While I didn't want 5-year-old dd watching Disney Princess movies, my inlaws had her at their place the other day and got out Snow White. Dh was showing her old Donald Duck movies and I guess they thought it was all right.
Then dh and dd were in a store and of course she saw the Disney My First Princess Snow White. She loves dolls and is getting two very nice ones for Christmas, one from Santa and one from my inlaws. She desperately wants this Snow White and begged me all day yesterday. She gets an allowance and has enough to buy it.
What do I do? I see 3 choices.
1. Buy the doll for her for Christmas and get the best mom of the year award. However, I hate buying cheap plastic toys, dislike Disney princesses, and prefer not to support either of those by buying them new.
2. We are going away for 3 weeks. Let her save her money and see if she remembers the toy when she gets back (she likely will). Get it used on Ebay with her allowance. Teaches her to wait instead of immediately buying something that she wants. She feels that I should just let her buy it now with her allowance.
3. Let her go to the mall and buy it with her saved allowance. My theory is that her allowance is her discretionary money and although I would like her to make "good" choices with it, I also want her to have the ability to exercise judgment.
ETA: I did show her a couple of dolls on Etsy that are Snow White, but she likes the soft one and those are wood. Maybe I will see if there are patterns and ask grandma to knit her one.....
Edited by widemouthedfrog - 12/22/10 at 3:48pm