My Barbie Confession

She keeps asking and I keep coming up with excuses. I tell her that I have to clean out the dishwasher or change out the laundry from the washing machine. And each time, she says, “Ok, Mommy, we can play Barbies when you are done.” And she waits. She actually sits there and waits. Finally, I cave and end up playing for only 10 minutes because my brain can’t take the mind numbing experience for any longer length of time. I usually end up telling her that the Barbie Dreamhouse was destroyed by a monster and poor Ken didn’t survive. I know, it’s not pretty nor good parenting in the least, but I truly hate playing Barbies.

Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with my kids. I can color, do puzzles, play doh, dance parties, pretend restaurant, and all that good stuff. There is just something about playing Barbies that makes me want to throw them out the window and hope that a raccoon eats them. Is that bad? Probably.

I think the reason it bothers me so much is that I can’t think of anything to make them do. There’s only so many times you can get them dressed for a ball or go up and down the plastic elevator. I’m fried. I need to find a book or website that provides Barbie scenarios – ideas for those of us who are incapable of playing with dolls whose body shapes make me annoyed. Maybe I’ll just pull from reality and have Barbie get pissed at Ken because he can’t put his socks in the laundry bin, or maybe Barbie goes to the gym and decides to read a magazine instead of working out. Maybe if we do that, playing with Barbies might prove therapeutic for us grown ups. Or maybe it will require our children to need therapy at a later date. It’s a toss up.

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  1. haha! This is one activity our Barbie likes to get up to http://xcartwright.blogspot.com/2012/10/getting-some-action.html although, I’m not sure you want to go there with your daughter just yet….. Needless to say, she’s a tramp, and most probably a terrible influence on your daughter. Slutty Barbie does however, make the BEST rubber teething toy for my 6 months old, who’s a little young for Barbie (maybe), but Momma is definitely okay with that..:)

  2. Very funny! How about Barbie going to school? Your daughter can be the teacher and you and Barbie can be participants in a spelling or math bee. I’m sure you would win every time!

  3. My sister and I used to turn the dream house into a hospital. We wasted rolls of medical tape bandaging Barbie limbs. Yarn for iv lines… a little sick, but it should kill some time!

  4. Nothing like chopping all Barbie’s hair off. It’s a therapeutic activity, but also an idea for kids to cut other youngins’ hairs. Which is not always a good thing, especially when it happensmat daycare or school. :)

  5. I recall only having one Ken to at least a half dozen Barbies. You could always do a re-enactment of The Bachelor.

  6. I always used to make my polly pockets have sex as a kid. I know, no help. Just enjoy the weirdness.

  7. When my sister was 6 or 7, she would put on naked Barbie doll shows in her bedroom window and all the neighborhood boys would come over on their bikes and watch. Just something to consider … ;>

  8. I used to love playing Barbies but now as an adult, it’s not as fun. My daughter usually wants me to play princess with her.

  9. Love it! I also love that I have several kids that can play with each other so I don’t have too. I hate pretend games.

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