Tuesday, September 25
I can't comment right now, and only about every third comment makes it through the filters at my work email, but I needed to respond to my anonymous commentor...
Would you pay $100 for a hand-held computer game for your son? Yes, it is his only handheld device, unlike four thousand dollies my daughter owns.
Then why won't you spend the same for your daughter? I would for something unique.
You never know until your daughter gets the doll exactly how much she is going to play with it (same for hand-held computer games) but many girls get a phenomenal amount of play value out of their American Girls dolls (or Maplelea Girl dolls in Canada). My daughter is equally happy with the funny bald baby from Target and the mutant freak looking hand me down dolly that never sleeps (One eye is stuck open)--What a phenomenal amount of play value we've gotten from those dolls that didn't set me back a hundred plus dollars.
If you calculate the cost per hour of play, for many girls these dolls can be some of the best money a parent could ever spend. Unless One-Eye, the intensive care baby, lets her play hospital and means she makes up her own stories instead of getting locked into a scripted (although historically accurate) storyline that she would follow faithfully.
Furthermore, the values put forth by American Girl and Maplelea Girls is far better than what comes with a Bratz doll.
If you had read my blog at all you'd know that I hate Bratz and their ilk with a screaming purple passion, and that they are banned from our house. I have no problem with the AG dolls and their values, I have an issue with their price, and the unsolicited catalog sucking my daughter in... Luckily I also have the ability to crush her eternal hopes of receiving a hundred dollar doll at five years old, of receiving a power wheels car, EVER, of getting a puppy and a baby sister under the tree simultaneously, and still letting my kid know that she is loved. Why do people think more money makes it better? Having said that, I adore Pleasant Company and plan on buying many of their books for my daughter when she is at the right age. Again, if you'd ever read my blog before, you'd know I'm a sucker for my kids, but am on a pretty tight budget, and whine to my bloggy friends when it gets to be too much. Anonymous comments are weak--put your name in the comment, at least.