When Sam and Alex were young, I did not encourage them to play with dolls. It’s just such a stereotype — as though telling girls that they have no future but taking care of babies. I encouraged puzzles. 3D puzzles like building blocks, including Lego. Jigsaw puzzles. And art. And, yes, interactive computer games including a program that taught them words in several languages. Each word came with an illustration that made learning easier. The girls shocked my mother when they started naming fruits in Spanish and Italian.
Of course, grandmothers being grandmothers, the grandmothers from both sides of the family showered them with Barbie dolls. Thing is, after a few weeks of changing the dolls’ costumes, they were often found lying around forgotten — naked and filthy.
If you’re one of those parents who think that it is okay for little girls to play with dolls in preparation for the inevitability of motherhood, you might want to consider a more realistic approach.
At least it’s educational. :mrgreen:
P. S. Thanks to my brother-in-law, Sonny, again for the link to this video. Apparently, he has a lot of friends (who do nothing all day but surf the web for funnies) who forward links to him. LOL