My daughter is still an infant so I haven't dealt with this as a parent yet, but I will say my mom was very opposed to Barbies when I was young. Of course that was what I asked for as a present from everyone else (I convinced my teenage male cousin to buy my first Barbie). I managed to collect at least 10 Barbies, none of which was purchased by my parents. Although I dealt with some typical body issue images as a teenager, I think my mom counter-balanced the Barbie thing with lots of positive books and messages about women so I recognized at an early age that the Barbies were fun to play with, but were not in any way representative of what a woman should look like. I think that you are the best strong woman role model for your daughter and that playing with Barbies will not negate other positive messages you provide. From your daughter's perspective, Barbies are fun because they have lots of clothes to play dress-up with and you can move the arms and legs. Good luck! Miranda
I have two girls. I did not purposely keep Barbie out of the house, but we just started getting them as gifts. My girls like them becuase they can go in the bath or the sink and they don't get ruined. I have seen my girls have some great imaginative play with the Barbies taking a trip to Africa to see the animals. etc. So far, there is no mention of their shape or their makeup or any of the other stuff that gives Barbie a bad rap. I have some of my ancient Barbie stuff (a camper van and some clothes) that the girls have played with also.
When I was seven my dad got me a Barbie against my motherÂs wishes. My Barbie rode horses, led wagon trains, swam, climbed fences & mountains and escaped from bad guys. She also had to find food and clothing and make a house in the wilderness (of the backyard) for the other dolls in her charge. There was only so much you could do with a baby doll, mostly be a mother, and I felt that got boring.
Oh did I have a serious, serious Barbie thing. I had the 3 story town house, the van (I could fit my puppy in it), a traveling house, clothes, furniture, dishes, I don't know HOW many barbies. LOVED my Barbies. And I was considered an attractive girl but always grew up telling my friends to develop their personalities because ALL beauties fade and there is nothing sexier then a beautiful MIND. (Guess who taught me that?) I am not a girlie girl but can be when I feel like it and I can honestly say that it is not Barbie that you should worry about warping the mind of your lovely daughter...it will be her friends, family, boyfriends. Give her a good foundation so when she has a few earthquakes she learns to roll and not stand rigid. Trust that you will be able to kick that dumb blond perfectly skinny unrealistic little dolls behind with your super mom powers...;)
Barbie Been there Done That