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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Let them play!

Wow! Go Barbie!

Check out what Barbie and Mattel are doing! They have created a website dedicated to the question and subsequent discussion of "Are girls growing up too fast"? And what can we as parents do about it! http://www.webelieveingirls.com/index.html


The point of the website is to encourage parents, teachers, leaders, and, well basically all people who work with young girls, to let them be young girls!

Here are a few things from their website that they "believe" in:

~~We believe in girls. In their dreams. And in their very natural, built-in desire to change the world.

~~We believe in playtime (and more of it).

~~We believe, in fact, that the magic of a happy, playful, inspired girlhood is the same secret ingredient that creates happy, inspired and powerful women.

This is such an important issue. I see daily how TV, movies, cartoons, other children, and books are pushing little girls not to be little girls, but to be young women. I have to monitor everything. I don't want my daughter (she's 8) to grow up sheltered, but I just think at her age she shouldn't have to think about whether or not she's skinny enough, or if she has an ipod or cell phone yet, or if she's "cool!

I recently read an article that said the the Tween years has become the new Teen years:

In some ways, it‘s simply part of a kid‘s natural journey toward independence. But child development experts say that physical and behavioral changes that would have been typical of teenagers decades ago are now common among "tweens" — kids ages 8 to 12.

Zach is starting to notice it in his friends, too, especially the way they treat their parents.

The shift that‘s turning tweens into the new teens is complex — and worrisome to parents and some professionals who deal with children. They wonder if kids are equipped to handle the thorny issues that come with the adolescent world.

She and others who study and treat children say the reasons it‘s happening are both physical and social.

Along with that, even young children are having to deal with peer pressure and other societal influences.

And many tweens model what they see, including common plot lines "where the kids are really running the house, not the dysfunctional parents," says Plante, who in addition to being Zach‘s dad is a psychology professor at Santa Clara University in California‘s Silicon Valley.
read the rest:http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/articles/tweensnewteens.htm


I think this is a great thing Barbie is doing.



What about you?

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