1. No running or jumping on the stairs,
2. No hitting of any kind,
3. Sharing is a good thing,
4. No Bratz dolls (not necessarily in that order).
I know a lot of moms take issue with Barbie and see her as the devil’s spawn, but Bratz Girl dolls make Barbie look like Marcia Brady.
When we’re talking about role models, especially for our young daughters, it’s not just the messages that career women are sending that we need to evaluate. I admit that, as many, I take exception with Barbie’s unnatural body proportions, but there’s something really insidious about marketing dolls to kindergartners that look like a cross between Angelina Jolie and a street walker.
Rachel knows that’s one of the few toys we will not ever have in our house and when the subject comes up, she always dutifully parrots back my words:
“They really do wear too much make-up, Mommy. They’d look nicer if they didn’t wear any make-up — like you!” (OUCH!)
She still gets exposed to them, though — through the school Valentine cards that bear their likeness, other children own them and, yes, through commercials on TV (though, thankfully, most of the shows she likes are on stations that don’t have commercials).
But we saw one yesterday for the Bratz Babyz (who also have that lovely hoochie-mama look) and the huge Bratz head (‘ho’ make-up included). Rachel knows we’re not going to buy them, but she is instantly drawn to them, and I can’t quite figure out why. Subliminal messages emitted by the TV?
Given the choice, I’d rather have my daughter playing princess with Barbies than painting the new Bratz Girl make-up head with sparkly eye shadow and Vampira-like lipstick.
Now, how to send that message to well-meaning gift givers for the upcoming birthday and holiday seasons?