up MTV AND SEVERAL OTHER SHOWS AND PROGRAMS WERE NOT ALLOWED IN OUR HOUSE!! I guess people have to choose what best suites their life and beliefs!! but throwing all these almost impossible dreams of bodies and life in our little girls faces could make adult REAL LIFE MOMMIE LIFE AND BODY TOUGH!! it has for me..i now every girl and woman and family is different though and in the END God is in control! But i say 'WAY TO GO"ON THIS ONE!! I think it is tough to find the best and most healthy ways to teach our children about relationships, love, marriage and health over all!! and if i had it to do over with my older kids i would have been more like your talking about being in this post!! One of my younger sisters worked at HOOTERS for years so my boys had POSTERS IN THEIR ROOMS!! But I will share this....When my son Mason came home from 'super wow" which is a Christian trip during summer in which they did nothing but focus on God and did mission work..well he CAME HOME AND THE POSTERS CAME DOWN AND I NEVER SAID A WORD!! My oldest son after graduating went through several years of partying and drinking BUT JUST ANNOUNCED HIS CALL TO PREACH BACK IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR!! So I do know if we cover our children with Pray! and Trust God HE will protect our children!! And you make your choice about Barbies and leave the rest to God on this subject! He knows your heart and He will take care of it and hopefully give you great peace about your faith in HIM! hugs to you and WISH I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THIS YOUR DOING NOW YEARS AGO!! Over all our six children are very well rounded...even my youngest whom i homeschooled until 2nd grade!! it will all work out for you!! and WHY DONT WE INVENT SOMETHING BESIDES BARBIE WHAT IS MORE LIKE A SIZE 14!! AND A KEN WHO LOOKS MORE LIKE A TYPICAL MAN??? i MEAN I DO KNOW LADIES AND MEN WHO FOR REAL LOOK LIKE KEN AND BARBIE! BUT I KNOW WAY MORE WHO DONT!! LOL I guess in the end The Lord made us just how he wanted us to each look !! we just need to do out best to take care of our health :-)

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Yeah, Angela.... those are just weird. Creative, maybe... Creepy, definitely. The shoe rings aren't creepy, but those are the only ones that don't seem 100% pointless to me.

Angela - posted on 12/07/2011

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Well, I wouldn't personally wear that Barbie-based costume jewellery but I DO admire the artwork and imagination that goes into it! Just like there are paintings and other art forms I admire but wouldn't hang them in my home!

Poor Barbie, if she isn't being maligned by Circle of Moms members, she's getting disembodied and cut to pieces in the name of art and ornament!

To -re-quote (or rather misquote) the line from the Aqua song:

"Life In Plastic, Is NOT Fantastic"

LOL!!!

Kelsey - posted on 12/05/2011

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Oh wow! Angela, it's kinda creepy, lol. I didn't mind the rings with the shoes.

Angela - posted on 12/05/2011

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No-one commented on my link to the artwork made from parts of Barbie dolls. Worth a look!

And lighten up everyone!

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I got Barbies as a girl. I really don't have a huge problem with them. I just make sure I am my girls main source of self image advice. I do understand your point completely you are in no way crazy for that. I commend you for filtering what comes into your home.

Ursula - posted on 11/29/2011

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CORRECTION: "...Barbie dolls are not in any way occultic, and they certainly not violent." Thank you and God bless. ;)

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I totally agree with you! magazines, barbies and any other form of media tell our girls what is acceptable for body types and what is not. Its a breeding ground for eating disorders etc.... My daughter did have a couple of Barbies but wasn't fond of them and grew out of them quickly (she preferred bugs and mud). Good for you if you can keep them out of her life completely!

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My girls aren't teens yet (almost 10), but currently have zero body issues. Tell me exactly how some doll they quit playing w/ 2 years ago is going to all of a sudden start effecting their body image when they become teens? It's not the DOLL... it's what other people make of it.... and parents not teaching their children to stop attacking their friends would've been the problem. Not the Ninja Turtle.... Or parents not teaching their children what real women look like and that every body size/shape is beautiful... not some plastic disproportionate doll.

