differing values

ParentingWorks - posted on 02/20/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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This weekend, my daughter (7) had a friend over. While playing dress-up, the friend said they were playing "snotty rich girls." Of course I sought more information on what that meant to her. I am not comfortable with this value and am not sure what to do about this kind of role-playing

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Kay - posted on 02/20/2012

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I think it can present some interesting opportunities to talk. For instance, maybe after the game, ask your child what she thought about it, if she thinks people really behave that way, etc, and explain that sometimes when we have perceptions of people, it can make us miss out on the good things about them.

Jenni - posted on 02/20/2012

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I'm not big on micro-managing my kids pretend play. But I guess you could join in and play the humanitarian, rich girl who runs charity fundraisers, doesn't take for granted her privileges and helps out at soup kitchens. ;)

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Eh... my son pretends to be King Arthur and kill imaginary bad guys w/ his lego sword. I'm 100% against killing people, but it's just imaginary play and I don't mess w/ it.

ParentingWorks - posted on 02/20/2012

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I can't decide if playing out the "snotty rich girl" role is a helpful and productive way to work through those thoughts or simply reinforces negative stereotypes!!

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2012

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I understand your concern, but I don't really think parents should interrupt and moderate children's imaginary play. You could suggest playing something else, but why not just let them be kids and use their imaginations?

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