Just for fun, check out Barbie Through the Ages. Anyone else own 1986’s Barbie and the Rockers?
Yeah, she was cool. Love that purple eye shadow.
Raising kids is tough, whether you’ve got little girls or little boys. With girls, parents have to be aware of the issues of modesty and body image. I read this article today on a life-size replica of Barbie, and it got me thinking about Barbie again, something my husband and I have discussed in the past. She’s not exactly modest and has been accused of hurting girls’ self-image. It’s common knowledge that Barbie is not anywhere near being anatomically correct, and in recent years, Mattel widened Barbie’s waist and shrunk her bustline.
Do you or will you let your little girl play with Barbie? The jury is still out on that issue here at the Daigle household. I will say that I never felt that Barbie affected my self image, positively or negatively.
Of course, there are other great alternatives to Barbie. We love the American Girl dolls. Isabelle has the Bitty Twins. While she’s not into changing their outfits or fixing their hair yet, she loves to care for them as her “beebee dolls.” I frequently find one hanging out in the baby swing or sitting on the training potty. I can’t wait to get her one of the historical AG dolls, and I’m hoping she’ll want Rebecca Rubin, the Jewish doll.
So what are your thoughts on Barbie?