Julie - posted on 11/27/2011

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Moms - tell me what your teen thinks about her 'body image' - things are subliminally entered into our brains.
My two little boys were not allowed to play with NINJA TURTLES... but on the playgrounds at school they were constantly being attacked by their friends. We even stopped going to a church because the pastor's son would not quit attacking my son from behind with a neck-hold.
Question the statistics that tell us Barbies and Ninjas don't affect our children -

Heather - posted on 11/27/2011

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We don't do Barbie either. Yes, I had them when I was little, and that is half of the reason that I don't want my kids to have them (for all the reasons you mentioned!), there have also been multiple studies that show that Barbies have a negative impact on self-esteem and the way girls view their own body image. Not to mention I never recall Barbie attending a church service or doing anything remotely Christian in nature....

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I played w/ Barbies til I was 12 and never had any of those thoughts or expectations. My girls played w/ Barbies when they were younger (at almost 10 they've been pretty over dolls for a while) and now the couple that we have left belong to my 3.5 year old son.

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Question. Why do I think people over think things today? Barbie was new and when I got it for my birthday it was the best present I had ever gotten. That was 45 years ago or more and Barbie has been altered because people thought she was too provocative. Of course I was young and didn't notice, I was just excited that I had a doll that I could dress up and play with it with my sisters and my friends. We got several years of enjoyment out of building our own "Dream House" and making furniature for them. I didn't realize it at the time but I feel it had something to do with choosing my career, learning social and self help skills and I never thought of her the way adults did until I was made aware of how others perceived her. In other words it's as big as you make it. You are the mom and the person who is in charge of guiding your children to make good decisions and growing into wonderful human beings and it's not going to be because of Barbie.

Holly - posted on 11/20/2011

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I had Barbies but I played house with them. I do not really want my daughter playing with Barbies but if she gets them as gifts I will probably use it as a teaching opportunity and not freak out about it.

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I played with Barbies growing up and I never felt that way about them. To me they were just another doll to play house with. I had a cousin who was brought up the same way as me so we played cleanly with our Barbies and were apaulled when we'd play with other girls who didn't. Like anything else, you need to teach them what's okay and what's not. I think values that we see and learn from our parents are displayed in how we play or at least in my case. Parents have the greatest affect on their kids, not Barbie dolls. However your experience with Barbies was different then mine I guess.

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Hello all, Like you,I am a Christian mom, I did have Barbies of my own s a child. I never however, thought of my Barbies as something to emulate in any way. My interest in them was purely innocent fun. Now, because I never took any stand, either pro or against them, my daughter has a very healthy attitude toward them and other toys. I never tried to encourage her opinion towards her choice in toys, and because of that, she has never been obsessed with anything "princessy" or unrealistic. On the contrary, she is more interested in creative pursuits. If she is a Disney fan, it's that she dreams of becoming an animator at Pixar studios, and I believe she has the determination to do it! Yes, indeed we should guide our children and keep them safe, but when we start banning toys, etc. this will only cause them to seek them out secretly. A Barbie doll is just a thing. It only has negative connotations if we put them there. Of course you should do that which you think right, but I do not think there is such reason for alarm. Our children are intelligent enough to know they are only toys.

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I also do not like Barbies for our children. There are so many other dolls on the market that dress modestly and have a normal body. However I have to mention the whole kissing thing is going to happen regardless, as well as girls wanting to date. My soon to be 3yo has had minnie and mickey mouse kissing.

Rebekah - I hadn't thought of the superheros for boys. My brother wasn't into them so it wouldn't have occurred to me.

