Over Christmas, I was reading Abby her newest Barbie book, My Favorite Friends. She wanted to read it over and over again, and Barbie really started to annoy me.
Barbie is a movie star! She enjoys playing different roles in all her films. From a fairy princess to a mermaid, Barbie can do it all!
After working on movie sets all day, Barbie comes home to the Dream House, a swimming pool, and cool friends. She and Ken go out on a date to her new premier, and life is good ….
By the second time I read it, I wanted to change the story line.
Barbie is sick and tired of having to do it all. After a long day’s work, her friends come over and mess up her house, but no one offers to help her clean it up. Ken wouldn’t know what a broom looked like if one hit him in the face (not to mention, he has commitment issues).
Of course, I didn’t have the guts to tell Abby that Barbie doesn’t have it all. She’ll figure it out soon enough. Maybe someday Barbie will pop out a few kids, get wrinkles, and tell Ken it’s time to settle down or hit the road.
For now, Barbie continues to live the dream life. I can’t decide if Barbie’s aspirations are positive for little girls, or are they just setting them up for disappointment and unrealistic expectations?