Match! Can I Get a Match Here?!
I’m not a big fan of Barbie dolls. While my daughter has a couple of them (given to her as gifts), I personally think the unrealistic bodies of Barbie dolls, all the extreme accessories (houses, sports cars, RVs, spas etc.), and the immodest clothing can be damaging to a little girls self-esteem and create unrealistic views about life. I did like the pregnant Midge doll, Barbie’s friend, which was reintroduced with a pregnant tummy and newborn baby. While I’m not sure how Mattel feels about this and I know this doll created a lot of controversy, I looked at the doll as a pro-life and pro-mommy endorsement. With that said I don’t want you to think I’m down on little girls playing with dolls, fantasizing about growing up or role playing. I just feel that little girls need positive and more realistic role models.
Get Real Gabi: pitching for soccer.
After awhile The Little Man comes in carrying not a man doll, his usual choice for play, but one of the Get Real Girl dolls. She was dressed in a helmet (one of the man dolls accessories), her bra and underwear (another reason I love Get Real Girls, their underwear is painted on, they are always modest!), and Captain Jack Sparrow’s knee high boots. She was carrying a picnic basket in one hand and a baseball bat in the other. He held her up high for me to see. He was beaming from ear to ear, proud of what he had accomplished, dressing this doll. I commented on what a great job he had done with the boots, helmet, and baseball bat and picnic basket. But, I had to ask where her clothes were.
Now there is nothing wrong with matching things, and looking nice is important but when it gets in the way of life it can turn into a problem. The Little Man has had many a break-down over having to wear something or use something that he sees as not matching. And, in the case of the doll, it is only a doll and he is only three but at some point he needs to learn that going out in a helmet, bra and underwear, knee high boots, carrying a picnic basket in one hand and a baseball bat in the other, just isn’t acceptable.
*We have a plaque in our home that reads:
In Our House
We do second chances
We do I’m sorry’s
We do loud really well
We give hugs
We do love
We are family
And boy do we do loud REALLY well!
Picture of Phyllis Diller taken from http://www.lewrockwell.com/rogers/rogers43.html