I am facing a dilemma this Christmas. I have two 9 year old great nieces and when I asked their mother and aunt what to get them for Christmas it kind of upset me.
I hate to give gift cards or cash. I know this is the norm now but I find it impersonal, an easy way out and kind of a bad form of ettiquette. So, since I was stuck as to what 9 year old girls played with I thought it was easier to ask. Now boys are easy, give them robots, trucks, cars, or video games and your set.
I want Christmas to look like this. Present under the tree with wonder to behold.
This is what I envision when I have to give gift cards.
Now my niece told me her daughter still likes dolls although only in private because her friends made fun of her. Can you believe this, she is 9 for pity sake. The other great niece just got her ears pierced so I thought some earrings because any toy is out of the question, she is 9 going on 19. Her father said she likes going to the movies so I guess movie passes will have to do.
When did it become embarrassing for 9 year olds to play with dolls or play house or play with any toys. I am not that old and I played with my Barbies when I was 11 and still kept them long after that.
Could it be because dolls used to look like this.
Now they look like this and that is what little girls want to look like.
When I played dress up I looked kind of like this.
And now this is considered dress up or dress rehearsal.
This saddens and upsets me. Now that I have a little baby granddaughter I will do everything to make sure her young life is filled with dolls and tea parties and the magic of being a child. Do I believe I can protect her from the chaos and pressure put upon little girls through the media....you bet your boots I do!