Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: A big city in a big state
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My 4-year-old I know is attracted to Barbies because I see her staring at other little girls' Barbies, but I have made it sooooo fun to play with so many other dolls that I think (I HOPE) she will forget Barbie.
She loves Mowgli, for example, the Jungle Girl from the Jungle Book. Yes, she is a girl - in our house at least. My dh and I both take turns all day spening HOURS playing with her blocks her cars her balls and her non-Barbie dolls and doing other educational stuff like gardening or cooking/cleaning together or reading books, etc. No TV, either.
Also, we keep her away from playgroups where all the little girls play with Barbie and all the little boys play with trucks. She is at our own private on-site day care (max 2 or 3 hours per day) where of course, nobody has ever heard of the woman who can't decide between pink and hot pink clothes.
I commend you for not giving up on this battle. I am sometimes SO SURPRISED that after days or weeks of frustration with something (whatever, it is) that a long explanation of my position ACTUALLY CONVINCES my dd. Kids really can be reasonable. Just sit and explain your concerns to her in terms that she can understand. Tell her more than that Barbie is sick, there are many other reasons to stay away from Barbie. Like someone else mentioned, they all look the same (that is not good and that is not life). Also, too much focus on material possessions and clothes and appearance. There are more important things in life, my dd, like generosity and kindness and inventions and math. Etc. Good luck, I am sure to face this issue soon myself. I can't keep her away forever.