No other doll has sparked as much conversation as Barbie.

But maybe kids don’t see Barbie the way adults do? We are excited to begin this #BarbieProject journey and invite you to share what you see, hear and feel when you watch your kids play with Barbie.

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Raising empowered girls is so important to me. My daughters have grown up with constant girl power messages. Sometimes I think it goes in one ear and out the other. I was thrilled the other day when Kennedy’s big sister told her about Rosie the Riveter.  She had bits and pieces from her History class and I explained why the iconic image was so important to women. They decided that they wanted to recreate the poster with Barbie.  Of course I was beaming all over the place! It is important to celebrate our strengths!! Check her out! Yes We Can!

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This was Amelia’s first Barbie, the summer before she started first grade. She had to have four (4!!) teeth pulled so this was her super big reward from the Tooth Fairy. She spent all summer swimming with her in the pool. Thinking about it now, all of her Barbie dolls focus on “doing” something: mermaids, SCUBA Barbie, Pilot Barbie, Entrepreneur Barbie, Astronaut Barbie, Surfer Barbie. 

I like that my daughter focuses on what Barbie can do over what she looks like. What a great message for girls!

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The day Amelia opened Entrepreneur Barbie I was so excited because as a small business owner myself I want her to take in interest in how business works and to grow with the confidence that some day she can be the boss. This weekend we are having a lemonade stand to raise money for charity, so we talked about branding, social enterprise, customer service, quality control (this means we sampled all the cookies we baked!), supply and demand, overhead and gross/net profits, math and money, and location, location, location. 

There are so many chances for parents to turn playtime and your child’s coveted toys into teachable moments. Oh and as it would turn out, Amelia’s Entrepreneur Barbie runs a cougar trapping business.

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I found this collection of items on my daughter’s book shelf interesting. I teach her “there are many different ways to be a girl”, and I think these items demonstrate that: a photo of her and her dad exploring the beach, a beloved toy tarantula, a lantern from Syria her uncle and auntie brought to her to remind her there is a big world waiting for her, of jar of little trinkets she treasures, two Barbie bangles, and a stack of classic literature about empowered girls.

Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies | #BarbieProject Tumblr Takeover

I found this collection of items on my daughter’s book shelf interesting. I teach her “there are many different ways to be a girl”, and I think these items demonstrate that: a photo of her and her dad exploring the beach, a beloved toy tarantula, a lantern from Syria her uncle and auntie brought to her to remind her there is a big world waiting for her, of jar of little trinkets she treasures, two Barbie bangles, and a stack of classic literature about empowered girls.

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When I was little and played with my Barbie dolls I would always put things away in a meticulous order. As you can see, my daughter is a bit of the opposite. I watch her play and listen in on the adventures she creates and it takes me right back to my childhood; but then I find something like this and I have to smile at how alike and yet how different we are. I think that is what makes mother-daughter relationships so special.

 

Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies | #BarbieProject Tumblr Takeover

When I was little and played with my Barbie dolls I would always put things away in a meticulous order. As you can see, my daughter is a bit of the opposite. I watch her play and listen in on the adventures she creates and it takes me right back to my childhood; but then I find something like this and I have to smile at how alike and yet how different we are. I think that is what makes mother-daughter relationships so special.

 

When your child plays with Barbie, do you spot everyday life in the play?
While their imaginations and creativity stretch so far when playing, I do see a lot of our usual routines and way of life peeking through.
It’s play imitating life.
For instance, this was overheard one day while the twins were playing with Barbie:
“No Sophia, Ken cannot drive the car. Ever. Mom always drives”
And it’s true, being the stay-at-home Mom, I‘m always driving! To and from school, shopping, activities, errands.
I didn’t realize this before, but the kids are always in the car with me – while I drive. My husband taking the wheel when we are all together, is a rare occurrence.
If you listen, watch and play Barbies with your kids – I’m sure you’ll discover something that makes a bigger impact on their life than you would think.

Whether it be crazy out-of-this-world scenarios or maybe just play imitating life - What do you hear and feel when you play with Barbie?
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When your child plays with Barbie, do you spot everyday life in the play?

While their imaginations and creativity stretch so far when playing, I do see a lot of our usual routines and way of life peeking through.

It’s play imitating life.

For instance, this was overheard one day while the twins were playing with Barbie:

No Sophia, Ken cannot drive the car. Ever. Mom always drives

And it’s true, being the stay-at-home Mom, I‘m always driving! To and from school, shopping, activities, errands.

I didn’t realize this before, but the kids are always in the car with me – while I drive. My husband taking the wheel when we are all together, is a rare occurrence.

If you listen, watch and play Barbies with your kids – I’m sure you’ll discover something that makes a bigger impact on their life than you would think.

Whether it be crazy out-of-this-world scenarios or maybe just play imitating life - What do you hear and feel when you play with Barbie?

My Organized Chaos | #BarbieProject Tumblr Takeover