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