Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A New Day!

Whoo Hoo! Let's hear it for 8+ hours of sleep! NOW I'm ready to tackle the world. I think I'll start with all the things I didn't do yesterday. All the kids took nice long naps in the afternoon, so I took advantage of it and just relaxed. It was glorious. Then I took myself to the dentist and picked up KFC on the way home. For a Do Nothing kind of day, everything worked out pretty well! It even works out that we didn't make our Thank You cards because I've had something come up and won't be able to take the kids to the library this morning. We'll just move the cards into today's fun spot and go from there. Yup, I think that's a good plan for today!

I do have a question for anyone who cares to answer. I told Elise I'd reward her if she didn't have any cavities because I'd much rather give money to her to encourage taking good care of her teeth than to the dentist to fix neglect. She had a perfect check up and got her money, and knew just what she wanted. We talk often about avoiding impulse purchases and spending money wisely but when it comes to her money I generally let her spend it (a little at a time) on what she wants. I'm not saying I don't try to talk her out of things I wouldn't buy for her myself, but if she has her heart set on something I respect her enough to let her choose unless it's just a plain waste of money or completely inappropriate. Yesterday she bought two Monster High dolls, which didn't thrill me because we are seriously drowning in Barbie type dolls. I'm also conflicted over these particular dolls. I know Vampires are "hip" right now, and that is bleeding into other ghoulish types. I know that Elise is outgrowing her Barbies, and I know that these are just dolls and she's not going to start wearing revealing clothes because her dolls look like hookers, but check these things out!

They're like undead Bratz! I hate Bratz. They do have appealing little back stories and fun accessories. Draculara is a vegan Vampire, and there's no mention of Frankie Stein's dad being electrocuted bits of old corpses. Mattel has taken the scary out of Monsters so that's not an issue. I'm sure it is because I didn't play with dolls as a kid so I just generally don't get them, but I can't look at these things and wonder if I really want them around my girls. What do you all think?


  1. I think my views maybe a little different than others who sent you messages. I am a firm believer to stand for what you believe and the messages that are sent to our children through movies, games, and toys. Up until this last Christmas we didn't have any form of video games, but we allowed grandma to buy a DSI for him for christmas, but because we've never had them he doesn't really play it alot unless we go on trips, he then plays in the car.
    I too hat the Bratz dolls and would never buy them because of the clothes they wear. Think with in yourself and what messages you want your kids to get from it. Maybe help her make some cute clothes for the doll that are more modest, it's not really about the clothes to the kids its about the vampire and teeth. Good luck, too bad our kids didn't come with hand books when they were born!!!

  2. Yeah, I definitely say NO if it's something I really object to, but one something that just doesn't appeal to me, well, that's harder. My kids have Leapsters instead of DSs or PS3s for the same reason. And I'm pretty strict with non-educational TV, too, because I just don't like the content. Dolls like this though, are kinda murky water. I'm not really worried they'll make her a Goth hooker, but they don't please me in the way I'm pleased when they choose art supplies. (Madelyn chose a huge bottle of pipe cleaners and pom poms. There's a lot to be said for a craft obsessed four year old...) I sure could use one of those instruction hand books that don't exist!