Dd (8yrs)found a doll that someone gave her when she was 1yo (someone gave us 2 of these dolls and about 4 baby versions of this brand)- the doll is very 'little girl' from a french co. called Corelle - I suppose it's the size and look of the American Girl dolls, but I don't really know because we don't have one. The doll is blonde with very beautiful clothes, sort of victorian little girl clothes and DD LOVES her.
N.E.-way.....Her best friend (7yrs) came over after school for a play date - I told her that there was another doll in the garage just like that one except with brunette hair. So, we found it.
DD said she wanted to give one of them to her BF - I told her that it was entirely up to her. She and her BF spent the next hour discussing the idea.
Heres the thing that impressed me. These girls were so compassionate, and caring and careful not to hurt each others feelings. DD & BF were saying things like - "No matter which doll we decide to keep - they are both beautiful and we are lucky to have them." and "I don't want you to worry that I'm going to take a doll if you don't really want me to, you just found these dolls in your own garage - if you're not ready to give one away, I totally understand." and "You are my best friend and I think it would be like we each have a doll version of the other at home to play with when we want.".....
It went on and on - no hurt feelings, no greed, no jealousy. Both are partial to the brunette doll - both were honest about that - but there was no fighting over it.
For now they decided that they would switch dolls at each play date and the task at this time is to pick a name and on the next playdate they will discuss if they like the name the other picked.
Thank you Attachment Parenting! I love watching this in action!!! I literally was standing outside the dining room while they were playing (listening in
) and weeping little tears of joy.