Ursula - posted on 11/20/2011

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I had a christian book on the various toys that is not good for our kids and the reasons. As soon as I get it, I will give you the name of the author. strange enough Barbie was one of the toys which was mentioned. As harmless as any toy can be but when children become obsess with the idea of wanting to look like her...thats the problem. too many children suffer frm an eating disorder. I also bought my 1st child a number of Barbie dolls bt made it clear that its just a doll(plastic). my 2nd child does not show any interest in wanting a doll although she loves watching the movies..I gues we must just allow God to show us even if it means giving it away at the end of the day..;)

Julie - posted on 11/18/2011

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No - there are a bazillion moms who realize the dangers of Barbie -

Barbie may have everything she wants... but she is PLASTIC! ;o)

She is not real but that doll can sure put unrealistic expectations on our girls. I thought I would grow up to look like her... boy was I wrong!

Moms - give your precious little girls baby dolls and add to the collection of clothing for that dolly if you must, but please stay away from Barbies. I have a hunch that image led to anorexia, etc.,

Teresa - posted on 11/18/2011

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I had Barbies, but I never really associated them to my appearance. I actually thought they looked strange. I have no daughters, but my son has action figures. He shows me his "muscles" every now and then but I don't think it's anything to worry about, just natural growing up wanting to be like daddy.

Christina - posted on 11/18/2011

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Angela, I remember that song. I have the single cd of it lol my dad gave me ages ago when it was new. I even have a couple of their sillier songs (cartoon heroes, mainly.)
I'm so glad to hear that others are just as convicted, its nice to feel like I'm not alone in this corner. I mean I have my hubby but it feels like thats all sometimes. So thanks guys :)

Rebekah - posted on 11/18/2011

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Nope - If I had a girl, I wouldn't do Barbie either. I have a boy, and I don't do batman, superman, spiderman, or any of the other worldly superheroes - and they will NOT enter my home.

Angela - posted on 11/18/2011

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You're not the only Christian mother who's against Barbie, in fact there are a whole load of mothers (Christians & otherwise) who're against Barbie. Yes, I had a Barbie and my daughter (now 22) had a few Barbies but she isn't a realistic role model of what life is about for a young female growing up in today's world! I grew up to have Barbie breasts but unfortunately didn't have the tiny Barbie waist as well .... My daughter has the long, blonde silky Barbie hair - but not really anything else of Barbie's. I think we live in a culture where we broadly regard Barbie as a REAL person ...

How many women have a figure like Barbie? How many women have the world at their fingertips, clothes, jewellery, make-up and shoes for every possible occasion, a beautiful home, a horse, several cars, the opportunity to have any career they want (and still look gorgeous at the end of a hard day's work!!!) - yes - there's even a Doctor Barbie!! The whole emphasis is on beauty, materialism and getting every single thing that you want out of life. Barbie's evidently pretty wealthy.

A few years ago, a Danish group called "Aqua" released a song called "I'm a Barbie girl" In that song is this line:

"Life In Plastic, It's Fantastic"

And that is the KEY!! It's only a plastic life, not a real life.

All this is before we even consider the sex/dating aspect!

As a teenager, I had a friend called Barbara who was known as "Barbie" for short. I'm embarrassed to admit that me and several of our friends always referred to her boyfriend as "Ken" - even though his name was John or Gary or something!

Barbie and the whole culture surrounding her is probably more damaging to children than war toys like guns & weapons etc ....

Katrina - posted on 11/17/2011

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I don't like them either.

My MIL has some (about 4) that she got at an op-shop but that's the only time my girls will play with them.

If we get any as presents, I fully intend on returning them or passing them on. There will NOT be any in our house.

If my girls want to play dressups with their dolls, there are more "realistic" dolls you can get (I doubt that I will though) otherwise, they are content to dress their baby dolls and play "house"

If you are convicted that it is not for your family, stick to it.
If people can't understand just say "We have decided not to have any in our house" and leave it at that...don't give any excuses as that will just leave to arguments.

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